Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Julia Holter live at Concorde 2 Brighton

Last night I went to my first live music in Brighton for a while. The tickets were bought for me by my wife who knew I followed Julia Holter - indeed I have her latest vinyl album, Have You In My Wilderness.

If you don't know Julia Holter then this review of  her Bristol concert gives you a feel for what the gig would have been like rather better than I ever could. There's an excellent summary of her music in that review "like a lo-fi, left-field version of Kate Bush, with a bit of Bjork and Joanna Newsom"and "her songs tend not to follow the traditional pop convention in that they are rarely in 4/4 time and songs can be discordant and chaotic with the sort of odd time signatures and broken beats found in free-form jazz".

The jazz reference really came through live whereas it does not necessarily do that for me in listening at home, and its far more to do with the drumming than the saxophone. Live, the layers of the music really open up, and Julia Holter has a lot of layers.

Anyway this is a photo blog, not a music review. I took the combination of my cheapest Fujifilm body (the X-M1) and a vintage 85mm F2 Pentax lens and, being excused a couple of times from our comfortable perch towards the back, I was able to get these images without having to push myself all the way to the front.

 Julia Holter live on stage at Concorde 2 Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Julia Holter live in Brighton

Images are now added to my Brighton live music gallery.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Understated landscapes of the South Glamorgan Heritage coast

A couple of weeks ago I was in South Wales staying in the VW Camper at a campsite near Llantwit Major and the South Glamorgan Heritage coast. The weather was dull and uninteresting, not what people are usually looking for in landscape photography, but from the perspective of the understated landscape, positively ideal.

Vale Trail hedgerow - South Glamorgan
Vale Trail hedgerow - South Glamorgan
Glamorgan Heritage Coast bunker
Cwm Colhuw Beach, Llantwit Major
Telegragh amidst crop stubble
On the Vale Trail - South Glamorgan

I've added these images to my Glamorgan Coast gallery.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Regent's Canal from Kings Cross to Camden - stock photos bound for Alamy and Photoshelter

Last week, with a friend, I took a walk along the Regents Canal in inner London from Kings Cross to Camden Town. It was quite a fruitful stroll in terms of the photos I got, visiting two locations that I had often visited before and connecting them by a new route along the canal towpath.

This article is as much about where those images finish up on the internet as the photos themselves so before showing the images, I should explain the whys and wherefores of Alamy and scottyh.com, my photo archive site...

Alamy is a major UK online picture library with a global reach. Photos placed with them, when licenses are sold, are most likely to finish up in newspapers, magazines and books. This is the editorial market, the photos do not have to be necessarily pretty, interesting or arty to sell, they just have to be useful to the publisher. With 402 pages of 15 images per page at the link there are now over 6,000 of my photos available through the site.

What I describe as my image archive is at http://www.scottyh.com/-/galleries. It carries less photos than Alamy for two main reasons - 1) I no longer load my more utilitarian images to my archive and 2) coming along later, much of my photography before 2008 is not available on my archive at all. Seldom will a photo be sold from my archive to a newspapers, magazines and book publisher - most of the sales here will be requests for prints. It's a different audience.

Returning to the Regents Canal, here are the photos that will be appearing both at Alamy AND my archive:

Blue traditional terraced cottages amidst grey on Regents Canal*
Visitors at Camden Lock Market, now given over to specialty street food stalls
Hot dogs and crispy squid - street food stalls at Camden Lock Market
People on the Regents Canal passing the Gasholder Park development.
Hoarding carrying illustrations in front of Gasholder Park construction
The Kings Cross Gasholder Park Development*
Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park*
Gasholder No. 8, Gasholder Park*
The Regents Canal under Chalk Farm Road bridge

Futuristic homes on the Regents Canal at the rear of Sainsburys, Camden Town
Adorned sculptural metalwork entrance to the Regents Canal, Camden Town, London
Modern developments around the Regents Canal at Kings Cross, London
The Regents Canal towpath at Elm Village, London

These images, all monochrome, are bound for Photoshelter only but for some a colour version will be heading for Alamy:

Camley Street Natural Park on the Regents Canal at St Pancras*
A narrowboat manoeuvring through Camden Town on the Regents Canal
The canalside homes at Sainsburys Camden Town*
A nondescript office block on Camden Road viewed from the Regents Canal
Canalside architecture around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London
Graffiti on the Regents Canal Towpath where it meets St Pancras Way
The Fair Lady at Camden Lock
And finally, these are the photos that will go to Alamy only. They are selected because I deem them less interesting or that the colour version is more saleable to the editorial market:

Visitors at Camden Market, London in the area at Camden Lock given over to specialty and gourmet  street food stalls
Gasholder Park development, Kings Cross viewed from Granary Square
A security man at Granary Square, Kings Cross, London
A narrowboat carrying cargo manoeuvring through Camden Town at Camden Lock on the Regents Canal
A nondescript office block on Camden Road viewed from the Regents Canal at Camden Town, London
Canalside architecture off the towpath around the Camden Road Bridge at Camden Town, London
St Pancras Hospital water tower, Granary Street, London
Glutton electric powered street vacuum cleaner at Kings Cross, London
The cruising restaurant  narrowboat Fair Lady moored beneath a Welcome to Camden mural
Futuristic homes on the Regents Canal designed by architects Nicholas Grimshaw
Things may turn out differently but those are my plans for these right now. You were most probably only interested in the photos weren't you?

* Finally, (not wanting to confuse things too much!) some of these images are good enough to be extracted from the thousands on these two sites and placed with the far fewer on my portfolio site ScottyH.com. I'll get around to that sometime!

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

More wanderings up the Stokes Croft corridor in Bristol

I'm not sure if  'Stokes Croft corridor' is an area that would be recognised by the people of Bristol but, in taking a walk with my daughter on a visit a couple of weeks ago on a figure of eight route out of Kingsdown, down through the Dove Street estate onto Stokes Croft itself, along Cheltenham Road and Gloucester Road and back through St Andrew's and Cotham, that is a term that I have come up with that sounds a bit better than 'wandering along the A38'.

Anyway, here's a few more photos from the streets of Bristol to add to the collection at my photo library.

Spring Hill and views to the city of Bristol

Spring Hill crossing Somerset Street, Kingsdown, Bristol
A view over the city of Bristol from Spring Hill crossing Somerset Street, Kingsdown
The cobbles of Spring Hill, Kingsdown, Bristol
A small community garden at the Dove Street flats, Bristol
View over Bristol from the Dove Street flats
One of the tower blocks of the Dove Street flats, Bristol
Westmoreland House, Stokes Croft
The Metropolis on Cheltenham Road, Bristol. Once a cinema, then a comedy venue, boarded up at the start of 2012.
Cafe at the Well Laundrette - a successful independent business on Cheltenham Road, Bristol
Graffiti off Gloucester Road St Andrew's, Bristol
Painted terraced homes on Fremantle Road, Cotham, Bristol
The Arches railway viaduct, Cotham