Friday, 31 January 2014

Our images become evern more relevant as they show activity which one day will be clamped on harder


Everyday Life - Images by Stephen Ignacio

Last week in core-photos.com we featured a photo essay with the above images. Just a week later the Government has announced new measures to curb the same very activities that were featured. New laws will be introduced its seems, and our images suddenly become even more relevant.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

A Different focus - No Queues during protest


Spanish Protest at Border - No Queues in Gibraltar - Images by  Corephotographygibraltar.com

A protest as held at the Spanish side of the border with Gibraltar at 1800hrs on the 30th January. 2014. Several hundred people attended. At the same time and as if in sync the queues into and out of Spain disappeared altogether.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

The Shananigans From The Bench!


Guess what we have been doing?

Yes its Michelle Rugeroni and Andy Coumbes combining with Nick Cortes, from Jetstream. Core Photography has been acively assisting in bringing life to the “shananigans from the bench.” That famous bench Rouge has mentioned so much in her past radio shows and which will be coming to life as from Thursday again.

“On Request” is a new show starting on Radio Gibraltar on Thursday evening’s between 7 and 9pm. You choose the music and they will chat about why you want the songs played. Call in during the show on 20066200 or send in your requests now to: onrequest@radiogibraltar.gi They will be on air each Thursday evening, don’t miss the shananigans with Andy & Rouge, and Nick Cort├ęs colaborating each week with us at Core Photography bringing the famous bench to life!

Who ever said that radio didn’t have images?

Monday, 20 January 2014

Gibraltar - the centre of the world (not)


Let me destroy the myth quickly, Gibraltar. Is not the centre of the world. It's not even a speck in the world, it is just Gibraltar. A small place that once in a while makes the headlines, but which in reality has little influence in the overall scheme of things.

Now that is over and done with let's get down to why I start off like this.

For the past few weeks I have worked tirelessly to increase the ranking of my photography website in google. In case you don't know it's corephotographygibraltar.com, we also have core-photos.com. There another SEO tip done.

Today, oh and yesterday, I was happily pleased to see that the efforts are working. On two key search queries I targeted both have reached their objective, first page. On a third, second page. Now that would please any marketing professional, so why not be jumping with joy?

Simply put reality struck two weeks ago when I checked google trends. Add key words, with one of them being Gibraltar, and the stats are pretty grim.

A search for Gibraltar is like watching a flatline. Little excitement really. Any word produces a higher search result, in relation to trending search rankings.

This was not really a problem for me, except my marketing would require adjusting, with the local market more focused on, and the international market more work required to be done. This was always to be the case.

The unexpected was the fact that by looking at the trends you can assume Gibraltar is not a factor searched on even by visitors. Either that or the numbers visiting are pretty low.

Attracting business was also not going to be easy, purely because I'm based in Gibraltar. Oh my god no, but Gibraltar is so important it must be influential! Of course not. Google trends merely confirms the reality of everything. Our small, enclosed community tends to self indulge in it over praise, and soon begins to believe its own self praise as global praise.

Local businesses, with smaller budgets, smaller opportunities, more restricted product offerings, and less in touch with the international community as say a location such as Madrid, will fall foul to its own self indulgent praise if it works on the premise that being from Gibraltar will mean something.
This is where you ask, so what we all know that? Indeed one hopes that is true.  What made me think was the fact that for a third time running I had, with no real budget, a lot of thinking, work and stubbornness once again increased the ranking of a site I was running. This one person working with my partner consistently pushing our limits and trying get that extra small point that benefits us. 

So, I thought, if you get the likes of, lets name any company, say Microsoft, their ranking goes up and up thanks to the millions they spend, but also thanks to the thousands of workers they employ. 

Now, if Gibraltar, as a small community, instead of professing itself a Plc, actually acted as one, in unison, the word Gibraltar would not be a flatline tend but possible a steep curve pointing upwards.
A conserved effort to campaign for a business support network which advises companies on uniformity in online promotion seems like something out of the Marxism books, however, in marketing terms it would be a fundamental basic foundation towards inward investment, where the benefits of one company should be seen as a benefit to others. Any investment in any company in Gibraltar, because of the size of our community, would translate to benefits for one other or many others, and so on and so forth.

