Testing with two twins

Recently I had the opportunity to fulfill a little photographic dream of mine: taking pictures of identical twins.

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New Project: Assistants – The People Behind The People Behind The Camera

 

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My work featured on UNLIMITED GRAIN – PORTRAITS book

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Humankind exhibition in New York

I’m still pretty shocked, but apparently I have got selected to take part of the Humankind exhibition that will take place in New York between 17th Decembre and 20th January at The powerHouse Arena.

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Helios VIII at the Biscuit Factory

A first edit of my final major project has been selected to be exhibited at the Biscuit Factory in Newcastle for Helios VIII, a showcase of the very best talent in new and emerging photographic artists from the North of England.

I’m going only for to the preview on Thursday 14th October 6pm – 8pm, but the exhibition will be up until the 14th of November so there’s plenty of time to visit it if you happen to be in the North East 🙂

The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle

(open Sunday and Monday 11-5pm; Tuesday – Saturday 10 – 6pm)

Personae

“Personae” offers a rare visual insight into the world of street performers.

A persona, in the word’s everyday usage, is a social role or character played by an actor.

Jung called man’s mask the persona – the name for the mask worn by the actor in the ancient Greek theatre – and visualised it as the manner or system which we have created for ourselves to help us adjust to the world. The danger to which Jung points lies in the total identification with one’s persona, which may finally come to be what the actual person is not, but what he and other people believe him to be.

This series is an attempt to focus on the shift between person and persona in the lives of three people who perform as living statues in Italy and it’s part of a bigger ongoing documentary project about street performers.


Testing my new lens at the British museum

close up test at 1.4, the focus is just right and creates a lovely soft effect on the edges of the skull

I haven’t posted/photographed much lately because I’ve been crazy busy working, but I have to mention this new lens that stole my heart.

My uncles kindly gave it to me as a present for my graduation and I love it!
It’s a 50 mm f1.4 Nikon lens that I first tested at the British Museum with my Nikon D90 while visiting with a friend (who soon started wandering around on her own because I stopped for like half an hour to take pictures of the mummies, sorry Lenka!)

I adore the shallow depth of field that you can achieve with the widest aperture.

Unfortunately sometimes it’s hard to focus and it’s easy to end up focusing on the wrong area without realising it until the picture is blown up on the computer screen.

When shooting close ups I wouldn’t suggest to use the widest aperture. It would be better to shoot with a minimum aperture of 1.8 (or better, 2) to avoid disappointment later on. Anyway if you’re shooting still life you can always shoot a bit more to have some back up pictures in case the focus is off in the first one.

"crying" mummy, here the shallow depth of field brings the eyes to the "tear" detail

The lens is effectively  a 75 mm and, while isn’t as wide as you may expect from a 50 mm, it’s brilliant for portraits.

Lenka