Recent Commission for Eastbourne's Phoenix Choir

A selection of my photographs from a recent commission for the Eastbourne based "Phoenix Choir" of their performance of J.S. Bach "Passion of St Matthew" which was performed here in Eastbourne a couple of weeks ago at Church of England "All Saints" . What a wonderful and magical experience to be a part of. I was challenged in parts of the church by very poor lighting in areas and had to work hard to capture the soloists who were predominantly in this poor area of light and had to really push my skills and equipment to the edge, however this all paid off in the end in the results that I managed to obtain.

Receiving the following comment from my client was lovely  "Many thanks for the pics - they really convey the atmosphere on the night which I think is great and almost palpable."

Link to the review of their performance on the Eastbourne Herald newspaper website featuring one of my photographs.

 

A passage to India

Last year on Instagram, I posted a series of photographs from a seminal time in my life when my wife and I travelled through India in 2000. 

Posting these images on Instagram was an opportunity to examine with a critical eye 16 years later, some of my early photography, and served to remind me how much passion I had back then for photography and the opportunities it presented me as a young traveller. It has reinforced a desire to return and travel places like this again, with what I know now. It has served as reminder, that these portraits were captured in a free and easy time of my life and shows that it is important to be be in the moment and go with flow - which was how we were back then, before children and a corporate job took hold of life and the path changed direction. 

I have to say, that Sara was a legend when we travelled, putting up with me disappearing or lagging behind to capture a photograph! 

All were photographed on my 35mm film Nikon N4004 using a combination of two lens I had at the time: a 35-70mm and a 70-200mm lens. At the time I was mainly using colour print, but there are some slide and B&W in the mix. As I was travelling at the time and didn't want have prints made (to save on weight) , towards the end of the trip in India I produced contact sheets at a photo lab in New Delhi, and I remember the proprietor when I went to collect them, asking if I was on assignment for National Geographic - that comment made my day I tell you!

Unfortunately at the time I scanned these around 2002/2003 I really didn't know much about digital photography, or Photoshop or scanning really - so they were all scanned at quite a low quality - we live and learn. Another job in the future to re scan all of these so I could make a book  - hours of work to achieve  that!

I will also post at some point a series of images from Laos and Thailand from the same trip.

 

Wil Wardle Photography on Ipernity

So its like this, at this time of writing I have 197 images posted on Ipernity, and counting.

I started using Ipernity as a way to separate my distinct personal photographic styles, as I felt that I needed a place to focus my photography of people, incorporating but not limited too my street style photography and also a few portrait style projects that I am currently working on. 

This is quite different from the urban and auto themed projects that are predominately displayed on my Flickr stream. Whilst having been on Flickr for many years, and having built up a solid base of followers and of people I follow in turn, and whose photography I really admire, starting afresh on Ipernity has been slow, but I am getting there.

The selection of my photography that I have curated on here, are all photographs that I am proud of and pleased with the crafting of, and which span a period of the past 4 years or so.

They generally tell some sort of a story or display an essence of emotion or personality of the subject. Some are street scenes, however the theme running through all the photographs is "People", whether they be family, friends or strangers I have met and engaged with on some sort of personal level. 

I hope you will feel some of my passion and my personal pride in the work which I have hand selected to display here. I will continue to post on here from my catalogue as time goes by.

Please do me the huge honour of clicking on  the link embedded into the image below, and be taken directly to my Ipernity page - feedback and comments most welcome.


Wilfred - Bio (Organic) Shop Keeper in Morgental (Zurich)

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Another portrait of Wilfred (an old family friend) outside his Bio (Organic) Shop in Morgental, Zurich. Forming part of my environmental portrait series.

 

Ben from Sign Studio

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Continuing my environmental portrait series. This one taken a few years ago of my friend Ben Hackney of Hackney Design who previously worked at the Sign Studio in Eastbourne.


The Guv'nor

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This portrait was taken on a workshop I did with renowned street photographer Antonio Olmos. This was taken in Brighton, on the flea market held off the Laines in Brighton. This also forms part of my environmental series of photographs, and is part street portrait too.

Sebastian of "Scent The Florist"

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This portrait was taken on a workshop I did with renowned street photographer Antonio Olmos. This was taken in Brighton. This also forms part of my environmental series of photographs



Save the Lollipop Man Appeal

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Photograph I took a while ago (3 years ago), blurb as follows from when it was taken:

"Parents with children at the Stafford County Junior, and Roseland’s Infant School are currently running an appeal to raise £3000 to retain the services of David the lollipop man, whose funding has not been renewed. The reason for this is apparently that the busy road St Phillips Ave that he mediates for parents and children crossing, apparently does not warrant a dedicated crossing guard. However a number of us are extremely concerned that by David not being there at the busy school open and close times, and the heavy volume traffic at this time, will lead to a serious accident. As a result the Stafford PTFA is running an appeal to raise the £3000 per annum required to pay David a part time salary." 

He is still there 3 years later :)


Train Driver

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This photo was taken a few years ago now at the annual Magnificent Motors show in Eastbourne.  Part of an ongoing project, well actually crossing over two projects really "Environmental Portraits" and "Man and Machine" (more details on my website). These guys are part of the Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway, and appear at most local events, and are always popular with kids and parents alike.  Incredible that each of these miniature locomotives are completely hand built.

Caroline - Dress Maker

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Environmental style portrait of my talented sister in-law who works for  the Zurich Opera House 
in the costume department. As a treat for us she organised a trip to one of their costume stores,  
great fun was had by all exploring all the wonderful costumes and props. Caroline studied fashion and design in Cape Town, and she now also makes dresses and handbags etc to order in Zurich. 


Roman Legionnaire

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Portrait of my son taken 2 Christmas ago now on a family holiday to Zurich. My talented sister in-law works for  the Zurich Opera House in the costume department, and as a treat for us organised a trip to one of their costume stores,  great fun was had by all exploring all the wonderful costumes and props.