Category Archives: Reading

Reading – Guardian Images 1

I regularly scroll through all the Photographs of the Week in the Guardian to get ideas and inspiration and there are always some that catch my eye.

This photograph with its rhythm of the equidistant strolling pedestrians pushing their bikes across this bridge over the Pyongyang river in North Korea, together with the beautiful reflection in the still water all shrouded in ethereal mist, I think is really stunning. The image is almost monotone save for the splash of colour provided by the person in the red coat.  It’s a refreshing change to see what I would call an ‘urban landscape’ so scientifically composed. The photographer/artist is Wong Maye.

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This wildlife photograph below with the impalas flying through the air makes me think that a grenade has gone off in a wildlife park. It’s a great shot, well composed and sharp, with a clear view of the source of their surprise, the crocodile. As its a shot from a news agency, it does make me wonder if it is actually a screen grab of a video, the composition is so perfect. The news agency is Caters News Agency and shot was taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

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Reading – Jeremy Abrahams ‘Arrivals’

I love the simplicity of Jeremy Abrahams’ idea to photograph and interview one ‘arrival’ to Sheffield for every year since 1945.  It’s exactly the sort of project I would like to do in my own city of Norwich. Having spent a rather raucous year in Sheffield as a first year student (I never got beyond year one sadly, too much fun at the Frog and Parrot, not enough studying), I know how welcoming the city is, how comfortable the inhabitants are to chat to you on the bus even though they don’t know you from Adam, and so this would be an interesting exhibition to visit if I lived a bit closer… or didn’t work…. or didn’t mind a 5 hour train ride….

In the article on the ‘Sheffield Culture Guide’ website, there are only a few appetite-whetting images of Abrahams’ work on this project, and the one which stood out for me is this photograph of Pierre Ngunda Kabaya, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s like he’s conquered the city, landed from a great height and purposefully planted his cultural flag into the industrial landscape. There is a pride in his expression and also a peacefulness which probably comes from his acceptance by the city inhabitants and his feeling of belonging.

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Interesting also is Abrahams’ relatively recent venture into becoming a professional photographer at aged 58, he’s now 60. This leaves me feeling very positive!

See the article at http://www.ourfaveplaces.co.uk/guides/meet-the-locals/jeremy-Abrahams.