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Give the positive vibes
12 April 2021 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

You know, people can often be very reserved in giving praise where it’s due eg. where they’ve done a good job, or you admire their work and so on.  It’s also really difficult times at the moment so little things can really make a big difference to help everyone try and maintain a positive mindset. So go make a point of letting people know how positive you are towards them, it not only makes the recipient feel good but it could also be contagious.

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Simplify your life
12 April 2021 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

Too many people make things extremely complicated for themselves. Always doing the hustle in their drive for success whilst hungering for their next possession ….. all draining the potential for simplicity in their lives. You only have one life, make yours count, re-examine what a successful life means for you and those around you, declutter your “stuff” and you will simplify in order to live your best life.

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A New Start?
10 January 2021 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

New year, New start?  Well maybe “Yes” as I have come back to doing some writing on Tumblr after many years.  But why you might ask as I have asked myself these last few weeks?  Well, this WordPress website that I’ve hosted my photography work on for many years has come up  for annual renewal.  And yes I do have an instagram, but really that platform doesn’t hold my interest.  Moving forward, I think it’ll be this WordPress site and my Tumblr account that will hold my interest. So whilst I still do some photography, it really doesn’t hold the passion for me as it once did.  Nowadays I’m more about music, both listening to and playing.  I learnt to play pretty well the dual-manual organ and keyboards 30-odd years ago and played it for about 15 years or so.   But now, I’m wanting to learn to play some new musical instruments ie.  guitar, piano and ukulele.  So certainly when it comes to learning piano, I’ve got to “unlearn” some organ techniques.  And for guitar and ukulele, that’s a totally new avenue to explore.  So I’m looking forward to the challenge of that. Also, I have for many years […]

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I’ve gone PhotoBlind
10 June 2020 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

Since the TV advert you probably know of the word “noseblind” – which according to Wikipedia means “The gradual acclimation to the smells of one’s home, car, or belongings, in which the affected does not notice them”. Well, I’m sorry but I’ve gone photoblind. I really cannot “see” 99% of the imagery that pervade our social media, model and photographer portfolios, modelling sites etc. It all just seems that most photos are oh so bloody boring, lack feeling, imagination, have no excitement, no story and so does that mean that potentially they have no reason for being. Sure, they may be perfectly lit, exposed, posed, styled, post-processed, shot in a great location, obeys all the photographic “rules” etc. but really does it do anything for you … or me. And for many, as well as being boring, they can often be a repetitive clone of their own or others work. Rightly or wrongly due to the likes of instagram and tumblr particularly, I think that photography is so very different now than it used to be and for some people that’s a shock. Who cares if there’s big shadows, bright lights, the tops of heads cropped off, limbs cut off […]

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Minimalism
25 May 2020 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

I’m an advocate for minimalism in life and so that includes getting shot of clothes, furniture, and anything not essential in my home or provide me with “love” in the classic Maria Kondo style. So began a process to help move to that goal where I also started to rationalise and justify reasons for keeping … or selling …. some of my computer equipment and photo gear. I was not averse to getting new equipment if necessary if it would provide some longevity and stability over hopefully the next 5 years or so. So I’ll spend the next couple of posts on here describing my thoughts on: Computer equipment Photo equipment I have a 27inch iMac (2014) and a laptop, an Apple Macbook Air (2014), both top specification at the time of purchase and both have done really well doing photo and video editing, plus the general day to day activities of email, web browsing and web design, and producing documents. My iPad Pro 9.7 inch (2016) was well-specced at the time of purchase too, and whilst it could do a lot, it was not a tool to handle file management or complex photo management. So out of necessity I […]

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HOME ….an environmental film
19 May 2020 by GordonM in Uncategorised 0 Comments

Everyone should watch this feature-length film …. the factors that have caused global warming, the inbalance between rich and poor across the world, how fossil fuels are decimating life on earth and why much of the crops produced across the world are actually being used to feed animals rather than people. This message has to get across to global politicians and developing countries who are ignoring the scientific evidence. All good reasons too to reduce your consumerism by being a minimalist. And also reduce your consumption of meat. The photography, videography and aerial photography is truly astounding. Link to the film on youtube. Please share with all your family and friends. It’s important.

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York Photoshoot with WikkyC

This was a follow-up meet-up and shoot with Wikky after our successful and very enjoyable trip to Mallorca.  Weather in York wasn’t quite Mediterranean, but nevertheless it was nice and bright and sunny.  A quick trip for each of us coming from different directions on the train, York worked out perfectly as a central location for both of us. The intention during the day was to not just take some portfolio photos but also to give Wikky a bit of photographic tuition as well as she wants to get behind the camera in the future.  Armed with her Canon camera and a couple of new lenses we were able to walk around the streets of York and down by the river.  So I took a few photos, which also I varied at the time with different apertures, focal lengths and shutter speeds so that she could see the effect each parameter would have and why you might choose one setting over another. Anyway, we had a good catchup, Wikky learnt a lot and I took some nice photos of her in a sort of lifestyle/fashion way.  Hope you like them.  

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Mallorca Oct 2019

I took Wikky on one of my regular villa trips to Mallorca and this trip was particularly nice because as well as being her first time abroad, it was her first photoshoot abroad too.  As per usual on these trips there was my photographer friend Les (Toxic Imaging) and also another model.   We all like to mix it up in so much as there’s as much holiday time as there is photoshoot time, so that the trip becomes a time to sightsee, to relax, to eat out but also discover and shoot in some great locations as well as around the villa and pool.  This trip was a little different though as we’d chosen to go up to the north-east of the island in the Pollenca and Alcudia region rather than our usual south-east Cala d’Or trip.  It definitely makes a change seeing somewhere new and there is the task of finding new locations to shoot … and eat …. as well.  But we managed to find some great places to shoot on the beaches, in the local towns and of course around our large villa grounds. My style of late has been to shoot more lifestyle type photos […]

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Cafe Lifestyle shoot with Amy Green
3 September 2019 by GordonM in Blog, lifestyle, people, Portfolio 0 Comments

Amy is a terrific model and we’ve known each other for a number of years, although we hadn’t seen each other for a while, never mind to have a photoshoot together again.  So it was great to meet up to take some lifestyle photos in my favourite local cafe in town.  Amy knew the routine having worked with me in my style many times before and so we just got down to getting some nice, relaxed photos on what was quite a nice day although a little windy.   I tend to supply the tops/t-shirts that to me “say lifestyle” and what with me having my camper van close by, it’s a bonus to use it as a convenient place to have a quick change of look.  Needless to say, we got some great photos and had a nice coffee and a catchup too.

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Studio shoot with Melissa Alice

I’d worked with Melissa Alice before on my no-makeup project and I just loved her look. So when I had the opportunity to shoot at my friend’s new studio in Nottingham (Unit 17 Studio) I took the chance for Melissa and myself to get together again and just try out some simple setups in the studio. The studio has large windows at one end of the studio and this was the best place for me to do my lifestyle and portraits. So you can see the results below.

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