First published in New Forest Country Magazine Autumn 02
Tucked away in a quiet corner of the forest is an ancient house hidden behind a secret walled garden. It is here Martin Hayward-Harris lives, in a stone building which was originally built as a safe house for Henry, the King of England from 1100AD, the fourth son of William the Conqueror.
It is certainly an aged building, an antique… when Martin bought it three years ago, it’s only mod-cons were the cold water taps in the kitchen and an old tin bath in the corner of what is now his sitting room.
Martin pushed a steaming mug of coffee across the worktop…
‘Before I show you my work I must warn you,’ he said smiling through his steamed-up glasses… ‘that I’ve been accused more than once, of an acute, almost obsessive sense of the natural world. I think I should have been more a part of it than born into this man-body. I would have preferred to have been born a wild cat perhaps.’
‘Was it not Mark Twain who said, If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way?’ I asked.
Whilst we sipped our coffee, Martin filled me in on his rise to becoming the sought after sculptor he has grown to be.
‘My parents would send me to an uncle's farm during the school holidays. When I was there I could draw and mingle with all sorts of animals. I loved being in the countryside, so close to nature and even then I began to recognise that my art and the natural world were intrinsically linked, the most important things to me, it’s what rocked my boat!’
It was whilst at college he could fully indulge his passion for art, free to perfect each of his chosen art-forms, printmaking, photography and illustration.
‘To be honest,’ he said, ‘every project always ended with something representing a more three-dimensional form. That course gave me a great deal of confidence right from the beginning of my studies.’
After college, Martin worked at Shepperton film studios.
‘I was there for a year and a half, it was fantastic. I made some amazing sculptures in all sorts of materials for a number of films and TV programmes.’
Martin then saw an ad for a model maker and taxidermist at the Natural History Museum in London.
‘That was the best grounding I could have had, because it gave me the chance for hands-on experience with large animals. I was responsible for measuring them and producing anatomical drawings. I would also prepare them for preservation. Working for what was then the best museum of natural history in the world changed my life.’
Then a new chapter emerged, an extended holiday.
‘I decided to pack my easel and travel around Sweden. The countryside was incredible, completely unspoiled, it seemed to retain a purity I’d not experienced before. Sometimes I felt I was the first person to set foot in some of the places I visited. I painted what I think was my best work at that time… just me and life, natural life. I was simply reinterpreting what was right in front of me.’
A number of successful one-man exhibitions followed, but over time, there came a gradual transition from painting to drawing and then translating those illustrations into a three-dimensional form – sculpture.
The way in which he creates his bronze life-sized animal sculptures would not be possible without his instinctive love of nature, his unique knowledge of the physiology of animals. As you cast your hand over the expressive, lifelike surfaces… simply because you feel compelled to do it, you feel they are the sculptural equivalent of the impressionists.
From the mid-1990’s Martin’s sculptures were acquired by the auction house Christies, Hayward-Harris was then shown to a greater audience of collectors.
‘I feel it important that some of my work goes to people who are connoisseurs of this art form. It shows they respect what I’m doing and that in effect proves to me that I’m doing the right thing, a good marker as it were.’
The simplicity of form and the sensitivity to the material he uses gives each piece a stillness, an ageless form, yet running parallel to this unmistakably classic facade, there is something remarkably contemporary too.
You can see Martin Hayward-Harris’ work locally at The Wykeham Gallery in Stockbridge and at Fisherton Mill in Salisbury. You may also contact him directly. Tel: +44 (0)1491 652006 or Email: email@example.com and his website www.hayward-harris.co.uk
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If you are using your camera set on an automatic mode, (this might even be one of the semi-automatic aperture or shutter priority modes, which I will be talking about later)… and you try to photograph something with a lot of dark, shadow areas, no matter how sophisticated your camera, your photo will probably record too light. That is slightly over-exposed.
Cameras are designed to expose with enough brightness to see as much detail as possible and of course it can kill any atmosphere. Shadows are a good example, and the exposure compensation button will let you quickly and easily change your exposure so you keep the shadows and consequently all of the atmosphere.
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The ISO setting on your camera controls how sensitive it is to the surrounding light, and together with the aperture value and shutter speed it determines the exposure of your images. That is how light or dark they are or how much atmosphere they show.
Most cameras have an ISO range of at least 100-6400; the higher the number, the more sensitive to light the camera becomes.
Increasing the ISO to a higher number setting enables you to use a faster shutter speed at a given aperture, and there are lots of situations where this is useful.