So what is my conclusion. Simply put, I have none, since this is not a conclusion, it's actually the start of a thought process. How can we get everyone to sing from the same hymn book, and understand the phenomenon known as the Internet and work on a flatline to become a steep curve upwards, with the phrase attracting new markets for everyone as an attractive proposition?
Any ideas?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Creative Fruitiness Images added to Stock Gallery

Repositioning the airline market - smaller steps equals quality service?

The recently announced flights to Marrakesh are a welcome fresh idea, seeking new destinations and catering for a new and emerging market, such as the African continent cannot be undermined. Yet, the pricing of flights due to the use of a national airline brings to question the market it is aimed for. Welcome as it is, the question is does Gibraltar wish to always risk offering to high a margin to a sector which cannot always afford it. Or should it look first at attracting visitors, before catering for its internal market.

Local consumers will cringe at the prices, especially when in everyone’s mind, whether we like it or not, the north African region is still considered a low cost sub market..

With a £75 million worth international airport, and a market which is not really attracting the type of tourism figures a city such as Gibraltar with an airport and cruise liner terminal expects, the question is, can Gibraltar really afford to continue trying to attract airlines and not reposition itself to new emerging markets?

A small tourist centre such as Gibraltar does not require the high numbers a centre such as the Costa del Sol requires to maintain itself well above water. It does not require to attract carriers, it can survive with private flights, smaller carriers, with higher –end visitors who spend more.

Like a former Chief Minister once stated, whilst promoting Gibraltar’s finance centre, Gibraltar does not require quantity, what is small for some centres, is huge for Gibraltar, therefore it can afford small, what we must offer is a quality service to have a quality clientele.

Concentrating on the smaller markets, it can concentrate more on its product and offerings, and present higher quality, and with it even better value for money than other markets which have too many things which cannot be controlled and can risk affecting their quality standards.

This is where I ask, is it necessary to try and seek large airlines to Gibraltar, and risk not getting them, and therefore not increase our market stake? Would it not be more prudent, and more beneficial to try and attract smaller targeted groups of people and offer selective targeted products to quality sectors, even if they are small sectors.

Let me provide you with an example. Imagine Gibraltar suddenly created a new tourist think tank, aiming at smaller sectors. And this small team travelled the world, promoting Gibraltar at small but quality functions or centres, say for example, city brokers at capital cities across Asia, Australia, even Africa. Or promoted Gibraltar’s product at specific conferences, or functions, or organisations with high capital spenders. Even if some of the conferences are not items which will make headlines even locally.

Attracting one small plane load of say 10 passengers from one such organisation, city or sector would have increased our standing. And in offering a specific package for a high end market, as we have already seen with so many functions and organisations who regularly now use Gibraltar, we might even have a frequent flow of customers.

A team which targets smaller markets and offers smaller planes, filling them up frequently with high-end visitors is probably more beneficial in the long run than attracting larger carriers whose profit margins plummet when the low cost tourist won’t visit or spend and eventually, as has been the case in the past, the carrier opts out.

Smaller numbers can be easily adjusted to and replaced. Smaller numbers can be easily catered for and benefitted from.

Attracting specific high end visitors also means that there is a double benefit in the possibility of attracting inward investment, and receiving greater benefits for the effort of targeting them as clients of Gibraltar.

Attracting 20, even ten high spending  entrepreneurs to Gibraltar, unless someone proves me wrong, is likely to provide more spending than 130 airline passengers on a cheap low fares flight. Creating a tourism product package which fits the profile of such visitors is likely to be less cumbersome than providing a global product that fits all.

