2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 15 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Photo Assignment: Week 8

The third assessment was themed ‘Secret Spaces’. My original idea was to shoot a doorway with someone just about to enter the room beyond. I could only think of one location and it wouldn’t have been possible to shoot there, so I improvised and kept the idea, but at a location I could shoot.

Secret Spaces

Light was quite important for this one and there are two desk lamps inside the wardrobe. The room lights were switched off so the emphasis would be on the light coming from inside. My daughter modeled for me – she’s the only one that will – and as usual, she took her direction straight away and added her own twist. (If she doesn’t end up an actress I’ll be very surprised!)

The image has probably had more post capture work done to it than any other image. I’m not one to mess around images beyond curves and contrast, but this one needed a fair amount of cloning, masking around the wardrobe and some dodging.

So that’s three assessments down and two to go – got those to do over the Christmas break. In the mean time, Merry Christmas to everyone. Thanks for the visits, likes and comments over the year. Here’s hoping for a great 2013 for everyone.

Photo Assignment: Week 7

The second assessed theme was colour and experience. I went with an interpretation I’ve talked about with colleagues quite often, which was the experience of being black or Asian in a corporate world.

I asked a couple of colleagues and they were up for the shoot. The brief I set myself was simple: the portraits would be like a mugshot, strait on and they’d hold a piece of paper on which they could write whatever they wanted. It could be negative, positive, funny, whatever, and we’d go with that. They really got into the spirit of it and it was a fun shoot.



The lighting isn’t what I wanted, but the room we were in had lot’s of metal fittings and no matter where I tried to bounce the flash I got wierd reflections.

Still, this was probably my favourite assignment of the year and one I want to pursue as a bigger project sometime.

Photo Assignment: Week 6

Well, It’s been a while since I posted an assignment, so I have some catching up to do. From here until Week ten, the assignments are themed and assessed and count toward 50% of the module marks.

The main reason for holding off posting these is that the first theme is Self-Portrait. I struggled with this one because I hate being in front of the camera, but I also wanted to say a little something about who i am. (or at least an aspect of how I see myself.)

Originally I converted it to black and white, but after discovering Anton Bruehl‘s work I went back to colour. I’ve never seen colour as beautiful as Bruehl’s work and tried to emulate his colour palette. I didn’t quite manage it, but I was happy with the result.

Self Portrait