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Manchester City Co Photography Exhibition

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

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Last Thursday I was lucky enough to have been able to attend opening of the first Manchester City Co photography exhibition in the Triangle, Manchester.

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This is a free exhibition running from the 9th to the 29th July and is the result of a day of amateur photographers taking to the streets of Manchester earlier this year armed with their Nikons and ideas. The Exhibition features 28 images chosen from 300 that were submitted by 100 photographers. Each has shown Manchester in their own unique way, from the city’s architecture to its people.

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Undefeated by Paul Sherriff

The night was made even more special by seeing my dad, Paul Sherriff’s work up at the exhibition. His photograph, Undefeated, was a definite stand out piece on the night and has even been featured in local newspapers Manchester Evening News and Wigan Observer.

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My other favourite images of the evening where from photographers Tony Milner and Dan Sleater who I felt captured the quirkiness of the City.

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The exhibition is open between 10am and 6pm 7 days at week on the basement level of the Triangle. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area! If you would like to take part in the next photography day with the chance to have your own work featured in the next exhibition, see here for more information.

be inspired: daily photo

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Here is a little something I came across on a walk around Manchester last week. Something about old bicycles really inspires me, I think it’s the mix of childhood memories and that it’s environmentally friendly! I hope you like the photo. I altered the colours using Adobe Photoshop to create the 70’s feel.

This is so easy to do; I simply duplicate the image so that there are two layers with the same image, change the underneath layer to black and white and alter the brightness and contrast to get a really stark image. The second layer I adjust to about 30% transparancy, play about with the colour levels and add a warm photo filter.

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carry on camping…!

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

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I love finding real gems whilst browsing the internet and today I came across a great one … check out this gorgeous retro caravan available to hire from SnailTrail! I think it would make a great feature at a crafty wedding or summer party. It is also available for photoshoots – very tempting! The interior is so gorgeous, I think I’m in love! You can find many more photos here, or visit the company’s site here.

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weekend walk – 11.04.10

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

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say hello to: jessica sherriff

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

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Jessica Sherriff is an 18 year old  photography student  from Wigan, Manchester England and also my talented sister! Please read an interview with her below to find out more of her story.

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How did you get to the stage you are at now?

I’m currently studying a national diploma at Wigan and Leigh college in photography. I started my photography interest just by taking snap shots of me and my friends, when we went out and about. I took my little compact camera to school (i went against the rules!) everyday snapping the funny moments. Id say it was about 4 year ago when i realised that i wanted to become a photographer. When applying for college i was a bit unsure what course to apply for as a part of me wanted to do fashion, but as i walked into the photography studio for my interview i instantly felt at home.

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Biggest Achievement so far?

I’d say my biggest achievement so far is getting a place at Blackpool University. Ive always taken my education serious and appreciated it, yes this does make me sound like a geek! I’m always willing to work and start new projects and take on new challenges. Attending university is a new exciting challenge that I cant wait for.

Outside of my studies, my biggest achievement is winning the ‘peoples choice’ award at the Wigan Photographic Exhibition. It felt great winning this as it is voted for by the public.

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Jessica also does band promotional photography

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People Choice - winning image

Favourite camera / equipment?

Ive recently discovery the world of Lomography! (Google it, if you don’t know what it is…) Since then I have got a Cosmic Symbol Lomo and a Lubitel 2! They were both bargains that should of cost hundreds. I like buying cheap expired film and taking pictures of anything different and weird!

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Advice for somebody thinking of taking up photography?

Just to be yourself and never let anyone else’s opinions bother you! As long as you can say why you took the image and why YOU like it, then that’s all that matters!  It is great to get a film camera first, as you will learn a lot about settings and techniques. It is also so exciting waiting for the film to be developed! Try and find a local photography club, you will be able to get advice from people with more experience and feedback on your work.

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the effect with the lomo camera

Aspirations?

To achieve a successful degree and then continue to develop my own style within the field.

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Best resource?

http://www.flickr.com/ - there are so many amazing images from all round the world from so many different types of people!

Shutter Nutters is an online photographers community where you can get advice, show your work and get to know people who also share your love of photographs!

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Jessica working on a hair styling shoot

Favourite photographer?

Duane Michals, hes my favourite photographer as his images are so simple and gentle while looking bold and strong! He photographs the most extraordinary subjects!

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taking inspiration from her favourite photographer

Process of idea to developed photo?

 I hate to plan my subject; spontaneity is best! Such as a great expression which is accidentally captured. Although, I need to be inspired before hand with a new technique for example. I love creating sketchbooks and journals of my ideas and research into other photographers.

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take a closer look into Jessica's sketchbooks

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I never alter the images too much; I like them to be ‘real’. At a push I will brighten and alter the contrast. This is probably why I like to use film – it gives a more authentic result.

Where can someone find out more about you?
I hopefully will be creating my own photography website in the summer (fingers crossed) but here is my flickr photostream!

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ALL IMAGES BY JESSICA SHERRIFF

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Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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