All Neil: 21 September

Visiting speaker Neil Hulme, gave a master-class in black and white photography last Friday.

He emphasised simplicity, or in art-speak ‘minimalism’. Setting up a shoot he would often point towards on-coming clouds so that a long time exposure would produce exciting cloud movement.

From original landscape or seascape scenes he removed distractions, reducing the image to key inter-acting elements. The rigid line between water and sky was typically blurred to create a mysterious depth. Often a corner was carefully placed to anchor the image.

Then the final creative touches were added, by which stage a few glasses of red wine could be relied on to help the artistic judgment. The results were compelling and beautiful.

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