A recent photowalk here in Derby took us back to one of my favourite places. It’s the same place as in three of my last five blog posts.
It’s a regular haunt of the local drug users and so it’s really not a pleasant place to wander around at times.
As long as you’re careful then there always seems to be something interesting to photograph, whether it be graffiti, the waste, all round dereliction, or like in these photos, the syringes.
You don’t ever have to set anything up, it’s just there in front of you to try and find the right view and lighting.
The filth that people exist in during their highs is remarkable, and when first seen is often quite shocking.
These two photos are just how i found them, not that i’d really want to be touching used syringes of course….
Posted in Urban Decay
Tagged decay, Derby, dereliction, drug abuse, drug use, filth, needles, photography, syringes, UK, urban decay
Back in July i posted the blog This is just as much your home as is ours… The graffiti in that photo, and other in the building, gave me the idea that it might be good to try and interact with it. I returned recently with my mate Gary to see what we could do. My basic ideas were to use the nude figure, especially as one of the graffiti works was a painting of the nude…
After years as a life model it was fun to copy a painting rather than being painted.
A Room With A View!
I loved the idea of using the view through the hatch and using myself alongside the graffiti of the dog and the speech bubble.
With the head on the wall looking a little sinister, and the word “Corpse” underneath, i couldn’t resist laying down and being being the missing corpse.
In For The Kill!
When i first saw this graffiti it made me think of a praying mantis and the way the female eats the male.
Posted in Ideas, Monochrome, Nudes, Urban Decay
Tagged art nude photography, art photography, artistic, black and white, concept, decay, derelict, dereliction, graffiti, idea, male, male nude, male nude art, monochrome, nude, nude art, photography
This was a quick capture during the recent Derby Summer Beer Festival
It’s always nice to see happy smiling faces…and the beer festival tends to bring about a good few of them.
Posted in Events, Monochrome, Portraits
Tagged beer, beer festival, beer glasses, black and white, Derby, Derby Beer Festival, Derby Summer Beer Festival 2013, glasses, happy, monochrome, people, photography, portraits, smile, smiling, street photography, UK
I took these photos to represent how we are forced by society to hide away the human body. For those who are comfortable with the naked human body, we’re often treated as if it’s something shameful, or even worse, something disgusting. We can be treated like perverts for simply enjoying the pleasure of being free from clothes, to swim naked in the sea, or sit quietly in a park, or to enjoy the human form in art.
Surely the real perversion is to be offended by the human body!
I find that attitude offensive!
Forced to hang my hang head in naked shame!
Hiding my shameful nakedness!
Agonising over being forced to hide my nakedness!
Contemplating the great shame of my nudity!
Is my nakedness really so bad?
Will society ever let me be free?
Posted in Monochrome, Nudes, Portraits
Tagged art nude, art nude photography, body freedom, human body, male nude, male nude photography, male nudity, naked, naked male, naked man, nakedness, nude, nude art, nude photography, nudity, photography, shame, shameful
This goes with my last post, and like the last one, the photos really speak for themselves….
Posted in Monochrome, Urban Decay
Tagged Alter, black and white, building, decay, derecliction, derelict, drug use, empty building, graffiti, monochrome, photography, urban decay