No Photoshop Here!

Slovakian photographer Andrej Duricek knows nothing of Photoshop, a fact of which the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition were unaware when awarding him first prize in their recent “Black and White Street Photography” contest for his image “Paris Two.”

Paris 2 by Andrej Duricek

Andrej works as a journalist, based in his home city of Bratislava “I’m not a photographer by profession,” he explains. “But photography has been my passion for more than two decades. I love to take pictures of nature, trees, flowers and also people in the streets. Every time I go out there is something interesting, I just need to walk with open eyes and heart. I’m not a very technical man, I know nothing about Photoshop. I started with a Praktica SLR film camera so I well understand about shutter speeds and apertures. I’m also now equipped with three Olympus cameras; two PENs (EP-M1 and E-PL6), one OMD EM-10 and a selection of lenses.”

“I was impressed by Paris Two from the moment I saw the image,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “The identical twins in the photo are so distinctive, with their matching dark beards and intent facial expressions. It’s a dream image for most street photographers.”

Andrej lives in Bratislava with his wife, two teenage daughters and small dog. Many of his photos were taken on family outings and holidays. To see more of Andrej’s work please visit his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/bratislavamylove/


Street Photography – Rob Pearson-Wright

Rob Pearson-Wright’s creative approach earned him much praise from the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition as well as second prize in their recent “Black and White Street Photography” contest for his image “Getting Ready for my Close Up.”

Street Photography by Rob Pearson Wright

Rob is an amateur photographer from London. He’s dabbled in a range of pursuits from music production to illustration but there was always an interest in photography. He always believed he had a reasonably good eye for composition and took decent snapshots but, when he bought his first iPhone in 2010, his point and shoot cameras found themselves gathering dust.

Following a mobile photography class in the local college in 2012 his passion for photography was properly ignited and he found his true voice for artistic expression. A short video on street photography using an iPhone by Richard Koci Hernandez showed Rob how street photography could convey visual story telling in a way that hadn’t occurred to him before. He was hooked.

The nature of mobile photography lent itself well to street photography, allowing him to get close to subjects without changing their behaviour. It’s this behaviour that fascinates him – the stories he can imply with a single image. His best work contains a carousel of characters, mainly on the streets of London.

A chance encounter with a friend and a mirrorless camera broadened his horizons and he can now be found strolling the streets of London looking for his next great shot with either his iPhone or his beloved Fujifilm X-T1 set to silent.

Rob’s style is mostly naturalistic, with a penchant for black and white as it strips back all the distractions and focusses the viewer on the subject and their story.  Shooting in RAW wherever possible, his edits in Lightroom and Photoshop are usually subtle. The incredible array of apps for the iPhone have made it a pleasure to shoot, edit and share on the move. The X-T1 complements this seamlessly as he can transfer any shots to the digital darkroom in his pocket wirelessly.

Rob’s influences include the brash New York photographer Bruce Gilden, as well as the more classic photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Joel Meyerowitz and Robert Capa.

Rob’s work has featured in exhibitions around the world and he has won or featured in numerous competitions in both mobile and DSLR categories.  He was the 2014 mobile category winner of the Terry O’Neill photography award and has had his work projected 20 feet high against the walls of the deconsecrated Santo Stefano al Ponte church in the heart of Florence.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/brian_beaver/

https://www.instagram.com/brian_beaver/

https://www.facebook.com/RobPearsonWright

 


The Peaceful Atmosphere of Abandonment

The theme of our latest photo contest, “Deserted Places,” was ideal for 29-year-old French photographer Romain Thiery whose image “Villa Romantica” was awarded third place.

Romain Thiery Photographer

 

“South West France in a region full of history,” says Romain. “I started photographing my region’s forgotten legacy following the photography work of my mother. Since 2009 I became professional and specialized in abandoned heritage photography all over Europe. I started exploring abandoned places with my camera and soon became fascinated by those unusual places, forgotten by all, empty and out of time. My main art purpose is to capture the peaceful atmosphere of abandonment and perfectly show the mood, the texture and the light of places people are no longer attracted to. I dive into these spaces that everyone believes are empty and I will stroll for hours, trying to offer a universal and forgotten vision which is majestically renewed. Currently living in Montpellier, South East France, I am now exploring the rest of the world and still looking for abandoned places. My images are now exhibited in France and America and they have also been published in many magazines.”

