William Mortensen, Secrets of ‘The Command to Look’, Part 2

William Mortensen, Secrets of ‘The Command to Look’, Part 2

Ansel Adams had discribed him as the Anti Christ. Anton LaVay founder of the Satanic Church had even dedicated the Satanic Bible to no other than William Mortensen.  It was said he had discovered the psycology of why we look at images and with this knowledge he had devised “The Command to Look”It wouldn’t be…

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William Mortensen, secrets of the Command to Look. Part 1

William Mortensen, secrets of the Command to Look. Part 1

  • 30th December 2014
  • Books

I discovered upon William Mortensen whilst researching vintage books on photographing models. I have always been charmed by Victorian portraiture and this book from 1920, whilst not of Victorian vintage, I had hoped may skim a light across classical conventions in posing. The book chosen that dropped through my letterbox was “The Model” by William…

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Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies

I am sitting here struggling how to explain this. I have decided before I start, I need to get a whisky, sit down and grab my little cardboard black box from its secret hiding place. Abandon normal instruments. No, that makes no sense. I need another – Ask people to work against their better judgement. You see, when your struggling…

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Sincerity

Sincerity

It has taken me many years to realise the message within my work, I’ve become quite enthusiastic about how to begin to express it. It’s the feeling of needing to be understood, it’s about creating the strongest connection with the viewer as possible, a gripping emotional pull being generated from the sitter to the viewer….

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Digging Deep. Finding the Art you need to make.

Digging Deep. Finding the Art you need to make.

Photography has often made me feel lost. It feels like a journey and you don’t know where your going, a nomad, a wanderer. Often you query if you should even be on a journey. Trying to find something, only you don’t know what that something happens to be or how to find it. You cannot stop, there is…

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Blanchard Brushes

Blanchard Brushes

There are various ways of coating the paper for salt printing. Up to now I have been brushing both the salt solution and the silver nitrate solutions. A problem with silver nitrate is it can corrode the metal ferrule on brushes and brushes become contaminated very quikly. I find its best to use the brush…

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DIY Printing Frames

DIY Printing Frames

Alternative prints require a printing frame of some sort. Purpose made printing frames still exist but are very expensive. A good alternative is a simple DIY frame using glass, MDF and large Bulldog Clips. You can even add a simple hinged back to these printing frames. Having a hinged back allows you to lift up the…

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Salt Print Formula

Salt Print Formula

I once did a workshop on Photogenic Drawings with the Ostermans, they are two of the very best teachers of this process. I remember I desperately wanted to do a workshop with them for wet plates. Unfortunately that course was booked but what was still available was photogenic drawings. I had no idea what they…

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