Author Archives: Roland_Keates

Martin Parr

Martin Parr – A Photographic Journey

Martin Parr (born 1952) is one of the world’s most famous photographers. His international breakthrough came with “chronicler of our time” in the mid 1980s with the series ‘Last Resort’, in which he photographed British beach holiday scenes. Read more

Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov

I recently visited Vienna, and one of the museums I had to visit was the Albertina Museum (August 2016). Why…. Boris Mikhailov, a Ukrainian maverick photographer had a few photographs I had wanted to see, these photographs intrigued me because they showed a Russia which the iron curtain had not wanted the world to see. Read more

Digital Technology

Changes introduced by digital technology

There are many obvious benefits of digital cameras that are worth briefly considering such as the facility to immediately check the image as soon as it is taken so that you can re-take if it is not what you want, the freedom to take as many photos as you like without incurring any further cost and the ease of taking technically successful images in a wide variety of environments. Read more

Photographic albums

Photographic albums

I have photographed quite a number of weddings, which I don’t advertise; clients find me rather than finding the clients. I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients wanting their digital images to be forwarded on a memory stick rather than in photographic albums. This made me consider how this has impacted on the family album and how digital photography has changed the way people take, share and store their family photographs. Read more

Currency under test conditions

Currency under Test Conditions (UV light)

This blog is about currency of the world under uv light and what money printers do to stop help stop the counterfeit of bank notes.

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Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron (JMC) (1815 – 79) is recognized as a pioneer of photography and one of the great portrait photographers of all time. “Her dynamic portraits are among the most noble and impressive yet produced by means of a camera; her genre pictures, on the other hand, drip with sentimentality and lie within the stylistic idiom of the pre-Raphaelite painters.” quote taken from Beaumont Newhall – The History of Photography book published 1964. Read more

Eugene William Smith

Eugene William Smith (1918-1978) was an legendary American photojournalist known for his refusal to compromise professional standards and his brutally vivid World War II photographs.

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Ray Harryhausen and the world of Stop Motion animation

This blog will address the meaning of changes in the filmmaking process from the point of view of the larger cultural history of the static and moving image. Seen in this context, the manual construction of images in digital cinema represents a return to nineteenth century pre-cinematic practices, when images were hand-painted and hand-animated, an example of this can be seen in the stop motion films ‘Mighty Joe Young,’ [1] (Figure 1) ‘The 7th Voyage of Sinbad’ [2] (Figure 2) and Jason and the Argonauts [3] (Figure 3).

Figure 1

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john keats

The life and times of John Keats (1795 to 1821)

John Keats was born on 31 October 1795, first child of Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings Keats, at the Swan and Hoop, 24 Finsbury Pavement, Moorfields, (Now Moorgate) London. Thomas Keats was a Livery – Stable Manager and the owner’s daughter was Frances Jennings (who became the mother), Frances Jennings father passed away and they inherited the Swan and Hoop Inn and stable for themselves. John was the oldest of five children, brothers George (born 28th February 1797) Tom (born 18th November 1799) Edward (born 28th April 1801 died in 1802) and little sister Frances Mary (Fanny) (born 3rd June 1803). Read more

Cimiez Monastery

The gardens of the Monastery of Cimiez

The Cimiez Monastery which dates back to 1546 is an architectural complex built by Franciscan monks. It includes a church, a cloister, a cemetery where Henri Matisse and Raoul Dufy painters are buried and Roger Martin du Gard, 1937 Nobel Prize winner for Literature. A vegetable garden which was tendered by the monks (square piece which still exists) and the convent buildings is now the Franciscan Museum, which traces the Franciscan life in Nice since the thirteenth century.

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