Friday, December 19, 2014

Art in glass photo story

In 2014 one of my highlights was photographing a glass blowing session, together with my wife and fellow photographer Magda, at Marcel Vlamynck's Art in Glass studio in Brugge, Belgium.

During the session I concentrated mainly on shooting still images but also took a moment to film Anneleen who was working together with her father, master glass artist, Marcel Vlamynck. She is a talented glass artist too.

The famous Flemish actor and photogenic artist, Luk D'Heu, a keen glassblower himself, was also there adding his good humoured comments to the ambiance.



Master glass artist Marcel Vlamynck and daughter Anneleen put the finishing touches to a vase while Flemish artist and actor Luk D'Heu looks on.

Master glass artist Marcel Vlamynck uses a wad of wet newspaper in his hand to shape a piece of molten glass.
Marcel and Anneleen examine a glass vase, glowing hot at around 1,000 °C, as he rolls his blowpipe on the rails of his work station. Gravity is used to help shape the glass.
When glass is at around 1,090 °C it glows orange. Marcel Vlamynck uses a tool to shape molten glass.
Marcel Vlamynck concentrates as he blows down a blowpipe (or blow tube) to inflate molten glass so that it forms a bubble (or parison).
Master glass artist Marcel Vlamynck clearly enjoys his work as he stands in front of the furnace waiting for his molten glass creation to reach the right temperature for the next stage of the process.
A tense moment as the glass vase Marcel is working on is transferred from his blowpipe to Anneleen’s ponty.
Master glass artist Marcel Vlamynck adds the finishing touches to Anneleen’s vase.
Marcel and Anneleen high-five each other with their heat resistant gloves in celebration after their glass creation is put into the annealer machine. There it will slowly cool down so that the glass is as free of stress as possible.

The video shows a number of other exciting still images from the session and selection of 22 images from are viewable on Flickr.

I hope you've enjoyed the photo story. Comments always welcome.

Till soon,
Paul


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

World War One Centenary

The video below shows a series of photographs I made in 2014 to tell the story of the centenary of the First World War. The images in the video plus more from this story, with full details about each image can be viewed on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/paulindigo/sets/72157648631424367

I recorded the Last Post live during the remembrance ceremony. The music accompanies the images I made at the Menin Gate, Ieper, Belgium.



Lest we forget...

Paul
www.indigo2photography.co.uk

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Steve McCurry Retrospective Exhibition Inverview

Steve McCurry was interviewed at his large new Retrospective exhibition in Monza, Italy. The exhibition features many of his iconic images but also new work, which he is proud to show for the first time.

The exhibition was designed by Peter Bottazzi to showcase McCurry's work in a way that compliments and establishes an interesting visual dialogue with the neoclassical Royal Villa.

As always Steve McCurry offers an interesting insight into his work and what it takes to be a photojournalist travelling the world. Enjoy.



Steve McCurry Retrospective Exhibition

Villa Reale di Monza
Viale Brianza, 1, 20052
Monza, Italy
199151140
http://www.mostrastevemccurry.it
October 30 - April 6, 2015

Thanks for watching.

Paul
www.indigo2photography.co.uk

Monday, October 27, 2014

Can image buyers pay less while artists earn more?


The answer is yes! Marketing departments, agencies, editors, art buyers, art directors and designers can all benefit from working directly with the artist.

The traditional route for an image buyer to find an image has been to go to a stock library or commission a photographer.

My top tip is to source and buy images direct from the artist. You will be able to negotiate a better deal than with a stock library and the artist will also be better off because they will not be giving up 50, 60 or even 80% of the selling price as commission to the stock library. The artist can afford to sell their work more cheaply than a stock library and still end up with more money in their pocket.

By dealing directly with the artist image buyers can licence an image under favourable terms, ensure competitors will not have the same image and perhaps even negotiate exclusivity. You will have direct access to authentic and original work.

There really are no barriers anymore for art buyers wanting to deal directly with artists.

How image buyers can gain the advantage:


  • Buy direct from the artist to save on budgets and reward the creators more fairly for their work
  • Use social media sites like Flickr to easily find the images you’re looking for from a vast, global pool of creative artists 
  • Online ecommerce and file transfer sites make transactions easy and secure, worldwide
  • Build a your own library of contacts and artists that you can rely on when working to tight deadlines
  • And last but not least: the pleasure of dealing with the artist directly, the creator.

So my plea to art buyers is: please consider buying direct from the artist.

If anyone reading this has any other tips for artists or art buyers I’d love to hear them. Feel free to join in the conversation.

Till soon,

Paul

www.indigo2photography.co.uk (we’re always happy to talk to art buyers looking for something specific)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Proof: Lynn Johnson on the Heroic Nature of Humanity

Photojournalist and National Geographic photographer Lynn Johnson shares her views on her work and what motivates her.

She is the recipient of awards including four World Press Photography Awards, seven Golden Quills for Photojournalism, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and Picture of the Year Award from the National Press Photographer Association.

For me her work really stands out because of the way she connects the viewer, in a direct and visceral way with the people that she photographs. Her images are elegant and beautiful but more importantly they give a voice to the people she photographs, helping them to tell their story.

Till soon,

Paul

www.indigo2photography.co.uk

Monday, October 06, 2014

Proof: Ed Kashi on the Greatest Work You'll Do

Being a photojournalist is challenging and difficult at times.

Emotionally it can also be a roller coaster. One day you're in harms way and the next you're sitting back at home in your normal environment. How do you reconcile the two worlds and what drives photojournalists to produce their best work. Ed Kashi puts it better than I could in the video below.




Hope you enjoyed that as much as did. Ed hits the nail on the head.

Back again soon.

Till then...

Paul
www.indigo2photography.co.uk

Saturday, August 09, 2014

A new venture

Well I've embarked on a new venture to sell prints of my work. Below is an embedded slide show generated from the content of my new website. There's plenty more to see and new work is added daily.

Fine  art prints are available on paper, canvas, metal and acrylic, and greeting cards, you can even get a custom iPhone case. So feel free to go crazy.

I'd very much value your feedback on the images, the website and experience of buying work. Naturally I hope you see something you'd like in your living room or as present for a special someone.

Art Prints

Thanks for taking a look.

Paul
http://paul-indigo.artistwebsites.com/