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  • seandodson 8:40 pm on February 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abbey road, , , , photography   

    Outtakes from Abbey Road 

    Fascinating: a collection of outtakes from the photoshoot for the Beatles’ album Abbey road by the Scottish photographer Ian Macmillan


  • seandodson 10:15 am on April 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: child psychology, childcare, children, mobile phones, narcisssism, photography,   

    How to tell if you child is spending too much time in the camera 

    As many of you know, I have a 15 month old daughter. Since she was born we have taken thousands of pictures of her and a great deal of video. So from about three months old she got used to seeing herself on screen. Now she loves it, snatching the camera out of our hands as soon as the shot is taken. She loves looking at herself in this way and we enjoy the moment.

    But lately I have begun to wonder. What effect will it have on children if they grow up so used to seeing themselves in this way? We already live in a very narcissistic society and I am sure my partner (goodness I dislike calling Anna that) and I are not alone is showering our child with these images. So, my question is really about her generation. What effect will heavy exposure to their own image have on my daughter’s generation? Does the attention we give her with the camera teach her to be vain or is the camera just a high-tech mirror? I don’t know. But would like to hear from someone who might.

  • seandodson 9:27 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: alain delorme, , photography,   

    Loving the work of Alain Delorme and his photographs of delivery workers in Shanghai. Are they for real? More over on The Import, a most excellent design, art and architecture blog I’ve been admiring of late.

  • seandodson 2:57 pm on January 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , photography, , sohei nishino, stephen walter   

    Soheni Nishino and his ace diorama maps 

    Regular visitors to this site, apparently there are a couple, will know that I’m a sucker for a good photomontage. I’ve even attempted a couple myself. So quite naturally I am going to adore the work of Sohei Nishino and his diorama map series, which are currently on display at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea.

    Nishino takes pictures, lots, of cities and then pastes them together. The results are a combination of a landscape and a map that reminds me of the work of Stephen Walter

  • seandodson 3:30 pm on November 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: areas of outstanding beauty., bristol, cabe, photography   

    Cabe has just announced its shortlist fo… 

    Cabe has just announced its shortlist for its Areas of Outstanding Urban Beauty photography contest. Entries for Leeds and Bradford made the final 10 of the shortlist.

    But my favourite was this picture of a desolate carpark in Bristol by Christopher Hoare with its view of a ferris wheel spinning all melancholy in the night. It’s a beautiful image, the wheel like a cocktail umbrella or a parosel rising above some cold horizon.

  • seandodson 12:42 am on September 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , photography,   

    The search for “areas of outstanding urban beauty” is the theme of a novel photography competition run by Cabe (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment). You have until October to send a snap of your favourite bits of town. Little chance of winning of course, but I’ve nevertheless sent them one of our last visit to Saltaire, near Bradford.

  • seandodson 4:05 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , photography, Sami Haapavara, Sergey Larenkov, William Egglestone   

    Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov reveals the Reichstag’s violent past 

    Thanks to my old friend Sami Haapavaara (himself Porvoo’s answer to William Eggleston) for directing me towards the work of Russian photographer Sergey Larenkov. I like his work a lot. His basic premise is simple enough: artist travels to various European cities – Berlin, Vienna, Leningrad – and revisits the precise locations of old war photographs and then reshoots the image from the same spot. The results, once merged, are as beautiful as they are haunting.

  • seandodson 10:15 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , peter ross, photography,   

    William Burroughs’s typewriter 

    New baby + new job = so very little time to blog. So here is a quick nod towards the the work of art photographer Peter Ross who was recently given access to the New York apartment of William Burroughs, which has been preserved, like some beat version of the Blue Peter time capsule. since his death in 1997. Burroughs lived in the former locker room of a Bowery YMCA in a windowless space known as “the bunker”. His friend, the poet John Giorno, has kept the apartment exactly as it was, leaving many of Burroughs’s possessions sitting where he left them.

  • seandodson 5:05 pm on January 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , last vegas, photography, sami haapavaara, tilt shift maker, tilt-shift, venetian, venetian hotel   

    Faking it: tilt-shift maker 

    3182731944_4fa46ef75aWhen the Finnish photographer Sami Haapavaara introduced me to tilt-shift photography, I thought it one of the freshest aesthetics I’d seen in years. Now you can fake-your-own with Tilt-shift maker. On the left is my effort: the entrance to the Venetian Hotel in Vegas. Expect the technique to quickly become a cliche. Join the fun while it lasts.

