100% Design Week, London (18th-21st September) – Part 1

This is my photo diary for the recent design show 100% Design. This event was on a couple of weeks ago and would have been uploaded earlier, but I have been battling an illness in these past weeks, so apologies for it taking a while to be posted. I was lucky enough to be part of this event by helping out with Belgium furniture company BULO on their stand and so this gave me a chance to wonder round and see all the other companies and designers displaying their work and ideas. It was a truly brilliant show, and had a fantastic turn out!

I have been attending this show for years, but this was the first year where I was able to take it seriously and was able to gather lots of inspiration and advice that can help me out on my future career/plans after I finish university!

Below are the first selection of images I took throughout my 4 day stay at the show.

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThere was such a selection of different forms of design, and this year, it was nice to see it not be too dominated by furniture! Designers and illustrators really caught my attention with their use of colours, shapes and just general uniqueness! One aspect of this years event that I throughly enjoyed was the use of a lot more use of colour. At the entrance you were greeted by a light tunnel and within the show was a huge wall of light changing colour as well as different areas being highlighted with colour.

One cloudy night…

Last night I found myself not being able to sleep and this was mainly because I had this glaring light beaming on my face as I was trying to sleep. Thinking it was a neighbour who hadn’t turned their lights off, I lifted my blinds to find the culprit, however, I found that I was greeted with a very different scene.

The moon was big and bright, and with it being a cloudy night, the moon highlighted every cloud in the sky which I could see for miles around from my bedroom window! I really wanted to capture the unusualness and beauty of the night sky, so I grabbed my camera and took a few shots trying to do the sky justice. The photos came out much better than I anticipated and they come off like a surreal world! The long exposure allowed the light to really shine and make the night sky look as bright as the day sky.

I hope you enjoy the shots I managed to take as much as I do!

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(A late) selection of my Silverstone F1 Weekend 2013

I apologies for the lateness of these photos as I have just come back from a two week holiday and I have had no internet connection throughout that period, so I have only just been able to get these images up and sorted! 

With these photo (and this is a very small selection of them), I have cropped them down to create more dramatic imagery and allows the focus to be more driven. They are also in black and white to add to the drama of the photos. But, maybe at a later date, I will upload some colour photos as well. 

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F1 Photographer – Darren Heath

Recently, I attended the Silverstone F1 weekend, and this has always been on my list of things to do as I am a massive fan of F1! It’s probably the only sport I am dedicated to follow and so going to this year’s Silverstone was a dream come true! 

I felt it was also a great opportunity to take my professional camera with me to the event and use throughout the weekend, however, I have only been used to photographing animals who are relatively slow compared to a F1 car which can reach speeds of over 200mph! So before I went to the event, I decided to look around at how professional photographers take photos of the cars, and one particular photographer who’s work I fell in love with is that of Darren Heath.

Below is a small selection of his work that really inspired me, and I highly recommend that you check out his website http://www.darrenheath.com  and check out all of his photography  for motor sports and F1.

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(I am currently editing my photos of my F1 weekend and will be up shortly!)

My first ever visit to Oxford – Photo Diary

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI recently took a trip to Oxford for the first time for a reunion and rowing type event for my grandad who was a student at one of the Oxford Colleges, Balliol, and so invited me along and it gave me a chance to finally see the city that I had heard so much about…and I wasn’t disappointed!

I have just fallen in love with Oxford, it is such a beautiful city, I could of just wondered around it for hours on end. I plan to make many more visits to Oxford as I only scratched the surface of this city with this trip, I cannot wait to explore this city more!

New Project underway

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I am currently undertaking a new project where I have to create a multi-paged document with a minimum of 24 pages, and we could choose what ever topic we wanted for the document, so I have decided to produce a dinosaur book that is to be aimed at an older audience, but not be a too serious book, I want it to be quite fun. So I have started to experiment with ideas and one experiment is the use of dinosaur toys. So all day, I have been stuck in a photography studio taking photos….here is just a small taster of what I have taken so far… 

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Zoo Research

Another uni project I am currently undertaking is designing a map and signage system for a place of my choice, so I felt the perfect place (and would benefit the most) would be a zoo. So I decided to use a zoo that wasn’t too mainstream so didn’t already have a distinctive look for a map and signage, so I chose a local zoo in Cambridgeshire called Linton Zoo. They are a wildlife breeding centre and I have been visiting it for many years since I was a child. So I knew what this place had to offer with signage and maps, so this would benefit the most for a ‘redevelopment’. While doing my research of the zoo, I couldn’t miss an opportunity to do some photography there. I might not have been able to feel my feet or hands and it snowed every so often, I will never miss an opportunity to do one of my favourite hobbies and photograph animals. Here is a small collection of photographs I took from today, with a couple experimentations with black and white effects, enjoy.

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And this was my favourite shot of the day I took…

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