My #1 passion in life is Photography, I eat sleep and pray photography! I bought an SLR camera at 18 and sold it at 22 because I needed the money to travel to the USA. My first photos were taken on a Box Brownie; a familiar story.
I will share my work, some of my favourite photographers work and tell you about exhibitions around us.
I teach basic photography one on one – so if you are struggling with your camera contact me :) www.lynnclaytonphotography.com email@example.com
These days I have several cameras, the best one is the one with you, often the iphone! Cameras are a tool, photography is an emotional response to the world around us. Drop me anywhere in the world with my camera and I am as happy as a pig in mud. I bought an SLR camera and sold it at 22 because I needed the money to travel to the USA. My first photos were taken on a Box Brownie.
Creating double exposures in camera is a lot of fun..one is never sure what the result will be, it is akin to waiting for a roll of film to be processed. Double exposures are one of photography’s most creative techniques, giving photographers endless possibilities to produce unique and inspiring photographs.
Experiment and enjoy the surprises. Funnily enough I have sold a few of my doubles and won awards too so there is method in my madness! Simply put, double exposure is a combination of two different images in one frame to create a unique photo. Continue reading →
It is ironic that my last blog in January started off “I might be gone for some time” ..at the time I did not realise I wouldn’t write another blog until now!! And this one many of you may have read somewhere in cyber space over the last few days! However for those who have not…please enjoy. There is no real reason, new grandchild, trips to Sydney, rain, a new exhibition looming, brain fade..all of those reasons.
No one would have been more surprised than me when the Editor of a Photography Magazine I subscribe to called me last week. “Lynn he said, I’ve trawled through your Flick’r account ( 10 thousand images)) and I would like to do an article about you.” Once I picked myself up off the floor and checked my in box there they were ..about 35 images he wanted to see the high res originals!! Seriously some dated back to 2009 and all I can say is thank heaven Lightroom Library worked a treat and most of them I found that day!!
One of the worlds sought after Passport stamps – Greenland.
Somehow I’ve booked myself on an ‘expedition’ to East Greenland. I have no idea what I have let myself in for other than an adventure and a chance to see Icebergs!! It is my 70th birthday present to me!! We keep being told ‘you’ll never do it younger’ so I did it! – Greenland is the largest island in the world but also one of the worlds most sparsely populated regions. It originally belonged to Denmark. Pop.approx. 56,483 and only about 150 live on East Greenland. I am publishing my personal diary here so please enjoy and put this trip on your bucket list!
We arrived at a small airfield and joined our charter flight, duration 90 minutes to Constable Point in our twin prop plane…. We flew over vast flat waste land before seeing a few mountains to the north-west of Iceland. Suddenly below us were small white dots , actually icebergs and as we approached Greenland the sea was dotted with hundreds of icebergs sunbathing beneath a clear blue sky. We dropped onto a dirt runway and were ushered into a half-dome shaped shed with 58 pairs of rubber waterproof boots neatly lined up!
Essential Iceland is my short story about a one day trip I did in a very large truck from Reykjavik in Iceland generally to the heart of the country.
This was advertised as an all day trip. The Visitors bureau did not mention we needed to bring lunch and I presumed it would be supplied – anyway Valdi, our fabulous guide, took us to a gas station to buy some sustenance. ( it is on their website but I had not been privy to that.) Once on our way Valdi gave us lots of geological information about the mountainous region surrounding us. We headed north and then inland on sealed roads.
We passed the home of the only Icelandic Noble prize winnerHalldór Laxness. Awarded in 1955. Laxness wrote poetry, newspaper articles short stories and novels.
‘Independent People’ is his most famous book set in the early twentieth century, it recalls both Iceland’s medieval epics and such classics as Sigrid Undset’sKristin Lavransdatter. And if Bjartur of Summerhouses, the book’s protagonist, is an ordinary sheep farmer, his flinty determination to achieve independence is genuinely heroic and, at the same time, terrifying and bleakly comic.
I wonder if the recent movie ‘Rams’ was inspired by this famous Icelandic read.?
Iceland is perhaps similar to New Zealand..it has many waterfalls, lush green hills, volcanoes, glaciers and geysers and it is an island. The roads are two lanes however unlike NZ they drive on the right. And to be honest it is totally different so do some research and plan a vacation! To discover why Iceland and Greenland are mis-named check out this. They were cunning back in those days!!
From where I am sitting in New Zealand the advent of phone photography has contributed to the understanding and appreciation of Photography as an art form. Some would disagree but I think people are realising that they can make images with their phone and that some people do it better than others. Photography as an art form is coming of age. Galleries are happy to show photography and the public are flocking through their doors. The fact that I sold 10 fine art images at my recent exhibition in Auckland supports this statement. I know two other photographers who have sold works these past few weeks. Photography is collectible. Continue reading →
Exhibiting during the Auckland Festival of Photography – is it madness or pure pleasure? Well it is all of that and more. Exhibiting is a roller coaster of emotions… I often wondered why I had agreed to say yes! But I am delighted I did.
The Winter GardensQueen Street Auckland
Initially 6-8 months out from the exhibition date I made the decision to have an exhibition it seemed easy enough back then. I also wanted a solo show, my first. So I had months to think about it and so with a flippant yes I was committed. Continue reading →
Many photographers never reach their potential or receive the recognition they deserve, or think they deserve. What makes a good photographer? or a good photograph? Simple question, well no it is a very complex question. Do you mean a recognised photographer or a good photographer? Do you mean a financially successful photographer or a good photographer? Do you mean a photo you’d hang on your wall or a headline image from the newspaper?
Image from Exhibitions Gallery – Newmarket – looking upwards to the Phillips Fox building in Queen Street, Auckland.
Float plane & Luxury Fishing boat The Lady Di – a 74 footer at Boca Grande.
Boca Grande Florida is the upmarket holiday resort on Gasparilla Island in the Gulf of Mexico. B.C. became known when The Presidential Bush family purchased property there. The homes are palatial water edge properties boasting all day sunshine and sparkling blue water. One home I noticed had everything, almost everything anyway: open the front door step into the pool, exit the pool and board your yacht moored at the gate, say good morning to the Manatee or the Dolphins swimming past and perhaps chase the tall White Heron out of your pool. This is Boca Grande – – I didn’t stay there – I cruised past!
Below: The Boca Grande Marina
Nearby is a lesser known holiday destination… Little Gasparilla Island where I did stay. Continue reading →