If you are shooting in low light, increasing the shutter speed will help to minimise camera shake, and you’ll also need a fast shutter speed to capture for example fast-moving subjects like sports or wildlife. But this may result in your pictures coming out too dark.
Increasing the ISO to these higher numbers allows you to use faster shutter speeds and/or to use a smaller aperture settings (at a given shutter speed), which you’ll need to do if you’re shooting landscapes and want a deep depth of field (focus) to keep everything sharp.
There is a trade-off for increasing your ISO setting however, and that’s a reduction in image quality. Using a high ISO will introduce image noise, which can make your shots look grainy.
That said, newer cameras do a pretty good job of controlling noise at these higher ISO settings.
Portrait photography is challenging for a variety of reasons. Getting your portrait right in-camera is only half the battle. Knowing how to edit your portraits can be difficult when it comes to cropping a photo. Cropping into your subject can end up ruining a perfectly good shot.
In the latest of our photography cheat sheet series of free infographics, we’ve put together this easy guide for understanding some of the best places to crop a subject in a portrait, and some of the places where you should not.
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Esther Teichmann wins Photo Levallois prizeGerman–American artist Esther Teichmann is awarded the Photo Levallois Award 2014Gemma Padley — 4 June 2014
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Untitled from Fractal Scars, Salt Water and Tears by Esther Teichmann
Esther Teichmann has won this year’s Photo Levallois Award for her series, Fractal Scars, Salt Water and Tears, 2012-2014.
Teichmann wins a €10,000 grant and an exhibition of her work during Photo Levallois festival in France this autumn.
The jury gave special mentions to German photographer Stephanie Gudra, and Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques, from France, whose work will also be exhibited during the festival.
On the judging panel this year was Lucy Conticello, director of photography at Le Monde’s M magazine; Joshua Chang, chief curator at the Center of Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona; Aron Mörel of Mörel Books, Stéphane Decreps, deputy mayor of culture at the city of Levallois; and Joel Riff of the Curiosity Chronicles in Paris.
Photo Levallois festival was founded in 2008 with the aim of seeking out and showcasing contemporary photography by emerging photographers. The seventh edition runs from 10 October to 15 November.
The programme for this year’s festival is yet to be announced, but exhibitions last year included The Fourth Wall by 2013 Photo Levallois Award winner, Max Pinckers.
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There are 63 houses still standing in La Ciénega, a small town in Ecuador. Only 10 are inhabited. Santiago Arcos, 22, wanted to document this small town that was known for having no children residents.
Mr. Arcos said why he wanted to pursue this project: The residents "know when they die, this universe is over. Maybe that’s why I feel they are fighting to stay on, to not die, because it will end.”
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Photography by Santiago Arcos
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Chris Hondros' voice became the inspiration, subtext and force behind “Testament,” a monograph of his work that will be published on April 8. The book features photographs and writings of Chris, who was killed while covering the war in Libya in 2011.
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March 25, 2014, 5:00 am Cool
The thing about “cool” is that it shows itself equally in moments of distress or pleasure, driving people indifferently to greatness or stupidity. It comes from gritty streets and prices out the people who live there; it pulls couples together or cleaves them apart. And even as its meaning dissipates from overuse, you still can’t talk about Miles Davis without mentioning it.
Cool is, in short, a story about America, full of contradictions and unresolved riddles, a mask that often reveals more than the face beneath it.
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British photographer Dennis Morris was a high school student in London when he first met Bob Marley. "I was into Jamaican music, and I read that he was coming over to tour England," Morris recalls. "So I bunked off school, went to the Speak Easy Club, where he was playing that day, and waited and waited. Eventually he arrived, and I said, 'Can I take your picture?' He said, 'Yeah, man, come in.'" Morris ended up joining Marley and the Wailers on their 1974 tour of northern England, kicking off a close professional relationship that lasted to the end of the reggae superstar's life seven years later. "I call this one 'Burnin''," Morris says of the trio of images at left. "That was from that early tour – we were sitting together, and he said, 'Let me show you how to smoke a spliff, Dennis." He laughs. "That was my initiation." On March 29th, a new exhibit called "Bob Marley: GIANT" will open at Los Angeles'Known Gallery, showcasing some of Morris' greatest photos of Marley. Read on for more rare and unseen images from the show, plus Morris' memories of the stories behind the photos. And make sure to pick up Rolling Stone's new special collector's edition on Bob Marley for much more on the greatest reggae artist of all time. By Simon Vozick
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