instruction and inspiration by Nigel Rumsey

portrait photography at St. Martins [After releasing myself so recently to write here about non-photographic subjects, today, I'm back in the realm of the photographic - weird that isn't it.]

Two years ago I attended a Portrait Photography short course at Central St. Martins, part of the University of the Arts London. Just walking through the doors of St. Martins is an inspiring experience. With alumni as varied as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Eduardo Paolozzi and Brian Duffy it's difficult not to be inspired and maybe a little intimidated.

I love the experience of working, and creating, as part of a team. Since finishing that course I've been looking forward to having the opportunity to return. As I've said before I'm currently feeling less than inspired photographically and so this seemed the ideal time to return to St. Martins. If that can't give me the injection of inspiration I need then nothing will.

The course I'll be attending, starting in October, is titled Photography, Art and Architecture. Which is a long way from Portrait Photography, but I've always been interested in architecture and this course will hopefully give me the impetus get out and learn a little more about the craft of architectural photography as well as giving me the creative kick start I need. I'll let you know how I get on.

American Vogue

If you ever get the opportunity to go to St. Martins make sure you check out the library. I made the mistake of not doing so until near the end of the course. Unfortunately it's only open to students, however it is a real treat, they have the most amazing selection of every art, design, fashion, photography book and magazine your heart could desire.

Powell's #4 by Nigel Rumsey

Powells #4When I was in Portland it happened on the last day of Powells Technical Books. I rather liked this old store but I can see why they moved it to the building alongside their main store. It'd be a shame if this great old shop sits empty for too long. The new store is called Powell's 2. Voigtlander Bessa R3A, Kodak Tri-X, Rodinal 1+50

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sashaying by Nigel Rumsey

two girls in the barbican estate, london in the barbican estate, london, uk

sashay verb [with adverbial of direction ] walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.

these girls really had it going on. i like to think it's because there was a good looking guy hanging around with a camera (but i could be deluding myself).

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