Fleeting Reflections

Fleeting Reflections – Canary Wharf

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“The sense of energy at Canary Wharf is palpable; it’s not a place that is often associated with quiet contemplation. Yet pausing for a moment reveals real beauty and softness alongside the corporate architecture; the patterns and colours can be mesmerizing like a kaleidoscope as they change with the light and weather.

 With so much activity all around, capturing these colourful images requires a focus that isn’t immediately obvious to passers by; I can spend hours at a time examining one body of water, waiting for something out of the ordinary – I sometimes think I might be the only person who is still among the crowd.”

Attending the first On Landscape conference was a bit of a revelation for me creatively – I had made many trips to locations like the Lakes and Scotland that are usually regarded as highly productive for photographers yet came away with nothing that I felt was remarkable. Jem Southam’s talk about his concentrated and detailed studies of his local area helped me realise why my previous approach wasn’t working for me.

If anyone asks about what my photography influences are, I think of what fascinated me as a child, playing for hours with a kaleidoscope, spirograph and etch-a-sketch and being captivated by the endless variation of colours and shapes you could create. Later on I connected with artists such as Rothko, Klimt and the photography of David Hockney; those themes still inspire me. I realised the sort of photographs I was producing before the OL conference had no roots in what enthused me. So I decided to be more focused and, on being given a creative commission for the Canary Wharf Group plc, and a 24/7 access all areas pass for their site, some ideas began to germinate.

Having to return to the same location time and time again over several months, I began to notice shapes and patterns that motivated me to try to capture in photographic form the images that I was I visualising in my mind. It was precisely because I returned repeatedly that I began to realise the potential for them as a project, a project that would take the next four years to develop into something fruitful. It was probably no coincidence that connecting with something that really interested me meant I was more productive and happier with the results. Winning the ‘Your View’ section of Landscape photographer of the Year in 2015 with an image from the series made me feel I was on the right track somehow.

It was very much a trial and error process getting the technique right to create what I was imagining I could record but when I did I barely noticed at the time taking them, it was pretty common to take over 600 images over 4 or 5 hours and get only one or two I was happy with. The type of weather I preferred and my availability to coincide with it slowed the process down greatly as only certain conditions seemed to create what I was looking for. But it’s no bad thing to have to wait sometimes to make progress; it sort of makes it more exciting.

The whole process became like a form of meditation for me and felt very rewarding, which only fuelled more photography. I doubt that I will find an end to the project as I enjoy it too much but, then again, why would I want to end it if I am still enjoying it?

You can see more of the work here:  https://www.mikecurryphotography.com/product-category/portfolio/reflection/

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iPhone Photography Exhibition Timberyard Soho

iPhone Photography Exhibition Timberyard Soho

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I was delighted that my #iPhone exhibition at Timberyard Soho  has been extended for a further 6 months. The exhibition was due to end on Saturday 30th April but having proved to be extremely popular they have asked me if they could extend it to Saturday 30th October. Of course I said yes! It was amazing enough to be selected to exhibit in such a prime location but doubly so to be asked to stay on for an extra six months. The exhibition is of photos taken purely on the iPhone, mostly in London and predominantly abstract. All prints are for sale, just enquire at the counter for more details.

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If you have the time and are in the area I would really appreciate it if you took the time to visit.

Location and opening times here

Canary Wharf Reflection

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 Competition

 

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 Competition

I am thrilled to tell you that my image ‘Middle Dock Reflections‘ came first in the ‘Your View’ category (the category that includes abstract photos like mine) of the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 competition! Not only that but two other images of mine were also Commended by the judges, ‘Falling Foss‘ and ‘Stodmarsh‘.

All three images will be in the exhibition which is at Waterloo Station, London, and starts on Monday 23rd November and goes on until 7th February 2016.

All three images will also be in the book Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 9 which is published today.

Middle Dock Reflections will also be displayed on a huge digital billboard at Waterloo Station!

All winning images can be seen on my website here and are currently coincidentally on display together here until the end of October.

Urban Patina VI

Urban Patina

Living in London and being very busy means I don’t get out into the ‘countryside’ as often as I’d like to. I used to get frustrated by this but after a few fruitless trips I decided to make the most of where I live and explore my locality more.