 “Romain entered a number of impressive images,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “However the twisted tree forming the central focus of ‘Villa Romantica’ made the image a standout top three choice.”

“Villa Romantica is an abandoned villa in Italy,” Romain explains “It has been  abandoned for a very long time and nature reclaimed its space inside the building. The villa is very close to a small village, lost in the fields and totally surrounded by high trees and plants growing under the walls. It was quite hard to find it. I really like the way nature reclaimed here and how the tree has grown. Unfortunately I can’t find out anything about the villa and to recover traces of the history. I can imagine it was a large farmer’s family because this villa retains traces of a past grandeur (large rooms and stairs), even though most of the frescoes and paintings have been stolen in the past few years.”

For “Villa Romantica” Romain used a Sony A6000 with a 10-18mm wide-angle Sony lens. This is his preferred combination when  capturing the peaceful atmosphere of abandoned buildings. 

A framed and mounted print of Villa Romantica will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during October 2017 along with the first and second prizes in the gallery’s “Deserted Places” competition.

For further examples of Romain’s work please check out his website and social media:

Website: www.romainthiery.fr 


Pushing the Boundaries

Finnish photographer Janne Kahila always strives to push the boundaries when discovering that perfect landscape shot. Janne’s determined approach earned him much praise from the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition as well as second prize in their recent “Deserted Places” contest for his image “Tilted in Time.”

Janne Kahila Photographer

 

“By day I work as a solution consultant in a cool software company,” says Janne. “But I’m also a keen traveller and passionate photographer. I spend most of my holidays searching for new fascinating locations to travel to and my spare time is spent editing the photos I have taken from these trips. Lately I’ve been mostly exploring the northern Europe like Scotland, Faroe Islands and especially Norway, which is my favorite due to its great mountains and proximity to Finland.

“My technical day-job and photography go surprisingly well together as my analytical mindset and meticulous touch come handy in both fields. I’m self-taught and over the years I have developed my own techniques both in the field and in post-processing that have carved my style into what it is today. Characterised by the attention to details and technical variety, I really enjoy discovering new challenging methods that help me in achieving my vision. Another side of photography that drives my passion forward are the great vistas and memorable travels that inspire me to push my skills and vision further. I love wandering outdoors and climbing the mountains to reach for even better landscapes. I’m constantly trying to improve my skills by exploring new tricks and techniques in search for the perfect photograph.”

Janne Kahila Photography

“It’s difficult to imagine a more compelling subject for abandoned places photography,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “Janne tells me that the photo features  an old abandoned sauna building, that was built on top of a small rock. Now the sauna is severely tilted and worn over time and looks quite forlorn. If anyone were to try to enter, it would probably fall over.”

Janne Kahila Photography

 

“I shoot with Canon gear ,” Janne explains. “My camera being the old but trustworthy 6D that has seen many places and performed well. Other essentials in my kit are a sturdy (but light) Velbon tripod and a good set of ND and GND filters. I have a special interest in ultra-wide angle images, which is why my go-to lens that I use 90% of the time is the 16-35mm f/2.8 II from Canon. But I often want to go even wider so I have started taking panoramas extensively which is currently my main niche I try to master. Going ultra-wide opens up new photographic possibilities and I also like the challenge in it – it’s not easy producing a natural looking perspective when going above 180 degrees’ field of view while simultaneously combining exposures to keep the dynamic range in order. The greater the challenge the greater the reward!”

A framed and mounted print of Tilted in Time will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during October 2017 along with the first and third prizes in the gallery’s “Deserted Places” competition.

For further examples of Janne’s work please check out his website and social media:

Website: www.jkahilaphotography.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jkahilaphotography

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jkahilaphotography

 


The best photos can be right there on your doorstep

Many serious photographers will travel hundreds of miles for that perfect picture. However the best photos can often be found only a short walk or drive from home. Lucie Averill admits to being more fortunate than some in terms of her location, a factor no doubt borne in mind by the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition when they awarded her  second prize in their recent “Month of May” contest for her  image “Celebration.” In addition Lucie was awarded an Honourable Mention for “Spring Cliffs.”

