PSYCHE PHOTO #10 – CHAD LELONG

#10 in a series on the role of psychology in photography.

Chad Lelong is the son of Jean Lelong and partner of Lene Sahlholdt. He is a professional pianist and one of my oldest (if not my oldest) friends.

He is one of the most loved people I know – he is welcomed everywhere he goes. He does nothing to garner this – it just happens. He was even listed as someone’s favourite thing about London in a Time Out interview.

Chad is roughly the same age as me (albeit a couple of years younger) so when I look closely at this image I can see signs of his ageing and consequently mine.

The question is; in selecting the portraits I show of my sitters am I seeking to produce an image which introduces them to the rest of the world or is the final image one that reflects something about my own psychology and, in which case, is the portrait just a vehicle for my subconscious?

 To be continued

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Off the Shelf – SETTLEMENT, NICK WAPLINGTON

I have a substantial number of photo-books. This is a log of the books that I most frequently take off the shelf .

This book examines the problematic question of Israeli settlement on the West Bank. The book shows portraits of the topography and settlers who inhabit this contested region. The whole work is the product of several years photography by Waplington.

What I like about ‘Settlement’ is the sense of the seeming normality of the people in the photographs against the harshness of the terrain. We feel their commitment to this land all the more because we can see what a hard life they seem to have. Presumably many of them have arrived from much more comfortable existences.

I’m challenged by the book because against the ordinariness of the terrain and the people is the massive question of their right to be there in the first place.

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I did a quick survey of the images and found that of the 39 families shown there were an average of 3.5 children per family of which 74 were girls and 63 were boys. This is interesting because not only is the birthrate much higher than in normal western countries there is a 15% predominance of girls over boys being born. In population terms that is a huge anomaly where international data shows women outnumber men by only 1% normally.

Here’s a link for more information on the book.

ALL IS ONE… LIFE IS GOOD IN LONDON

The Crepanini in Green Lanes, North East London, 2014

ALL IS ONE… LIFE IS GOOD IN LONDON (AI1+LIGIL) is a selection of pictures by me that go straight to the heart of this ancient city. The series is in production and I hope one day to publish them in a book.

I aim to publish at least once a week in this series known for short as ‘Ai1+LIGIL’

William Klein published ‘Life is Good and Good for you in New York City’ in 1956. It was a bomb for photo book publishing. For the first time on paper the frenetic activity of the worlds greatest city was laid out. Just leafing through it meant engaging with New York’s discordant harmony. Note – I think that the London of the 50’s, 60’s, 70′ and even 80’s would not have inspired the kind of frenetic treatment that inspires this collection of images. Now that London is securely the most cosmopolitan city in the world and its population is booming I feel the time is right to explore London’s own particular and peculiar energy through a photographic project like this.

Zoroastrian Academic, Golborne Road, 2012

Off the Shelf – SUNDAY, PAUL KOOIKER

I have a substantial amount of photo-books. This is a log of the books that I most frequently take off the shelf .

I bought this book at Dashwood Books in NYC and instantly fell in love with it. The pictures are of a bleached white fat woman in high heels who is shown in various poses on a dais in a suburban garden where the leaves are all blood red. The pictures communicate a very strong visual language closer to poetry.

Some of the images are manipulated to further objectify the woman body. I couldn’t tell you what the book is about – its power is in its unique vision.

The book is soft back in an edition of a 1000. The printing is very good with an almost metallic quality with deep blacks and good colour rendition.

Here’s a link for more information on the book.

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At London Fashion Week, October 2014, Somerset House

Off the Shelf – PARIS IN MY TIME, MARK STEINMETZ

I have a substantial amount of photo-books. This is a log of the books I most frequently take off the shelf.

Mark Steinmetz is a documenter of people in the urban environment. His eye is quiet by which I mean his pictures welcome contemplation more than reaction.

Paris in my time is the product of 25 years of visits. At first I wasn’t too enamoured by the book (I love his other works) but Lucy Moore at Claire de Rouen books urged me to take it and I have begun to enjoy it now. The pictures are often of people completely involved in their own world. Like his other books there is a quiet to the photographs which I like.

Also interesting to note is that his publishers use their own black ink (Daido black) on uncoated paper. The printing is beautiful with warm highlights. Sometimes the shadow/midtones are pushed a shade too hard.

Here’s a link for more information on the book.

Off the Shelf – ONLY IN ENGLAND, TONY RAY JONES

I have a substantial amount of photo-books. This is a log of the books I most frequently take off the shelf.

Tony Ray Jones is many of my clients’ (who I print for) favourite British photographer. Martin Parr, a friend of Ray Jones, curated an exhibition (Only in England) in 2014 including several previously unprinted images. Unfortunately TRJ died in 1972 at 30 years of age.

His images are more complex than, say, a Cartier Bresson and are packed with humanity and a fondness for his subjects.  The exhibition showed how much care Ray Jones took to develop his eye and in doing so became the foremost chronicler of English life.

Here’s a link for more in formation on the book.

Click here for a Wikipedia entry on TRJ