My Own Private Autumn

Autumn is hard to capture, there is more to it than a beautiful calendar picture to it. This year I haven’t felt the urge to go out at golden hours and plan a picture. I haven’t felt it. I do think, whats wrong with me? Don’t I love photography anymore? Do i need a rest and go through my Archive and look for answers?

I have abused abstract Autumns to death and still love them, but I enjoy a lot more to explore the unkown, to develope things, to make them different in my own eyes and when I feel shut down I turn into minimalism, back to the essence and simplify things, maybe the pictures here are not awesome but to me are a work in progress, I feel the need to develpe Autumn with an Oriental approach, simple and almost desaturated and elegant.

 X-Ray

X-Ray

This is why there are some shots in Monochrome and also all very minimal, used an 85mm because I refused to go out with a wide angle, tripod and filters. I wanted simplicity in all.

I shall continue to pursue this next year too…maybe xx

 A Forest

A Forest

 Silver

Silver

 Gone

Gone

Giant Party

Last night was incredible, I heard of Giant Party while listening the radio on BBC 6Music and that was that, they were playing in Birmingham that very same Thursday and I read or heard somewhere they were like LCD SoundSystem, I have never been a fan of them but my other half adored them. So I thought I will treat him (because our musical taste is so different), I was the one that ended up dancing and screaming like a lunatic but my surprise was when I saw him going just as wild, my guess is that Giant Party must be doing something right to appeal to opposite fans of Rock and Roll fans, init….

Personaly I loved going to a gig I had no idea what or who were playing, and the surprise I had was unbelievable, it was a blast, a riot of energy and supreme style, I love bands wearing suits and to look smart, they have all that and have personality, their music style I can’t say, sometimes the base had the profound sound of The Cure (my other half disagreed of course…) some guitars were as pristine and clear like Tom Verlaine in Television, other times they had the depth of The National and the charisma of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds as a band, they were like they have been doing this forever and yet In a way this gig felt like the first time I saw Birthday Party (Nick Cave second band) in Barcelona where the audience was maybe 20 people in the industrial part of Barcelona Poblenou. I wish back then I had camera to record that gig but at the time I didn’t even have the cash to get a ticket cos the bus ride cost that so I had to find my way in and walk back home for miles, oh well…

The Sunflower Lounge. Birmingham 25th October 2018

I have a little thing to say about the band now I have heard their tunes on line, personally I think they are overly produced and I wish that if they make a record its produced more according to what they sound in real life because IMHO that’s what's makes this band so special. The tunes overly produce don’t do justice to the band, but hey I am no one to give lessons to anyone it’s just that the magic gets lost in between so much!

If they play near you though, do go and see them, you'll dance and you'll have an incredible experience of a band who gives their ALL.

Rock On!

PS: Apologies for both videos to be so short, it was the first time I tried to film with my camera and I had no clue when was recording or not, I was lucky in a way to manage to film even a little TBH. Next time I will do better :)

Less Noir

I can’t remember last time I had so much fun during a photo shot session. Sometimes I get overwhelmed as things seem to develop at a very fast pace and I don’t want to miss a thing. There is the product, the person, the environment, the feeling etc etc…

This time however the pictures came by themselves, sometimes the clothes wear the person and the person personality disappears, it is good if this is the intention, however I believe that it’s always better to try to make the person shine, with Ana this was easy, so easy, no matter what we threw at her, she just laughed and laughed and enjoyed the session so much, her energy was overwhelming and I do hope this came through my lens ok.

I am not a fan of super sharp images where a model looks perfect and pristine, here there is a Noir feel, movement and action, fun and everything it should be imperfect, human and because of it creative and fun.

I hope you enjoy them and makes you fell part of the Making Of… so much so I left the final images for the Client and kept for me The Making of ;)

Girona

´I tornaré a Girona
Quan bufi tramontana
Per perdre’m en silenci
Pels vells carrers que enyoro. 

I tornaré a Girona
Sense esperar que em cridin
Amb tremolor a les cames
I els ulls oberts com llunes. 

Serà un dia de somni
Quan tornaré a Girona´

Miquel Martí i Pol

Henry Moore Up Close and Personal


Henry Moore is one of those artists that the more I revisit his work the more I have come to love and admire, at first I just saw the scale of his pieces, striking, sexy and unique voluptuous curves that balance perfectly with its surroundings. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a place so huge where his work breaths and looks intimate and where solitude feels like a gift.

