Broadstairs greets the rest of the world!
Perhaps I could introduce myself briefly. I am David H. Bebbington (ABIPP ARPS for what it’s worth), 56 years old, currently resident in Broadstairs, Kent. UK. I trained as an industrial photographer in the 1960s, although I started in photography in the early 1950s and had a complete darkroom by the time I was 7 or 8, including an enlarger made of an old plate camera and a biscuit tin. In the 60s and 70s, I worked for the British Ministry of Defense (process camera operator), Victoria and Albert Museum (record shots of artworks + press/PR work), and the Botany Department of Imperial College. London (scientific photography, including endless series of diseased plant leaves). On hearing that David Bailey was now making commercials, I felt “What chance have I got of making money with stills?” and decided to diversify. I spent 2 years as a technical writer for Ilford Limited before leaving the industry to work as a freelance translator/editor/technical journalist, which I still do.
On returning to photography around 10 years ago in order to concentrate on art images , I found initially that I had dropped back into “industrial photography" mode, I could still produce technically competent images but they had zero artistic impact. I therefore deliberately worked at deconstructing everything I had ever known or believed about photography with the aim of arriving at an contemporary approach, which I believe I have now achieved, although the journey is far from over. Hopefully, it never will be – one of the reasons I practise photography is to give myself surprises and come up with something new, even after 50 years.
I find there is a certain photographic establishment (well-known older photographers and amateur associations) which is sadly backward-looking and has a considerable resistance to change. One of the nicest things anyone has ever said about my images is that they felt I was working without any preconception of what a photograph should look like!
I have been fortunate to become a member of a small group of art photographers called “Salon 67” – we meet once a month and organize group shows quite often. I am represented by numerous galleries – as do many other people, I find sales are slow and few in number!
In a nutshell, what I an trying to do is work in the spirit of Edward Weston, Brett Weston and Minor White but for the 21st century. William Eggleston has also not been without influence on me.
I discovered APUG only a short time ago – although I do not have as keen an interest in photochemistry and sensitometry as some members ( so what? Long live diversity!), I would say without reservation that it is the most interesting photography forum that I know by a considerable margin.
Welcome to the forum, David!
Hello David, welcome to the club.
Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.
Hello David. Hope you continue to enjoy the forum. Do you have a web gallery for Salon 67 ?
Cogito, ergo sum.
Greetings and welcome to the fold David, interesting background.
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I have already seen the work you posted in the Galleries here. It doesn't appear to be lacking in anything. You have a reportage style I dream of achieving (Photo Booth) and a great eye for landscape (beach hut) and abstract (Guitar).
As an aside I have a collection of documentary photographs made by my grandfather as he and my uncle built Britain's motorways in the late fifties and early sixties when they worked for Amasco and later Tarmac. Although only 'industrial' photographs, I often look at them as reportage of the time. To me every photograph has it's purpose! ( I realise by industrial you meant the industry of photography but the comment reminded me of them)
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Thank you for your kind comment, Andy. Whatever I have acheived is due to the process of deconstruction I described. In industrial photography, you are required to produce emotionally neutral, information-rich, technically "correct" images as quickly as possible. It took me a while to re-educate myself to understand that art photography is a matter of producing images which are not good but stunning, no matter how much time or effort this takes (my garbage can bears witness to this!). By the standards of industrial photography, workers who "fail" to produce results on time are incompetent (and will certainly not make money as freelances), but artists simply have to keep going until they get it right!
I tried the link you posted but the images under your link do not work, as doesn't the link to your site. Could be my machine!
I love the photos you've posted.
Deconstruction, eh.... I've never had any formal education in photography, so I guess I'm in my "haphazard construction" phase! haha
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