 

“I have lived in West Cornwall for 30 years,” says Lucie. “And much of my work is a direct response to the landscape around me. Over the years I have revisited a number of locations close to home that hold a particular resonance for me and I am fascinated by the way the changing seasons, weather and light continually redefine a familiar place. Often I am out early in the morning and after the sun has set. I find shooting before sunrise and after sunset results in longer exposures – smoothing the water or blurring the clouds in a more abstract and painterly way. Often the colours are more subtle and enable me to create a sense of place rather than purely a reality image.”

“We all try for those perfect sunrise and sunset shots,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “Lucie produces stunning images on an almost daily basis. Am I jealous? Yes!”

The Penzance to Scilly ferry forms the story behind Lucie’s Silver Award-winning entry. “My firework image shows the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the Scillonian III,” she says. “It was taken after sunset and a 1.6 second shutter speed captured the colours of the sparks, the reflections on the boats in the foreground and the illuminated Scillonian III in the background. In my image of the thrift along the cliffs at Godrevy Lighthouse, a 20 second exposure enabled me to highlight the flowers and also slow down and smooth the water so it became more glass-like.”

Lucie Averill Photographer Cornwall

For further examples of Lucie’s work please check out her social media:

Instagram  lucie_averill

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucieaverillphotography


The Difference Between a Hiker with a Camera and a Serious Photographer

What’s the difference between a hiker with a camera and a serious photographer? Perhaps for the former there’s a greater element of chance whereas for the latter each visit to the great outdoors counts as a photographic expedition. Either way there can be no guarantee of success. Nigel Waters can’t be quite sure which category he falls into, but the judges of the Alverton Penzance Photographic Competition made up their minds when they awarded him first prize in their recent “Month of May” contest for his image “St Nectan’s Glen.”

Nigel Waters Photographer

 

“My full-time job is an Engineering Manager in the Automotive industry but my passion is nature and the great outdoors,” says Nigel. “I’ve always been into photography for as long as I can remember but I have only really started taking it seriously over the last couple of years.  I love the great outdoors and have spent many years hiking up and down mountains all over the county where most family and friends just thought I was bonkers when I tried to explain how magical and rewarding it can be.  I used to try and capture the moments on a camera phone to explain show people how amazing it can be but I found I needed more than what a phone could offer so I decided to start taking my DSLR and it evolved from there.  My influences are the likes of Bruce Percy, Elia Locardi and also Thomas Heaton who I think is a great inspiration for a new generation of landscape photographers via his Vlogs.  My own photography has evolved over time and although not always possible I love to be out in the harsh weather to capture the drama and that’s where my true passion is for both Landscapes and Seascapes.”

“St Nectan’s Glen is one of those iconic Cornish locations,” comments Roger Driscoll, owner of the Alverton Gallery and joint host of the contest. “I love the area around Boscastle and Rocky Valley. As for Nigel’s winning entry I’ve never seen a better image of St Nectan’s Glen, he captures the scene and atmosphere with such stunning clarity.”

Nigel also has a few tips when it comes to post-production. “Post editing I try and do as little as possible,” he says. “Because I like my images natural and to portray the moment as close as I can or the mood I am try to portray.  I do use Lee Filters to enable me to get a balanced image which I feel is key or in extreme cases I will Bracket exposures and blend them together in Photoshop.  My current camera is a Nikon D750 with various lenses but mostly paired with my trusty 16-35mm or 70-200mm when in the mountains.”

A framed and mounted print of St Nectan’s Glen will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning Month of May competition entries.

For further examples of Nigel’s work please check out his website and social media:

www.nigelwaters.photography

Instagram:- nigelwaters.photography

Facebook:- NigelWatersPhotography


“Moorhen Chick” by Alice Smith

Congratulations to Alice Smith whose image “Moorhen Chick” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

Alice Smith Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Moorhen Chick” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.


“Robin” by Amanda Wells

Congratulations to Amanda Wells whose image “Robin” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

Amanda Wells Photography

A framed and mounted print of “Robin” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.


“Thrift and Fire” by David Haughton

Congratulations to David Haughton whose image “Thrift and Fire” received an Honourable Mention in our recent “Month of May” Photographic Competition.  

David Haughton Photographer

A framed and mounted print of “Thrift and Fire” will be exhibited at the Alverton Gallery, Penzance, Cornwall UK during July 2017 along with the remaining top ten winning competition entries.