Trying to replicate the feeling locally that I wanted to create in my out of town work proved impossible, I just wasn’t connecting with the images. I decided that carrying heavy, bulky gear around was limiting me so I streamlined down to a Fuji X-E2 with 60mm macro lens and my Manfrotto BeFree tripod. I instantly felt less visible and less inhibited from taking photos as I was completely ignored, something that didn’t happen with the Nikon.

I walked for miles it seems on my first trip out looking for details and patterns and eventually found some old garage doors that had been untouched for decades and was immediately fascinated. The swirls of wood and the patina of aging in an urban environment made for surprisingly colourful images, some due to rust and some to paint I presume.

The area on each photo is only a few centimeters long and would have been easily missed had a not been prepared to scrutinize the surface so thoroughly. I got a lot of funny looks from commuters who I presumably just thought I was a bit mad. Maybe I am but I found it a rewarding and enjoyable way to spend a few hours!

View the patina images here.

Emirates Airline

Another Exhibition!

Another exhibition!

In association with Canary Wharf Arts and Events, I will be exhibiting three new abstract works in the Window Gallery (opposite Waitrose and Robert Dyas) at Canary Wharf for a month.

From: MONDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER 2015

Cost: Free

Open: Daily

It would be great if you could get along to see them!

Details here

Boiled Eggs

#iPhone Exhibition

Exhibition: ‪#‎iPhone‬ – An exhibition of #iPhone Photography by Mike Curry Photography

https://tyuk.com/events/iphone/

When: 2 November – 30 April 2016

Where: Timberyard UK Soho – 4 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GB

Private View: All are welcome at the private view from 6-9pm, 3 November 2015

I was delighted when I was asked by Timberyard to produce an exhibition of my iPhone photography. Many people ask what is my ‘best’ camera, my reply is always ‘the one I have with me’ and invariably this is my iPhone. To me it is a visual diary of the the world around me and just one of the tools I like to use to try and create my art.

Please come and see it!

Mike

Kew Pagoda

Happy Anniversary to me!

Thirty years ago today, to the day, I started my first day as a self employed photographer.

Having left the ‘comfort’ of being a salaried photographer at Selfridges, my first contract was running my own portrait studio in Richmond, Surrey. It seemed very daunting at the time having committed to buy a whole studio’s worth of equipment just waiting to see if the advertising had worked.

But here I am thirty years later still loving photography, still loving running my own business and entirely grateful to all the people who have helped me and stuck with me over the years.

I still have clients from 25 years ago who I see on a regular basis and who I fully intend to carry on seeing should they chose to

Happy Anniversary to me!

Waterloo And City

Charity Photo Sale in aid of The Stroke Association

To help raise money for the Stroke Association I am selling the print I was given for coming second place in the Kew category for the International Garden Photographer of the Year 2004. It is a one off print and no more will be produced like this. 100% will go to the charity.

The image was taken on my Nikon F301 camera on Kodak Infra-Red film.

Image available to view on my website :

To go to Charity auction on eBay

The photograph is mounted and framed with a white mount and white frame with the total overall size being 32.5 inches by 24.5 inches.

As this is a large glass framed photograph it is collect only from Greenwich, London (SE10).

Good luck bidding!

Please like and share this on Facebook and Twitter to help me raise as much as possible!

Mike Curry
https://www.mikecurryphotography.com

Northern Lights XXX

Print giveaway!

Here is your chance to win a fabulous free 18×12 inch print of one of my most popular images of the Aurora Borealis at Rekvikeidet, Norway (more aurora images here).

All you have to do is ‘like’ and ‘share’ this image and post on Facebook (click to go to page) to stand a chance of winning it. Free postage to anywhere in the word!

Good Luck!
Mike Curry Photography

Bedoin Storm

Bedoin, Provence with my Fuji GW690III

I have been so busy recently I had forgotten to process these images from earlier in the year from Provence. I decided to travel light and take my Fuji GW690III and a few rolls of film and my new Manfrotto BeFree travel tripod. can you tell they are taken on film?

I managed to find Les Demoiselles Coiffees in a local pine forest, despite being given poor directions a year previously!

You can see the images here.