A sense of purpose

A sense of purpose

My first major rework of the website follows a year of change. Moving house, stepping down a gear or two but taking more time with my pictures. I have spent more time helping others with their photography whether they are beginners with #aphotoadayforayear or helping more established people get their first exhibitions. The year has been a rewarding one.

While my health has remained stable, fatigue plays a part in my daily existence – I have to work with it rather than against it. This year I have started using a converted infrared Sony NEX-7 – it allows me to explore the landscape but also at a time of day that would normally be prohibitive to a landscape photographer.

The Don’t Look Now exhibition continues at Moo and Two on Catherine Hill in Frome. I have to thank Euan for his passion and enthusiasm for my photography and photography in general. The experience of taking so many portraits has been amazing and the reactions of people (in them and seeing them) has been hugely enjoyable.

This year, some new things, some old things and some more things. More portraits, more film and a venture into some timelapse. I will continue to help and support others – it is good to give back.

Don’t Look Now exhibition continues to grow

Don’t Look Now exhibition continues to grow

The long-running Portraiture exhibition at Moo & Two, the distinctive coffee and tea shop on Frome’s historic Catherine Hill continues to grow. Now into its seventh month the rolling exhibition of informal portraiture has been extended to another wall. The people in the portraits are all regulars at Moo & Two and all the images are taken in the shop by photographer Dan Hopkins. The pictures are for sale but only to the subjects in the picture for £25.

Hidden Landscape exhibition at Moo & Two

Hidden Landscape exhibition at Moo & Two

A series of four infrared landscapes created in Somerset by Dan Hopkins.
Infrared photography offers a different view, a world where foliage is white, water is black, structures of trees can be seen through the leaves and the sky is dark.
These images are created with a converted digital camera rather than the more traditional filter system. Images can be created when the sun is at its strongest and at the height of summer to help create the strong contrast typical in infrared imagery.

UPDATE
Since posting this, all the framed images sold to one buyer!

Don’t Look Now

Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now
A new exhibition of portraiture featuring informal shots of customers and staff at Moo & Two, 27 Catherine Hill, Frome.
Exhibition runs from 19 May 2017 and images will be added so the exhibition evolves over time.

It all began on Valentines Day last year

It all began with an invite to meet with others outside of the National Theatre on the South Bank of the Thames on Valentines Day 2015. No one knew how many would show up on this grey and cloudy winter’s day in the heart of London. But people did come, men and women from all walks of life and all corners of the world. I had convinced my wife that it would be a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and much better than going out for a Valentine’s meal! She let me head out alone, feeling slightly guilty but with lots of curiosity.

I got to the South Bank around 2.30pm the rendezvous was for 3 pm, I watched as more and more people gathered. Close to two hundred photographers were now gathered waiting, waiting for Trey Ratcliff and the start of his much-anticipated photo walk. He arrived and made sure he shook everyone by the hand, even though this took a while and then took to a rampart to explain the plan for the afternoon.

trey-ratcliff-london-photowalk-2015

trey-ratcliff-london-photowalk-2015

 

He mentioned that he was meeting up with some members of “The Arcanum” for a drink afterwards and that we were all welcome to come! This was the first that I had heard of The Arcanum – what was this secretive group of photographers?

The Arcanum, I have since discovered is a peer to peer learning network for photographers, Groups (cohorts) and are placed together with a Mentor (Master) and learn together through a series of challenges. The members of the cohort are called Apprentices regardless of experience in the outside world, or their standing in the photographic community. So professional photographers and students and everything in between stand together in each cohort eager to help each other through photographic challenges of one sort or another. Sounds like fun!

I started my journey in August of 2015 joined the cohort of travel photographer Glenn Guy and only last week did I graduate and now waiting to join my next cohort. This website is part of the new post Arcanum world. Only images created after August 2015 will appear on the new website, old stuff can be found on www.bluearsefly67.co.uk but the focus has shifted and the quality has improved and danhopkins.photography is a new start.

We did try and go for a drink afterwards but 200 photographers attempting to squeeze into a riverside bar on Valentines night caused problems and we were asked to leave. Never did have that drink – maybe next time Trey!