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    John Blakemore audio interview.

    If there are any fans of John Blakemore`s photographs, they may be interested in listening to a 12 minute interview of him.
    http://www.lensculture.com/blakemore.html#

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Tapscott.
    If there are any fans of John Blakemore`s photographs, they may be interested in listening to a 12 minute interview of him.
    http://www.lensculture.com/blakemore.html#
    Thanks, Keith. During the '80s I thought of him as the greatest living landscape photographer. He picked me up from the London/Derby train in his 2CV, and I bought a bunch of his magnificant prints. He was just divorced and very depressed at the time, and shooting those dreadful dead tulips. I haven't seen any new work since then, though, and I just bought his B&W Workshop manual, which is about the worst written photography book that I've ever tried to read and should have sent back to Amazon, (but didn't, out of respect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
    Thanks, Keith. During the '80s I thought of him as the greatest living landscape photographer. He picked me up from the London/Derby train in his 2CV, and I bought a bunch of his magnificant prints. He was just divorced and very depressed at the time, and shooting those dreadful dead tulips. I haven't seen any new work since then, though, and I just bought his B&W Workshop manual, which is about the worst written photography book that I've ever tried to read and should have sent back to Amazon, (but didn't, out of respect).
    I did a workshop with John at Duckspool back in 2000, at the time I was going through a Zone system phase and dabbling with some of the more exotic potions like PMK & Di-xactol (We`re all entitled to our moments of debauchery). These days I just stick to regular off the shelf stuff and traditional methods. It was the quality of the images from John`s 4x5 that made me decide to try it for myself. I liked his landscape prints far more than the Tulip series prints, but I suppose that`s just my own personal preference.
    I bought two books with the W.H.Smith book shop vouchers that I got last Christmas and bought one by Lee Frost and the other was John`s B&W workshop book. I prefer the one by Lee.
    Cheers.

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    Glad it isn't only me then. I had great hopes, but have really struggled and just finished his book and am wondering if anything sank in, or indeed if I wanted this permeation to take place. There are a couple of impressive shots IMO, but the bulk of the text related to images which failed to retain my attention.

    Am wondering if after a glass or two of something strong, I could manage 12 minutes more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mitchell
    I haven't seen any new work since then, though, and I just bought his B&W Workshop manual, which is about the worst written photography book that I've ever tried to read and should have sent back to Amazon, (but didn't, out of respect).
    Same here. I shelved it repeated attempts to find merit in it. Are all of his images that soft? The images chosen for the book were really not my style at all, although I suppose some people like soft images...

    - Randy



 

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