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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: February

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February arrived and now its gone in a blink, so quick that my run down this month (11 days into March) is kind of rushed (please excuse grammar!).... must try better next time. So here are some things I've seen, photographed, Loved, listened too and enjoyed in the month of February 2017:

Podcast: every week photographer Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris sit down and talk about photography related topics and not so related topics (art, tech, politics, it all gets thrown in). What I particulary enjoy most about this podcast is the refreshing honesty between the two, they quite often highlight/talk through their struggles of their own projects, its great editing background listening and not gear talk heavy. You can find them here:  http://www.ontakingpictures.com or on iTunes. 

Exhibition: Tate Modern currently has 3 great exhibitions on and if we had researched them better we would have seen the other 2 on the same day for only a fraction more on top of the entry fee. Tate do a multiple entry ticket which we didnt get because we didnt really know what the other exhibits were about! We went along to see the Robert Rauschenberg exhibit which was superb and well worth the entry fee alone though. The other exhibits on currenty are: The Radical Eye: Elton Johns collection and Wolfgang Tillmans photographic exhibtion. The latter which I would have loved to have seen.... had I known what it/he was! Never mind. Also on in London at Tate Britian is David Hockney which we keep trying to get tickets for but is constantly sold out on the days we can visit! 

Artfinder: I sell some of my work via Artfinder and was invited down as a London artist to support International Womens Day, sadly I was working in the hours that they were there. I find this chart of Artfinders artists gender very interesting and positive compared to MoMA. Here is the link if you would like to find out more: http://equality.artfinder.com

Twitter: This month I came across the work of portrait photographer 'Josh Wool', his work is just beautiful: go take a peep here> http://www.joshwool.com/portrait/5da5skfdo4vugcb3mac9dytomgqgq3 

My photo of the month from a very enjoyable shoot for Studio29 Architects of a Chelsea apartment they had designed.

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Lastly the February playlist: click the link to listen to some of the music I've been listening to throughout the month (Via Spotify)  https://open.spotify.com/user/jt_photography/playlist/6czlNt4QObVck3IPj7TFua

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Mind State: A personal project about mental illness

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For years now I have been trying and failing to come up with a visual project about mental illness. In fact I've also written several blog posts about this topic after seeing a slew of creatives all discussing how they struggle with mental illness online, but I have always deleted them. Depression still feels a bit of a taboo subject or something people still see as an over exaggeration, something you will 'snap out of', or even a call for attention-I think that's why I have always deleted my scribbling. 

For the record I was diagnosed with depression around my 20s, I remember my doctor saying it was surprising it hadn't appeared earlier considering my medical history up to that point. While mine was only a mild case and I was off medication soon afterwards over the years its always been there, lurking in the background. Around my 30s I found myself in a job I hated for 5 years and in a volatile relationship that I could not seem to get out of that had me dipping back into past troubles-I was almost always angry, felt insanely alone and trapped.  I had figured out tricks or ways to balance myself-music in my headphones was one of these (later on the use of Twitter was another way of release). I used to have headphones in or close to me pretty much all the time just in case I needed to drown out/calm my thoughts quickly. In fact I still have music in or around me when needed, but while these tricks helped, they didnt get me out of the situations/feeling better.

Without going into too many details, in the back half of 2016 I felt a change happening again. In my 20s there had been a breaking point (literally) that got me to the doctors and when I was in that bad job/relationship years later there was a chance breaking point there that got me into a better place then too. In January 2017 mind racing almost hourly, countless near sleepless nights, feeling physically sick almost daily and added amounts of anxiousness every time I had to deal with certain matters or people a breaking point would happen again. 

It would be on a beach in West Sussex close to my family home where I had been so many times in the past to walk and clear my mind. This time I had my pinhole camera and a bunch of Polaroid film. The fresh air, the rain, the empty winter beach always does wonders for me-Photographically and mentally something clicked. In that moment I knew what had to be done to balance the troubles that was making me unhappy in my day to day and I knew exactly how to make a series of photos representing the levels of depression, anxiety and stress that has fluctuated in and out of my life. 

What follows is the start of a series of images shot entirely on old Polaroid 4x5 Film stock with a pinhole camera-The process itself to get these photos is often serene and relfection filled. The images are of isolated objects with a circle that represents me and how I have been feeling either in that week or memories of the past. The grey circle represents the anxiety/stress/depression, the larger the circle the more intense the moment was. It has been an incredibly cathartic process. 

There are many out there that suffer and don't/cant reach out or aren't fortunate to have the support and loved ones I am glad to have in my life. As I have found in the past few weeks after slowing releasing this series, you (we) are not alone, my hope is that by sharing this personal experience and series that it touches someone somewhere, maybe even help.

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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

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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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