Fifty Portraits

at 50mm, of 50 people like me


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Portrait No 19 – Denis, artist & printmaker

I feel very lucky to met with so many fascinating people so far on this project, some I already knew and some I didn’t and I’m so grateful to ones that I didn’t know that happily give up their time, not just to have a photograph taken but also to spend so much time chatting and telling me all about their passion.

Denis was no exception and I was amazed to see the variety of his work, from his more current work exploring text and language, through his experimental led work and some more traditional painting – his studio at Neoartists was packed with such varied work and that wonderful clutter that creatives love !

Denis is also heavily involved in printmaking at Neoartists where they have a fantastic printroom – I have to admit that printmaking is something I knew absolutely nothing about before meeting Denis and I could have spent the whole day listening to him to talk so passionately and hearing all about the different methods and seeing the variety of styles of prints produced.

You can find out more about Denis & his work on the Neoartists website (and he explains it so much better than I can !) by clicking here and you can see a small selection of his work here.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)

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Portrait No 18 – John, photographer

Well sooner or later there had to be a photographer ! I’d decided that I would only use a photographer I didn’t know (mainly so I didn’t cause offence, I have so many photographer friends that I couldn’t possibly include one of them without upsetting someone) and also that I wouldn’t directly approach a photographer and ask them to take part, I wanted the selection to be as random as possible. John’s a local photographer that I’ve been connected with on social media for a little while and his volunteering last week gave me the opportunity to meet him in real life too.

Photographing a photographer brings a unique challenge for me, I’m really not a fan of photographer’s profile pictures with cameras in them, probably because I see too many of them so the challenge was how to create a portrait without including the camera. Chatting to John beforehand I found out that his business revolves around both studio portraits (children & models) and landscapes so I decided I needed to incorporate the landscape and John went a step further and demonstrated his model moves which tied his whole business into the one image !


John has been a keen photographer for many years and I was really impressed that he can trace his love of landscapes and a distinctive style of portraiture back to his childhood. He decided to turn his hobby into a business a few years ago after a long spell of unemployment and he now shoots portraits mainly from his studio in Horwich and loves to head up to the Lakes to photograph landscapes. You can see his work on his website www.fourtwographs.co.uk.

(All images ©J Broughton Photography www.jbroughton.co.uk.)

PS – for anyone who cares about equipment I was pleasantly surprised to find that John is a fellow Sony user – there aren’t that many of us around for some reason !!

 


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I’m still here !

I’ve realised with a bit of a shock how long it’s been since my last post and thought I’d better add an update just so everyone knows I’m still here and haven’t abandoned the project ! It’s been a busy summer and autumn, each time I’ve looked in my diary and thought I could book someone in for the following week something has come up and the weeks have just flown by.

This project was always intended to be something that was purely for pleasure and never a burden. It doesn’t have a deadline so I’m not beating myself up about the long break but I have missed it, I’ve missed meeting all these wonderful people and hearing their stories. So I’ll be back in action and hopefully very soon.

If you have already volunteered I will be in touch at some point but feel free to drop me a reminder if you like. If you haven’t volunteered but would like to be one of my Fifty Portraits please drop me a quick message via my website by clicking here, I’m keen to hear from anyone who has been so passionate about a hobby that they have created a business from it no matter how large or small that business is.