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Aiyush Pachnanda - EyeEm photographer of the year 2018

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Aiyush Pachnanda - EyeEm photographer of the year 2018

Photographer Aiyush Pachnanda has won EyeEm photographer of the year 2018 - a worldwide competition open to all.

Hailing from London and currently in his final year studying Photojournalism at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, Aiyush (or Yushy to his friends) sat down at our October #ffotonsocial to tell us about the award and his current photography projects.

You can view a range of Aiyush's work on his website www.yosnaps.click
Follow his University project exploits on Twitter @PJAiyush_USW
And his feed on Instagram @_yushy

Images © Aiyush Pachnanda and used on Ffoton with permission






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Dan Wood & Paul Cabuts: In Conversation

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Dan Wood & Paul Cabuts: In Conversation

Photographers Dan Wood and Paul Cabuts sat down for a conversation on Dan’s work, contemporary photography in the Valleys and Dan’s new book ‘Gap in the Hedge’

Saturday 15th September 2018

Hosted by The Workers Gallery situated in Porth in the Rhondda Valley, this talk seemed a natural extension to Paul Cabuts ‘Valleys Project’ talk at Ffotogallery 31 May 2018 as it promised to explore the ongoing lure of the south Wales valleys in contemporary Welsh photography by one of its own - Dan Wood.

Spookily describing themselves as, “Purposefully NOT publicly funded. The WORKERS is committed to being fully independent & creatively resourceful”, Ffoton couldn’t resist the invitation to visit the Gallery, listen to and record this fascinating talk. Enjoy.

Paul Cabuts introducing the talk in Porth

Paul Cabuts and Dan Wood in conversation - with a selection of work from ‘Gap in the Hedge’ on the walls around them.

Dan’s latest book ‘Gap in the Hedge’ is available to purchase from Another Place Press
See more of Dan’s work and projects on his website www.danwoodphoto.com
Follow Dan on Twitter @danwoodphoto and Instagram @danwoodphoto

View more of Paul's work and read his essays on photography on his website www.paulcabuts.com
Follow Paul on Twitter @PaulCabuts

Images © Brian Carroll

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'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

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'Gap in the hedge' : Dan Wood

Derek the Horseman from 'Gap in the Hedge'. © Dan Wood

Photographer Dan Wood describes the background, process and challenges behind the 2 year project 'Gap in the Hedge' which is about to be launched as his first hardback book.

Ffoton sat down with Dan to hear more about this large body of work and why the ’Bwlch-y-Clawdd’ (Gap in the Hedge) mountain pass connecting the Rhondda Valley to his birth town of Bridgend was something he needed to get out of his system.

 
 

Gap in the Hedge by Dan Wood

132 pp / 250 x 200mm
Hardback, natural cloth cover
Litho, 4-colour process
200gsm Satin paper
Edition of 500

Visit his website www.danwoodphoto.com
Follow Dan on Twitter @danwoodphoto and Instagram @danwoodphoto

 

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Mobile Cameras - a little experiment

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Mobile Cameras - a little experiment

We'll keep this brief - we'd like to pull together a variety of sample images from modern smartphones for a little experiment on print quality.

Ideally, we'd like you to send us one or two photographs that impressed you on your current mobile phone (or a previous handset you enjoyed using). The images should be well exposed, colour (although we'd also welcome some mono) and ideally RAW/DNG from the phone, or high quality JPegs.
Here's a useful article on shooting RAW on mobile and suggested Apps that support it.

The subject matter of the photographs can be anything you like but we'd like to explore quality of textures, detail and/or graduation of colour and shades if more abstract.

For test purposes, the mobile phone should be a model circa Apple iPhone 4 onwards - up to and including current handsets e.g. iPhone X, Samsung S9 etc. 

Since the focus of this little experiment is quality when printed (we aim to do this at a couple of sizes), by submitting your images you will be granting Ffoton permission to print them for the purposes of this test and a subsequent talk we will be arranging. That means we'll do a couple of test prints from selected submissions, showing them here on our website and at the event talk. Photographers whose images are selected will be notified and credited.

That's it! 

If you'd like to submit an image or two (be picky), just upload them to www.mailbigfile.com with a note of the following:

  • your name
  • phone model (and any App) used
  • if you have used the Jpeg or native RAW file (if available)

 and email them to ffotonwales@gmail.com

BIG THANKS IN ADVANCE!
And if you'd like to leave a comment or question below - feel free and we'll share the clean/sensible ones! :)


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Creating Sanctuary

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Creating Sanctuary

Collaborating with the Welsh Refugee Council - Cardiff-based Social Documentary photographer Nigel Pugh formulated his ‘Creating Sanctuary’ project to enable six volunteers from across Wales to share their story and experience of working with refugees in Wales.

Image © Nigel Pugh
Image © Nigel Pugh
Creating Sanctuary looked to identify fundamental human commonalities based around the loose theme of home, work and community, what they mean to us and bring to our lives. Beneath that lay the common thread of purpose, security, family, friends, creativity, camaraderie, healing, sharing loss and grief. In an ‘ideal’ society the ability to access these components is essential when required. The project aimed to illustrate and share those core human requirements, that are being created by those who have volunteered in Wales to assist refugees. Refugees whoever they are, regardless of where they are from, have had those basic human requirements wholly or partly removed. ‘Creating Sanctuary’ also sought to propagate the aspiration that Wales becomes the first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.
— Nigel Pugh

The resulting exhibition opened in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay on Wednesday 31 May 2017 and included the presentation of photographic portraits and quotes extracted from the volunteers text contributions in response to a set of questions. The exhibition coincided with 2017's volunteer week and refugee week.

Having contacted Ffoton early on to let us know the project had been awarded Arts Council of Wales funding, we asked Nigel if he'd be agreeable to recording his thoughts and approach prior to starting photography and again on completion of the work. The audio clips below offer some insight to his enthusiasm, thoughts and intended approach before commencing the work; followed by his reflection on the final process and results.

View more of Nigel's work on his website www.nigelpugh.co.uk
Follow him on Twitter @nspugh

Gallery images © Nigel Pugh. Used with permission of the photographer. Podcast images © Brian Carroll

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