Dade didn’t really get into photograph until he returned back home from Spain where a business opportunity had dried up. He had used a Lumix to record his pupils progress while he was teaching an English awareness class, but that had been about it.
He had enjoyed the image making of his students and decided on his return to the UK to further this interest and with a friend set up a wedding photography business! Dade decided to look for the unusual image at the event, whilst his friend maintained the more traditional photography side of weddings. This set up worked very well but as time moved on and wedding couples got more and more demanding of images and cost cutting, and that both realised that they wanted to work in different directions, they decided to stop the wedding work.
From there Dade started to work in collaboration with hair and make-up stylists. Especially hair design artists. This is where I feel he has created his forte in photography. Added to this he was starting to get contacts/clients that were requesting him to photograph properties. Dade studied the work by Joel Tjintjelaar. This work really 'peeked' his interest and he looked at using this type of work as the basis of creating some fine art images. There are a number pf photographers now following this path and Dade’s work is by no means short in accomplishment and style. I really enjoy looking at this portfolio as we did on the screen share.
But it's the portrait and fashion work where I think Dade has his heart in. It's interesting to note here that he took it upon himself to ask non other than Zack Arias to critique his website! Having your photographs looked and reviewed by your family is a good thing. Sometimes you do get some good points made but hardly critical photographic comments. It's essential if you are to be successful in photography, that your work is critiqued sensibly by a professional who knows what he is talking about.
Notice I say professional and not judge - I do have my concerns about club judges many of which are just award winners of a given genre but are not professional in the true meaning of the word - that they get paid to photograph. This to me is a major difference. If you want to be a professional in photography then seek professional advice on your images and your business set up…
Well you can’t go any higher than to ask Zack Arias to review your work and website online. Zack by his own admission has been through it all ‘the good and the bad’ of what the photography world can throw at you. Zack Arias had set up a new site DedPxl and had invited photographers to forward their websites for a review. The recording went out on You Tube. With his wife, Zack made various comments about Dade's work. Its a neat dual act. Zack's wife (Meghan) knows photography, but Zack has the knowledge and their work together gives you superb balance of comment. It was, shall we say, straight to the point… That the work could be better; But other comments were very favourable! I remember watching the show when it first aired and I must say at the time I felt that whoever the photographer was he had done a very brave thing by forwarding his site for review. Needless to say this is exactly what Dade needed. The critic session was so detailed, it pointed him in the right direction. It showed him where where it needed to be improved and where his work could be. Some images he decided to keep on the site despite the negative comments made in the critique, and why not. After all critic’s are to be listened to attentively and then for the artist to make a decision. I personally think that Dade made the right decision on the images his website shows his skill as a photographer for both his portrait and fashion work together with his fine art option of the architectural work.
We spoke about difficulties on the street whilst making images of buildings especially when being confronted by an over zealous security guard who is trying to protect the building! Dade made a good point. “Don’t these guys realise that the architect wants people to look at the building and record it!” Another great idea if you want to make Architectural shots in the towns and cities, take along a small book of your images to show what you’re looking to achieve. Hopefully that will help out.
We then went onto talk about cameras and system. Dade is a Canon user and to be honest it is his preferred system especially for his studio work. But he too has noticed the weight of this kit, and recently Dade has started to use the Fuji X-T1. Interesting point here he made that it was the move by Canon to stop attending some shows/exhibitions - he felt that they were starting to act a little aloof and forgetting their end user. He used a street session with some photographers where they swapped cameras so that he could decide which one suited him. Users had Olympus, Fuji and Sony. He decided on the Fuji and because of an eager sales person in the local Park Cameras shop he bought a Fuji kit based around the X-T1. He is steadily learning the nuances of the system but feels very relaxed using it. He sees no difference in the image quality when compared to the Canon system. The Fuji is slowly, becoming his main go to camera now.
His inspiration? Richard Avedon for his enthusiasm energy and strong image making. There are loads of course but he is the one that comes to mind straight away.
His favourite photographer? That would be Rankin for his provocative and amazing work which Dade could go back look at and study time and time again.
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