  • seandodson 4:18 pm on January 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 28 days later, , , , , photography, , ,   

    28 Days of Christmas later … 

    Carnaby Street

    Originally uploaded by


    London abandoned. A Flickr set taken on Christmas morning (via William Gibson’s blog) by blogger Ian Visits. London looks almost totally abandoned, devoid of both traffic and people, although the lights are still on and the traffic lights are working. Spooky and beautiful.

    From William Gibson’s blog:

    “Christmas, particularly in the early morning, has always seemed so much more liminal to me than New Year’s eve. Spectral, deeply in-between.”


    Incidentally, while on the subject of abandoned places: check out the sound stage of HBO’s masterful television epic The Wire. Foolishly I had thought that much of it was filmed on location. But the offices of the Baltimore Sun and the city’s homicide division turn out to be incredibly convincing simulations.

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  • seandodson 10:29 pm on September 15, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , isle of wight, martin parr, photography, ,   

    On holiday with Martin Parr 

    If you have ever wanted to go on holiday with Martin Parr, the celebrated English photographer, now is your chance. This weekend the School of Life is offering a two-day break on the Isle of Wight in the company of the sardonic snapper. Parr has described the Isle of Wight as a “living theme park, like stepping back into an England of 20 or 30 years ago.”

    Staying in Parr’s favourite seaside hotel, you get to join him for visits to the Brighstone holiday centre, the Needles, Ventnor beach and other “landmarks of the Isle of Wight tourism scene.” According to the press release, you will get a chance to discuss his photography as well as his collections of souvenirs and postcards, and “train your eye to see the ugliness in beauty and the horror in leisure.”

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  • seandodson 6:34 pm on June 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Branislav Kropilak, city, , , photography,   

    Branislav Kropilak: Prague photographer reveals a rare urban beauty 

    Portraying the city as if it was a huge machine, Prague-based photographer Branislav Kropilak captures images of the empty urban environment. His pictures of garages and trains and factories are devoid of people and his eye renders even the most mundane areas with a kind of magical beauty in a way that reminds you of the novels of the great JG Ballard (via computer love).

    • louise ten have 9:08 am on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply


      Iam looking for a Prague based photographer for an assignment. If interested please email me.

      Louise ten Have

  • seandodson 12:50 am on April 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , lego, pastiche, photography   

    Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare 

    This has been doing the rounds, but it still fair tickled me, so I thought I’d post it anyway. Taken, of course from Cartier-Bresson’s most decisive moment, the timeless Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare. Almost as good is the set-up shot. From the artist Mike Stimpson, who the Guardian this week produced this lovely picture gallery, and found through the ever excellent ffffound.

  • seandodson 12:46 pm on February 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , copyleft, , creative commons, , HDR, hyperreal, , photography   

    Creative photography that’s far from common 

    The image above was runner-up in this year’s Wikimedia Commons Picture of the year competition. Taken by Paulo Barcellos Jr, a professional Brazilian photographer working in Toronto. Barcellos used High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging to take the shot, in a kind of digital sleight-of-hand that allows you to take a range of exposures, lending the picture a hyper-real quality. What’s nice about the prize is that, although Barcellos is a pro-photographer, the image belongs to us all through its “creative commons” licence. And it offers evidence that such licences are providing work that is every bit of good as that locked under copyright.

  • seandodson 12:42 pm on February 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , photography, st george wharf, ugly buildings, vauxhall   

    Even London’s most hated building can look beautiful at sunset 

    St Georges Wharf at sunset

    Originally uploaded by jezm2000

    The Guardian’s arts blog is currently displaying my recent post about the ugliest buildings in Britain, which itself is pegged around a piece from Gridskipper, about the most hated buildings in the capital. Its all according to some of the city’s most promising architects and there’s a fine selection of bitchiness and prejudice as you might expect, but the most surprising thing is how many of them seem to loath St George Wharf, a gargantuan morass of yuppie flats beside Vauxhall Bridge.

    I’ve always disliked this building. Though respect to Jez M (who took the image above right) for making such an ostentatious and overbearing blight on the river, look attractive for once.

  • seandodson 9:30 am on January 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , hippies, hippy, hippy trail, nepal, photography,   

    Nirvana in Nepal 

    Nirvana Nepal 1978
    Originally uploaded by rorymac

    The content on Flickr, the excellent image sharing site, is getting more impressive by the day. Last night I found this old photograph of Australian Carol Matthews and Californian Curt Gibbs on Poon Hill in Nepal while looking for images of the Annapurna range in the Himalayas.

    It is part of a set taken from the early days of the hippy trail (also have a peek at this picture from a party in Kashmir in 1975). The caption on the image above reads “For many travellers Nepal was considered the end of the road, a paradise where the Himalayas meet the heavens.” Which I think is very sweet.

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