The Richard Flint photography blog was started in February 2007 as a website for new images, website and podcast links, reviews and articles covering a broad range of photographers and photography.
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A second photo blog called Darker Skies was launched in August 2009 and is a more personal, informal blog. It’s a photography scrapbook, a mobile blog for when I’m out and about, home for the podcast links page and a place for occasional musings, ramblings and observations on photography/world. The Darker Skies site can be found at https://darkerskies.wordpress.com
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This page displays four of the most recent posts from both of the blogs mentioned above.
The Richard Flint Photography Blog
Launched in February 2007, the Richard Flint Photography blog has a large archive of posts covering classic and contemporary photography, influential photographer profiles, links, reviews and more.
Performance by Cecil Beaton
|William Henry Fox Talbot, The Open Door, 1843|
Back in July, the BBC Radio 4 show 'In Our Time' recorded a 45 minute programme where the topic of the invention of photography was discussed by an expert panel. The lives and work of Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot are talked about in some depth along with the effect that early photography had on society. The various early photography processes, many of which used toxic ingredients that caused ill health for the pioneer photographers, are also discussed in some detail.
The podcast description on the website states:-
'Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of photography in the 1830s, when techniques for 'drawing with light' evolved to the stage where, in 1839, both Louis Daguerre and William Henry Fox Talbot made claims for its invention. These followed the development of the camera obscura, and experiments by such as Thomas Wedgwood and Nicéphore Niépce, and led to rapid changes in the 1840s as more people captured images with the daguerreotype and calotype. These new techniques changed the aesthetics of the age and, before long, inspired claims that painting was now dead.'
It wasn't surprising to find out that early photography was a pursuit of wealthy gentlemen. Photography in the 19th century was an extremely expensive and time consuming business. Even having your photograph taken by the early 'pro photographers' was an expensive luxury few could afford - 300 guineas was charged for a portrait (One Guinea is £ 1.05p) taking it well beyond the reach of the average person.
The podcast is available to stream via the BBC site and there is also a MP3 download which means that anyone outside of the UK should be able to access the programme.
The Invention of Photography pocast can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j699g
I re-tweeted this video a few days ago on Twitter but it is such a sad, touching and emotive film by Channel 4 news (UK) that i will add it here too.This is the last letter of a Syrian photographer and activist who chose to stay in Aleppo. #aleppo #aleppoceasefire pic.twitter.com/F25HcGOatz— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) September 9, 2016
Shamel Al-Ahmad, a Syrian photographer and activist who was killed along with his wife, documented the atrocities in his city of Aleppo.
The experiences and feelings reflected in the letter not only speak for Shamel but also portray what many Syrians have been enduring over the years of war within Syria.
The Darker Skies Photography Blog
A photography scrapbook, mobile photo blog... with occasional musings on photography.
I’m currently going through my Scotland images and came across this one taken in 2013. It certainly lives up to the Darker Skies name!
The tree has appeared in a number of my photographs including the one below that has been used as my twitter header image, on and off, since 2012. I have to say that i’m rather fond of that little tree.
Both photographs were taken at a location near Dornie, Highlands of Scotland.
A colour version of this image, taken in Cowgate in the atmospheric old town area of Edinburgh, was posted on Instagram a couple of days ago, but i rather like the black and white version too.
One thing i didn’t notice at the time was the CCTV camera mounted on the pole! Looks like I myself was on camera later when i walked through on my way to the Grass Market.
My online presence is going through a bit of a rethink at the moment and one element of this includes the Darker Skies domain name that has been running on this website for a number of years.
To be honest, I’ve never really taken to the darker-skies.com domain name so I’ve decided to get rid of it after a a lot of thinking. I think a new Darker Skies related domain name is needed – something that fits the blog better. Time to put my thinking cap on!
Next year i will be developing this site further and to do a thorough job the domain needs to go. The blog, however will remain and can be accessed through its regular WordPress address of www.darkerskies.wordpress.com
Sterling Castle is one of the most impressive landmarks in Scotland and one that i’d passed for quite a few years without stopping for a closer look. Fortunately i managed to get that closer look last weekend and both the castle and the views were fantastic.
Sterling sits in the central Scotland and has played a key role in shaping the country over the years. It’s strategic position, combined with the near impregnability of the castle, has caused invading armies many problems over the years. Often they would bypass it rather than try and take it.
The visibility was fantastic on the Sunday i visited. The cold November air was beautifully clear enabling visitors to see the mountains, located 30 or 40 miles away near Tyndrum, at the edge of Stirlingshire. A sprinkle of snow could be seen on the peaks.
One thing that did surprise me during my castle visit was the number of tourists, though i suppose that the tourism season never really stops now. I’ve always loved the reactions and behaviour of those on holiday. We all do it, but in the social media age we seem to need to prove, more than ever, that we have visited a location. The selfie stick must be the ultimate symbol of that desire. The postcard, at one time a critical part of communicating holiday news, has been dying over the years due to social media, to the point that Salmon postcards, who have been publishing postcards and calendars since 1880, are to close after over 100 years of trading.
Coach tours are my favourite tourism activity to watch though. The large scale and yet fleeting visits they make are popular, seem to only give a tantalising taste of the location. People seem to love the convenience though, even though there doesn’t appear to be the time to stand and soak in the place. Two coach tours pulled up below the castle and i took the image below. While the castle appears to be the main focus of attention, the field also contained Highland cattle that also got their photo taken. Highland cows do love having their picture though Note the photographers who have climbed over a gate to get a clearer view.
The image of the Wallace Monument has to be my favourite from the visit. The tower stands on the Abbey Craig from which William Wallace was said to have watched the gathering of the army of King Edward I of England, just before the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. The tower also has a great view looking back at Sterling Castle, so the next visit will probably include a climb up the Wallace Monument to see the view.
The Autumnal colours are an added bonus along with the clear visibility. The light in the summer can be wonderful but it can also bring some atmospheric conditions that can hamper the photographer . The colder air, combined with the late autumn light, really helped capture the magnificent views from the castle walls.