The Photographer’s Diary : July 2013


I’ve actually already written the start to this edition of The Photographer’s Diary, but haven’t quite decided if the introduction I had penned was going in the direction I was planning. It was a late night start which sounded rather good at the time, but since re-reading it, I’m not sure the subject matter is one that fits the bill.

Not being the sort of person to throw away a whole three paragraphs of late night ramblings, I shall share a few thoughts of exactly what was going through my head at the time so as not to waste what could be, a piece of extremely interesting reading.

Imagine, if you will, the televisual effect of going back in time. Harps, squiggly lines and a slightly off colour picture – are you getting what I’m trying to visualise? I can’t quite explain it but yes, we’ve now gone back in time. Back in time to 19th July…

I’m sat here pondering exactly what I want to talk about with a hauntingly good tune playing out through my headphones. It’s not a well known song (well, not that I’m aware anyway), it’s not even a song I’d heard before today, but the artist is one whose music I’ve listened to regularly for a good number of years. Chicane, along with my all time favourite artist Atb, both have a way of creating such moving, harmonic pieces of music you can drift away to, as well as making us want to get up and dance to their more upbeat tracks.

It’s times like this that I find myself wondering what the soundtrack to my life would be. I don’t mean that in a morbid way – what I’m basically getting at is if I were to cram my life into a music video, what song would accompany it. ‘Three’ by Chicane, I think, is a potential candidate. Listening to it I’m already imagining sweeping camera shots on a beach, waves crashing and walking along the shore. I’m not quite sure what else would make up the shot – 3 minutes of beachyness could get a bit monotonous. Or maybe that’s just it – my life’s a beach. What’s the more likely scenario is that I have some sort of deep burning desire to create a music video on the beach.

Well, aren’t you glad I took you on that little journey to the past to include those riveting paragraphs. Now that we’re back in the present, I suppose you’d like to know what’s been going on in my life since last we met? That’s good, I’m glad to hear that – I’d be a bit stuck if you had said no.

The weeks are flying by and I’ve been at my new (not so new now) job for almost 3 1/2 months – how scary is that! I’m getting to grips with how everything works and have been able to enjoy my lunch outside in the lush surroundings of the university, getting a nice little tan whilst doing so.

The past couple of months has been littered with sporting events which is what will be featuring in the picture section of this edition of the diary. Birmingham Alexander Stadium played host to the Birmingham Grand Prix at the end of June, and the Birmingham Championships in July. I went to both, the little athletics fan that I am. The atmosphere was amazing, especially when some of the Olympic stars took the track. Mo Farah won once again.

At the Championships we forked out a little extra cash to get seats in the block right by the finish line, which was the perfect opportunity to get some close-up images.

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Aside from the athletics, I’ve not had much chance to get out and about to take many photos – the world of work has kind of taken over at the moment. I did however get asked to help out at a charity event taking pictures of people in a helicopter. It’s was a great opportunity to photograph people as I usually concentrate on landscapes and abstract. I very pleased with the results and of course had the chance to take a few snaps of the helicopter.

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Well I think that brings you pretty much up to date. There’s not a lot of exciting stuff going on at the moment. I was thinking that if I was trying to do my 365 Project this year I don’t think it would have happened. There’s no way I could have come home from work every night and written a post!

This time last year you would have already been treated to my mega post from my holiday. Luckily (or unluckily – whichever way you want to look at it) I haven’t been yet this year – I go next week so you’ll have a holiday mega post to look forward to sometime over the coming months. This year we’re venturing to Newquay and it’s going to be really nice to have a bit of a break from work – it’s been a busy couple of months!

If you’re an Instagram fan, follow me  @benlowephoto (instagram.com/benlowephoto) if you want to see what I call, my ‘unofficial’ photos.

Have a good summer everyone, and unless I get the urge to post a special holiday blog, then I’ll see you in September for all the antics from my week in Cornwall.

Over and out.


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