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London based professional interior and architectural photographer.

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James Tarry's photography blog. Ramblings from a photographers over active mind. Email now mail@jamestarryphotography.com or call +44 (0)7855 742 633.

The Run Down: January

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Welcome to 2017 and the first month of "The Run Down", a monthly newletter where I will highlight things I've seen, photographed, Loved, listened too and enjoyed. 

First up: If you have 10mins to spare, in fact even if you don't make sure you have a look through Jerry Schatzberg's website: https://www.jerryschatzberg.com . Just some insanely beautiful photography of people, places and bygone ages

Peter McKinnon is a photographer I came across randomly on Youtube this month. He makes fun, quick and humour filled videos on photography tips that both amateurs and pro's could/can use. The one below "Something Every Artist needs to hear"and has some very wise words in it. 

 

This months Book: Jon Ronson "So You've Been Publicy Shamed" all about people that have faced public shaming either by media or online such as Twitter. 

 

Jon Wilkening is a photographer who's work I love and thankfully own a couple of prints of! He shoots handheld pinhole street photography and he released his second self funded 'zine' this month: "Tiny Plastic Box Vol2": go check him out at www.JonWilkening.com or on Twitter at @jonwilkening

Finally this months musical playlist. January doesnt bring a whole lot of new releases in the music industry so I've been largely rediscovering and playing older tunes; want to know what, then click here for my "Music to Edit to" Spotify Playlist ..... or here: https://open.spotify.com/user/jt_photography/playlist/33Og8CQVmP7w5Gck4EQwil

 

 

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2017: Pinhole photography and Instant Film Pt2

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Hello again.

Alot has happened since the last post on my new instant film direction including; New55 film rarely working 'properly', a possible faulty back (which wasnt faulty), an Ondu pinhole camera with 6 light leaks (sorted by photographers best friend-Gaffer Tape). Unsatisfactory email replies with New55 over what I felt was a faulty box of film (5 sheets-none fitted properly, all ripped apart) and returns of all stock (and the other "faulty not faulty" Polaroid back) taken back to shop only to hear they had similar issues and concerns.

I will spare all the back and forths but the whole thing has been an exhausting battle. By the time New55 offered to replace the film I had decided to take the risk and buy the original Polaroid Type 55 film off Ebay. The risk being that this film is discontinued, expired and possibly the film chemical has dried up.... the seller in this case had apparently stored it in a fridge for the best part of 10 years, so I thought it was worth a punt. At £180 a box (not including postage) its the most expensive film I have bought to date, but it still works out cheaper per shot than New55 which currently runs at £60-70 a box (not including postage) for only 5 shots per box. What could go wrong that already hasn't, right? 

Well I set off back to Richmond Park one beautiful Saturday morning, pulled the Polaroid film out, crossed fingers and started again. Success. The film fits, works, and delivers. I shot 7 exposures that morning and I have 1 keeper, while that does not sound a great return per shot wise, the quality of that one keeper is way better in my opinion of what I had (examples below). The 6 others, 3 hadnt processed "properly" (part of the risk of instant film) and 3 were compositional/pinhole errors that I had made. 

I'm super happy with these Polaroid Type55 slides, its how I remember my experiance with the Fuji Pack film, enjoyable. The thing I need to improve at is getting the shot composition better and quicker, the disadvantage of using the Pinhole is that its pretty much all guess work as there is no way of 'seeing' or previewing what you are aiming at. As with every stage of every idea I have there's been trials, swearing, impatience and frustration but the big positive I take away every time this happens is that somehow I'm always able to stick with it and figure out a solution....ONWARDS AND UPWARDS! 

Polaroid Type55

Polaroid Type55

NEW55 

NEW55 

Thank you for reading-If you enjoyed please hit that subscibe button, I have a few plans over the year that might be of interest. If you have not voted for me in the Finals of Art Of Building 2016, you can do so here http://www.artofbuilding.org/vote , my Gherkin photo (below) was selected from 2000 entries and needs your help to win: voting closes 23rd Jan! :) 

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2017: Pinhole photography and Instant film

james tarry

New Year and a new set and style of images. 

This new direction has been on the cards for a very long time now but trying to get all the ducks in a row to produce it was proving difficult: the pinhole camera was delayed nearly a year, the instant film is pretty experimental and also very expensive for only 5 shots per box. 

Ultimately I wanted to produce a set of images that were 'dream like', calming and atmospheric in quality hence the pinhole camera choice. I also wanted them to be insanely imperfect, which lends itself well to the New55 instant film as the spread of chemicals is never quite the same and often bleeds out. In my head I think I was also aiming for less photorealism and more of a 'painterly' quality, they (I believe) will look really fantastic printed on some textured paper, and big, of course. 

The B&W film packs seem to work better then the Colour for me, they also have the added bonus of being on a sort of textured paper so when zoomed in you can see cracks, like dried paint..... the B&W packs are also £5-10 cheaper so there's that too!

They are very different to my previous work, which tend to be big bright colours but I feel they still fit within the same realm as I further try to push film photography. My main concern is that they do not translate well on a screen and to really 'get' them they need to be printed. Either way, I'm looking forward to continuing with this, getting feedback on them and hopefully showing it this year at an Art Fair or two during the year. 

"Cross" 

"Cross" 

"Trees"

"Trees"

Thank you for reading-If you enjoyed please hit that subscibe button, I have a few plans over the year that might be of interest. If you have not voted for me in the Finals of Art Of Building 2016, you can do so here http://www.artofbuilding.org/vote , my Gherkin photo (below) was selected from 2000 entries and needs your help to win :-) 

 

 

 

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Art of the Building 2016 competition finalist

james tarry

Hello, 

Apologies for the slow blogging of late, its been a pretty full on last few months after The Other Art Fair with little time to sit down and update. 

This morning I woke up to the BBC website informing me that I had been selected in the final 15 of the 'Art of the Building 2016' competiton run by the Chartered Institute of Building with my triple exposure 4x5 interpreation of the Foster + Partners "The Gherkin". 

A fantastic way to end the year and an honour to be selected amongst the thousands of entries. It now goes to a public vote: So, here I am asking if you like this photo to please click the link below and vote for it. It would be very very muchly appreciated, and of course a Happy Christmas to you all :)

http://www.artofbuilding.org/vote

Limited Edition Prints of 'The Gherkin" are also available for sale via Saatchi Art on the link below:

https://www.saatchiart.com/art/Photography-The-Gherkin/160701/2820987/view

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Surfers: France

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The usual time and date rolled around, as usual I do my best to get away from it and avoid it. This year we retreated back to Bordeaux for my birthday and a little R&R before the craziness of The Other Art Fair kicks in.... Its probably no secret I have a slight obsession with surfing/skateboarding visuals and love taking photos of surfing in particular so, thats where I spent my afternoon in the South Of France sunshine.   

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