I was watching a friend and fellow photographer give a talk to a camera club recently, and he mentioned that he was editing images from his archives, and said that he wished he had access to my hard disk as there’s probably ten panels worth of images sitting there unprocessed.
I’m embarrassed to say that he may not be exaggerating, as unless I have a specific project that I am working on I will usually just pick a random image folder and then find lots of hidden gems which I will start editing and posting, until I move onto the next random folder, and I have lots of folders left to look through!
I do edit and post lots of images, but the models I work with usually ensure that we create more great images than I have time to edit before I need to start editing images from the next shoot. I could shoot less often, but I enjoy shooting and researching locations as much as I do editing, so that’s not going to happen :P
The strange times that we have lived in for the past 12 months has meant that I have been able to make a significant dent in my backlog, producing 9 A3 120 page books – yes, I know I’m not that good with titles!
I’ve also managed to create a book for the London Salon of Photography in my spare time, with my first foray in using Affinity Publisher which I can highly recommend.
To the right of those 9 books those of you with good eyesight will see the layflat Photobox book I did with images from my trips to Iceland with Lulu. That book only had 60 pages, so I am going to do a 120 page book of Iceland images which gave me the opportunity to edit many more images from our two trips there.
These five images are from a set where I’ve not edited any before from 2016, as I didn’t like those two out of focus rocks in the foreground, and I moved forward afterwards and retook the shots. However, I have changed my mind and I do like them now, as I feel they give a good sense of depth.
The next three are from a geothermal area in 2018, and I really like the contrast between the oranges and the blues, the beautiful early morning light, as well as Lulu’s poses of course. These images did take a bit of editing, as anybody who has been there will know they have various roped off areas, so I had to clone out some ropes and posts.
Many thanks to Lulu for all her hard work on our shoots, and for her patience as she does sometimes have to wait a bit to see some of the images. I can highly recommend making books, it gives you something to do if you are finding yourself with time on your hands, many of us will have improved our post-processing skills over the past twelve months, and I’m sure we’ve all got a cache of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.