My First Public Exhibition

I must admit I was really nervous about this exhibition. I’ve recently become part of a small collective (5 of us) of street photographers from the Newcastle Area. One of our number arranged for us to put on a small exhibition as part of The Late Shows event in Newcastle over the weekend of 18-20th May. Our venue was a volunteer run cinema called The Star and Shadow Cinema, which has re-opened after a venue move and rebuilding.

All my time as a photographer I have never had my images on display outside of social media. So it was very nerve racking having 7 of my images printed and framed then put on show next to 21 others. The pictures were actually on display in the passageway leading into the venue so nearly everyone went past them at some point.

What I really enjoyed was the large number of people who stopped and looked for some time at each image, making comments to their friends. Then when some actually talked to us photographers asking questions and making observations on our photography style etc. To me that is what stood out. Nowadays it’s all about likes and 1 sec glances at images on Facebook, Instagram et al. Which is the current and future way images are generally viewed (I do understand and accept that). But the visceral feeling of your photograph on a wall being looked at by strangers…one of the most humbling and pleasant things on my photographic journey.

Hopefully this will be the first of many such events. But if it’s the last..I will cherish it forever.

These are the various links to the NE1 Street Collective and the individual Instagram links.

NE1 Street Collective

Hazel Plater

Chris Harrison

Maria Maza

Colin Bell

Me

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Photo Tour pt.6: Hitching to Carlisle

Lee and Jazzbell’s blogs are always entertaining. Get him followed!!

RADIOMOTHS

We were supposed to check out of the hostel at like 10:30 and I’ve started this sentence like we were massively late when in fact we were out by 10:36 so yeah considering I’m travelling with Jazz that’s like a record or something. We grabbed some cardboard from the Lidl next door and headed to the Clyde to write Carlisle on it.

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Been a bad, bad Blogger..

As every day goes by I think “need to post some stuff on my WordPress account, it’s been ages…”.

Not much words..(I type this while looking out of window every 5 minutes wondering where the lens I ordered is! I rarely buy from strangers online, but this was a good deal and I did as much checking as I could. Seller says been picked up and on it’s way. But, the delivery tracking reference doesn’t work….and….I’m the nervous type!!)

I am still just doing “street” photography at the moment. I did photograph a model last week but it was an off the cuff thing really as we met for a coffee on her birthday and she asked if I would take some pics of her. I only had my Fuji X100f with me. There was a park opposite the cafe and the sun was shining so –

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My good friend Chris and I had a couple of trips out to Scarborough and Hexham with mixed results from the latter.

Scarborough

Hexham

Otherwise mainly been around Newcastle.

I am excited about two items of “news”

I have become a member of a recently formed Street Photography Collective called NE1 Street Collective

NE1 Street Collective

We are 5 like minded Newcastle based photographers who have been working together for a few months now. We have an exhibition of our work this weekend in Newcastle as part of the Cities Late Shows programme.

Late show details

And I have pulled a small book together of my recent Street images. Mainly for my benefit but it is technically for sale here

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But you can preview it without buying it! I would be interested hearing what you think.

That’s it for now. I will leave you with a few recent images.

Until next time…keep shooting!

John

Using Shadows In Street Photography

Excellent little article…with useful tips and great images.

Chris Harrison Photo Blog

We are often told when doing photography, not to shoot in strong sunlight as it creates harsh shadows. Especially mid day when the sun is at its highest. It is true of course that the sun does create very hard shadows at midday, so that is exactly when I set out to shoot.

Last Friday ( 4th May 2018) was a beautiful day and I went out with my camera with the simple plan of making images using very hard shadows. It’s a little bit hit and miss when you try this but eventually you get it right-or you get lucky.

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One of the things to aim for is finding a shaft of light , so that when people pass through or stand in that light you can press the shutter and get the shot. The next three images worked very well for that.  The first one presented…

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When it happens….

As a street photographer I’m always looking for that “decisive moment” as captured by the legends of photography notably Henri Cartier-Bresson who, I believe, coined the phrase.

Now I have had a few images where my shutter has clicked at the perfect moment where a subject has done something (laugh, cry, sneeze whatever) or stepped out at the exact point where they interact with a street sign or poster. But often (mainly 😂) they are by accident.

But when you do get “that” shot…it gives you a warm feeling inside..and you do that inner “YESSS! thing with appropriate arm movement!

This week I was lucky enough to have a few of those moments.

It’s what makes us “street shooters” keep hanging around street corners camera in hand.

Keep shooting.

John

Getting Close In Street Photography

Chris is always well worth reading….and his images are stunning!