Long gone the days where I no longer shot a whole object, building or person into the frame all squeezed up. Moore invites you to look deeper into his forms and get lost between the work of nature has left over the bronze all over the seasons. It's beautiful, i cant find another word, but i hope that this picture represent a little bit what I am trying to say.

I hope you enjoy them and I am sure next time I go will see a completely different angle and curve, thats his beauty, it's infinite inspiration.

Starcrawler


Never heard of Starcrawler, I had no idea what kind of music they play, all I saw was a brief clip with a mad singer in a straight jacket looking mad and my other half bought us a coupla tickets, I totally forgot but the day came and a tiny venue just held the biggest gig I have ever been to in ages. I mean they blew my mind, my senses, my brains, my inspiration, it was WILD.. 

 Arrow de Wilde

Arrow de Wilde

Tight set, compact powerful music,the 70's Iggy Pop distilled with every cliche I grew up to love just there right there, front row. I never write in my blog, you see I am not good with words, I don't know how to make sense of a feeling hence I paint or take pictures. And I guess this is how Arrow the main singer I have come to learn was shy.... well.... What a performance that was. INCREDIBLE.

I was thinking how can I make justice to such performance... It's impossible. Then I came to think Iggy Pop, Man Ray and went for the Solarise effect or Breton effect like Man Ray was famous for

Just go and see them! Get their record and love and adore every single tune... at full blast and feel alive right there and then!...

 The Eyes

The Eyes

 TV Eye

TV Eye

Light

Heatwave


'If I draw five for the day
Then we ain't got to worry, we're nice for the day
Inspired by the sun, take flight for the day
Sippin' a cold beer, sunshine in your face'

Wiley

Black Sea


SEA FEVER

I must go down to the seas again,

 or the call of the running tideIs a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied; 

And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,

And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

John Masefield

Finestres


Poema IV de Set  Estimada Marta

No t'ennueguis amb records. Set claus
barren set portes. Saps prou bé què hi ha
darrere cadascuna per tornar-hi
amb el pretext d'enyors o negligències.
No s'esmena la vida ja viscuda
i aquest crepuscle de balaix desvetlla
noves veus que vulneren tots els límits.
Guarda la trista borra dels secrets
al fons obscur de qualsevol butxaca.
Que no t'exclogui el vent dels seus combats
ni la mar, dels seus ocis. Per colrar-te
de nou la pell hauràs d'obrir finestres.
No sentis massa pietat de tu.
Llença les claus i aprèn-te més encara.

Miquel Martí i Pol

Catfish And The Bottlemen


I wanted everything at once
Until you blew me out of my mind
Now I don’t need nothing
— 'Soundcheck' Catfish And The Bottlemen

Catfish and the Bottlemen is a band from Llandudno, North Wales, consisting of vocalist Ryan “Van” McCann, guitarist Johnny “Bondy” Bond, bassist Benjamin “Benji” Blakeway, and drummer Robert “Bob” Hall.

 They took the house down in a gig in Northampton Royal & Dernagate 21 May 2016


Jimi Hendrix


 The Hat

The Hat

I don’t really live on compliments. As a matter of fact, they have a way of distracting me. I know a whole lot of musicians, artist out there who hearth compliments and thinks “wow, I must have been really great” and so they get fat and satisfied and they get lost and forget about their actual talent and start living in a another world
— Jimi Hendrix
 Flor 3

Flor 3

Music is a safe kind of High
— Jimi Hendrix

Carnaby

Stairs

Excuse me while I kiss the Sky
— Jimi Hendrix

Record Player

Freak Out

 Fender

Fender

Record Wall

The Brutal Barbican and Hard Grain Concrete


Fed up with sharp and perfect pictures. When I visited the Barbican this weekend to see Basquiat paintings you can't help but look into the brutal architecture surrounding the place. Hate or love, both. Brutal is good when its simple. Here is very crowded and lacks minimalism.

But I zoomed into the column and water and got rid of the sharpness and the grain filter I never use was I think good in this instance and it gives the shot how rough cement is.

 The Barbican Centre.

The Barbican Centre.