It's been a little while since I've done a 'Notes on' post, so here we are, highlights since my last 'Notes on...' post, but I'll keep it fairly brief!
As is often the way, many of my shoots can't be shared on here for confidentiality or embargo reasons (plus it makes me sound more mysterious and exciting), but here are a few things I can share .
June was a busy month for product photography, with commissions including a game (different iterations since the 70s), and some Christmas decorations (yup, things move quickly around here!)
I photographed a Ghostwood Shanks rehearsal as they get ready for the release of a new EP and some gigs in coming months. I heard one of their new songs and my honest reaction was to blurt out "well, that was awesome!" so I look forward to everyone hearing that.
I photographed the Colchester Digital Meetup events - as I've said before, it's a very friendly, interesting group and if you are in the Colchester area and interested in Digital then I highly recommend coming along.
There has been A LOT going on with Shutter Hub recently! We've just launched our new website, the development of which I have been overseeing with Karen Harvey and Tim Jukes Design. We're really proud of the new site and the new opportunities it brings for our members. Do check it out!
We're also taking The Shutter Hub exhibition 'Because We Can' to Festival Pil’ours, Saint Gilles Croix de Vie, France on 8th July. We will be exhibiting work from photographers around the world, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, United States, Qatar, the UK and I'm very pleased to have some work in it myself! Find out all about that here.
This year I was a tutor on the Accumulate photography workshops - an incredible charity working with homeless young people. I wrote about my experience on the Shutter Hub blog so you can read about it there. It was brilliant to be a small part of it and wonderful to see everything come together at their incredible exhibition at The Guardian.
Photo by Nico Froehlich
I went on a day trip to Walton-on-the-Naze and documented it on a disposable camera.
Totally not fitting for our current climate, I've been taking random photos around the place, like this rain on the window a little while back.
Patti Smith joined Instagram and it's honestly one of the greatest things to happen on the platform - I recommend following her if you want to be inspired and have some joy and hope for the world on your feed.
Tim and I went to see the Britishness Project at Firstsite in Colchester, which was really interesting and inspiring. On my way to the Accumulate exhibition opening I went to see Another Kind of Life at the Barbican - lots to think about there.
'The Britishness Project', Firstsite
Accumulate' 'Displacement' exhibition opening
In my headphones: Nine Inch Nails released their new mini album 'Bad Witch' on the same day I went to see them at Royal Festival Hall for Robert Smith's Meltdown Festival, then I saw them at the Royal Albert Hall two days later - one of the best weekends ever! The sound in Festival Hall is amazing, I was a bit nervous about seating because I've never sat at a gig before, but everyone stood up anyway and both gigs were just completely incredible. I particularly liked that the Royal Albert Hall sent me an email with links to photos the next week - a really nice touch. If you like them as much as I do you should watch Lauren Laverne's interview with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
A Perfect Circle released the Eat the Elephant, the album I mentioned previously. It gets better and better with more listens and we had an amazing night watching them perform at the Brixton Academy. In preparation for that I was listening to all their albums a lot and will just say that eMOTIVe feels very relevant, 14 years after it's initial release.
On my TV: The Good Fight was back with a second series and was brilliant - so sharp, I love it. We're now up-to-date with Vikings having started watching it at the beginning of the year - not for the faint hearted but a great series. I watched Dina recently based purely on the thumbnail image on the BBC iPlayer and it was excellent. I watched The Witches and it was just as brilliant (and terrifying) as I remember. Did you know Michael Palin makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance as a witch? You can spot him if you know! The Defiant Ones is great too - mainly about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine but including Interscope Records, Nine Inch Nails, NWA, Patti Smith, Tupac, Beats headphones and 90s culture. Well worth watching. Atlanta is also awesome as is Billions, which I haven't quite caught up with yet so no spoilers please!
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Have a great July!
Jayne Lloyd is a freelance photographer based in the UK. If you'd like to get in touch about working together you can contact me here.
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