Chris Harrison Photo Blog

When you first start doing street photography it can be pretty scary. You assume that everyone will notice you and you feel nervous and maybe even a little wary of what might happen. Will people get upset, angry or even violent?
The most important thing to remember is that you are doing nothing wrong. You are not breaking the law by making images of people in public. There is no right to privacy in public. If there was then cctv wouldn’t be able to exist or be used. Some people say there is a moral side to consider, and I agree. I don’t make images of homeless people, or people in obvious distress. There may be exceptions to both of those but I would have to way up the situation at the time to see if it was justified.

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Travel Is Good For The Soul….

Or..It’s not how far you go…its the fact that you go (I’m sure someone famous said that – but if not, I’m claiming it!)

I think I said in my last post – actually I know I did because I looked- that I was enjoying my street photography and that I hoped to travel more.  Well I organised a trip, which while not technically “abroad” was to Yorkshire.  Trust me it is a different country in someways (I joke).

I have been photographing around Newcastle a lot recently.  I love the place and always find subjects and different areas to shoot.  But It can get to a point where I have to force myself to head in.  So my good friend Chris (he is on here as Chrisharrisonphoto ) and I decided to head for York for the day.  The weather forecast was better than usual – only 50% chance of rain – and hopefully some sun may peek through what has been a really awful winter and spring here in the North East.
We set off around 8am and had a good trip down. To park near the town centre, as Chris is not very mobile, cost us an arm and a leg  £12 for about 5 hours! But hey…we were on a holiday!
For anyone looking for a weekend break (or longer), that doesn’t know the place, York is a terrific city for a visit.  You get tons of history, plenty of great attractions and lots of pubs! The natives are friendly and while at the height of summer it can get overflowing with visitors and hen/stag parties..its big enough to cope.  However it is a compact city so easy to get around.

For a street photographer the place is wonderful…lots of alleyways and side streets and a mass of people basically expecting to see people with cameras.  Chris and I fitted right in!

Anyway, enough chatter here come some of my pics from the day.  taken on a mix of my Fuji X100f and the X-T2 with 35mm f1.2 lens.

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More from my travels another time.  Although my next blog will likely be Newcastle again!
Feel free to comment and share.

Keep shooting!

John Jobling

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Where I’m At Right Now

As my multitude of followers (that’s irony) will know my blog is pretty much just another vehicle to show off my photographs. I wonder, what the hell did we all do before social media for “exposure”? I assume showed the wife, girlfriend and cat I suppose?….oh and the guys (it was always guys) down the Camera Club – who gave you fifteen shades of criticism about why your image was so bad – should you be in one. You could send prints into Amateur Photographer I suppose and hope they might pick it for publication. We are so spoilt now.

Anyway, apologies, I digress. Yeah as I said I mainly use this blog to share my work.

You also will have noticed that earlier blog posts concentrated on what is called “Model” or “Fashion” photography. Done purely as a hobby this was an area I concentrated on for about 3/4 years. I was still shooting the odd music gig or street scene, but it would be 90% pretty girls.

I really enjoyed doing it. I met some amazing people and it was a great technical exercise learning how to get better shots and work different genres and people.

To break up the text here is a gratuitous model shot

But just around Christmas I was taking stock of life, as you do, and realised that I was taking more and more photographs of people, situations around the area where I live. I found myself watching YouTube videos on Street Photography and followed more and more similar minded folk on Instagram (as well as blogs on here).

I realised that I was really enjoying the results. The main difference between this and model shoots was the complete lack of stress and pressure. Don’t get me wrong my model stuff was still just a hobby, it wasn’t keeping a roof over my head or anything. But there were appointments to be made and kept. Models expected images edited and returned promptly. So the stresses were my own. Then there was the “promotional” side of things, sharing on Social Media etc looking for the next shoot or another location.

But street photography I do purely for me. I can go out with one camera, no lights, gear, worrying about the weather, if the model will turn up, will she like my work etc etc.

The streets are always there….

I keep trying different techniques, looking for new subjects, new places to shoot. I find myself planning trips to new cities, towns. I’m thinking of printing some of my work, maybe getting a book of street images done. I did a proper website John Jobling Photography

I’m even thinking of where to go abroad to “street” shoot.

So there you are. Currently I gave myself a 6 month break from model shoots (ends in June) when I will re-assess how I feel. Am I missing it? Not really no. I miss the interaction with the girls I shot, that was always fun and I made some good friends. But I haven’t missed it as much as I thought I would. Let’s see what happens in June.

So I am in a pretty good place photography wise right now.

Let’s hope it continues.

Comments/Shares always welcome.

Keep shooting.

Until next time, take care

John