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  1. Time is relevant to experience

    December 2, 2015

    ​The day before tomorrow is a magical event. That is now. Melbourne, Australia.

    Awake to a setting moon, drive 5 hours to get dawn photographs of a rural property in NSW. 10,000 hours they say is what it takes to become a master … of anything!

    With some clarity it is easier to say that confidence in advancement is through practice

    We are simple and uncomplicated beings when 'keep on keeping on' is in play. As always, the choices made with our hours lived alive are systematically segmented into “preferences” that living our lives ask of us.

  2. Who chooses when to photograph what - and why is it so?

    The premise of this title is to ascertain why there is a requirement to document.
    History has a rather emotional attachment - to what has gone before us in time - especially in relation to cities, architecture and art, anthropology, cultural landscapes and experiences of a time gone by.
    Professional photography is commissioned and artistic, driven on the whole by an outcome.
    There is performance photography in the arts and sport, commercial and advertising.
    Within each of these sub sections are more specialisations where photographers adapt and explore their surroundings, experience emotive expansions/contractions
  3. Successfully commissioned image? Who decides?

    July 31st 2015

    What is a successfully delivered creative project?
    The recently posted photograph in my feed and the image in this article was part of a larger commission. The client is a well respected and Internationally acclaimed interior design and architectural firm specialising in corporate design and construction. And as we all know my client’s client is also regarded and treated as if they were my own client also …. correct protocol.
    The brief was to capture the interiors that were designed and built by my client as if I was presenting it as a front page and or spread in an interior design magazine. I had
  4. Visual Discrimination.

    August 4th 2015

    Visual Discrimination. Images stamp time.
    Who and what are we seeing through our experienced and conditioned eyes?
    When art is created with the specific purpose of capturing an image … an ever changing landscape reveals itself. Once an image is captured it is transformed into a static image.
    The World turns revealing its ever changing landscape.
    Does the camera discriminate between black and white, colour and shape? Yes and no. It does through the eyes of the image maker and viewer and it doesn’t because the camera is an inanimate object.
    The artist does creatively discriminate
  5. Shaping up. Design is King.

    July 24th, 2015

    The alarm rings at 0445, sit quietly for a while, breakfast, then grab prepared camera gear and drive for an hour and a half to a location for a sunrise shot.
    The weather maps and bureau suggest clear skies.
    A cold still Spring morning appears. Perfect for morning landscape imagery. There are many moments of positioning a camera.
    The shape and design can take time to determine the visual sweet spot.
    Editing through the camera is my preferred
  6. Photography, the eye and the spirit of the view

    4th June, 2015

    Observations are important - photography, the eye and the spirit of viewing an image before, during and after its capture is where the sweet spot of design and art merge into a finished piece of work.
    Capturing an image is done in the moment, whether or not it has been staged or candid. All the change from the past is unimportant when focussing on that single moment. If we look at it from the opposite perspective - where the view we are looking at is looking and wanting to be captured by us the photographer - then this is the most important single moment that vista has to be transformed into another dimension
  7. The alchemy of Photography

    27th May, 2015
    How does a photographer translate a brief into a creative set of images?
    Communication, interpretation, observation, creativity, sensitivity, intuition and time.
    Often l am asked to photograph a project with only an address and a contact on the ground. This could be anywhere in the world. Fly in, meet the client, English language not always required, local familiarisation of the area and the commissioned project.
    Observation of the project many times is necessary, taking in and soaking up the environment. The shape, feel, access, areas of beauty all with the single aim of looking to achieve
  8. Photographers create with assets of observations and perceptions

    21st May, 2015
    A Portfolio is a section of an individual artist's professional/personal work that is relative to the clients requirements.
    A client likes to see that the photographer/artist has the "depth of portfolio” or experience required to confidently commission the artist. This is the creative worker’s Curriculum Vitae.
    Many artists these days use PDF, book, showreel or an online display. Here is an example of Blaininc's slide show portfolio selection from 2015
    Exhibitions and “bodies” of work can also be individually tailored to include information about a certain project. Here is ...
  9. Combination images

    7th May, 2015
    This is a digital image - combining "Upper and Lower Esplanades" and "Foot bridge with Traffic" Both these images have been photographed in the last month. They read from left to right. The text fits around the imagery. The road in the foreground flows. The overlay was a simple copy and paste.St.Kilda is a vibrant inner city bayside suburb of Melbourne.
    cheers Blain
    Photo: ​"St.Kilda Evenings" Blain Crellin
    Client: Personal
    ​Location: St.Kilda, Melbourne, Australia

  10. "An Architectural photographer is a Creative Project Manager".

    Apr 12, 2015​
    As an international location photographer, l have experienced many scenarios whilst creatively documenting the built environment.
    Communication with the client is initially the main focus. When a client and photographer jointly accept a commission, a relationship begins - usually with a phone number, plans, creative requirements and an address.
    ​To begin a commission (assuming the estimates have been accepted) one must travel, source accommodation, photograph ... and repeat 3 days in a row per project (minimum). Observing weather conditions is an art in itself. The ...