Imagine, if Gibraltar repositioned its tourism promotions towards attracting more of the smaller and worried less of declining bigs. Every major city could be targeted, one flight a week, even one small jet flight a month or quarterly, from say 10 or 20 major cities. Not even necessarily scheduled, but offered combining an event, function, conference or just about anything, could transform further Gibraltar PLC’s offering.

Private jets with high end visitors do not question landing fees, they question the service they receive. The passengers also do not question costs, they question the facilities they are offered, the quality they are offered and would rather pay more for better quality, than less for a quality which does not satisfy them.

The maths seems to work logically, and maybe taking a leaf out of our own finance centre success, the tourism product could reconsider repositioning itself. Ignore quantity, offer quality. Smaller steps in quality circles, rather than big steps within markets which are saturated and controlled by players whom we cannot even dare think we can compete with, purely because Gibraltar does not offer low cost, it has always aimed high.

The benefits of increasing the market through smaller but greater quality in clientele would itself have its own benefits locally as the local product would have to reposition itself to offer greater in the service industry and entertainments. Culture would require repositioning itself and in doing so would also increase the market product, and increase and enhance the product on offer attracting further visitors. Like all, this would all take time, but with long term planning, and like the finance centre, repositioning Gibraltar’s tourism policies towards the small but quality markets is likely to offer a Rock solid base for the future. At least that is what I think if you consider the options logically and with commonsense.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Core Photography launched online digital brochure

Core Photography has today launched its new online digital brochure outlining most of its services and facilities. The team of photographers have outlined their services including exclusive high-end documentary styled wedding packages for the more adventurous couples wishing to document all the days moments and events. The guide which includes an outline of the services offered to the commercial media and print industry as well as advertisers is the first major publication launched by Core Photography which will include brochures and guides on its image galleries, photographic print services and other media related services which the team hope will benefit prospective clients. “We are not just two photographers, we are creatives whose main tool is the camera, but we also can offer our experience in many other ways. Images have a function and a reason for being. Yes we love taking photographs, but its not just about the photograph itself, most clients have a reason why they will be contracting our service, and if we can enhance on that service further and beyond just capturing the image they require then we are more than willing to offer the service to our clients,” said Stephen Ignacio Core Photography’s second photographer who will be joining the team officially in February on a full-time basis. Check out the guide at http://issuu.com/stephenignacio1/docs/core_photography_gibraltar

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Education systems' social exclusion policy


Tough words you might say. The successful and vibrant education system of Gibraltar is not a system which can easily be criticised, not when so many youngsters reach such heights, achieving educational success far and beyond what many would expect from such a small community.
However, it is those who are left behind which we have to look at, since the failure to achieve educational success, or any type of achievement by just one youngster is a failure of the system. Especially if there can be a way to safeguard, or ensure that some of those falling through the net do not do so.
So where am I coming from you might ask? And what makes me believe that there is any type of educational social exclusion which benefits those who have and undermines those who don't, and when I say have I mean the simple, have money.
Just a few days ago one of my youngest came home asking for a simple recorder. Indeed as a parent there was no question that he would get the recorder. It was the answer to the questions that made me wonder where the system has headed into. Not for the first time the reasons for such a request was to ensure that he progressed in his music, since he needed to practise. Something I could fully understand, nevertheless, the simple question rose in my mind, what if I as a parent could not afford a recorder? Like so many single mothers out there who cannot afford, or like so many families on the lower scales of earnings can't. What if they could not buy a recorder? The school was not providing one, like in the good old days, and so this child would lag behind. And whose fault would this be? Well the parents since they did not get him the recorder.
But it didn't end there, the same child, and the other, made together another similar requests just two days later; could they log onto the internet and do their homework? Hold on your homework? Yes, homework, on the internet.
Okay, another fine idea to improve a child's development in school. However, in this case we were talking of two children requiring two computers with enough bandwidth to work with, and to allow their parents to also continue with their own work, both working online, and on computers. So yes, we are talking about a household whose minimum requirement would be four computers, or two and two parents sacrificing time which translates to earnings to accommodate the education systems policy to demand things which parents are not supported in providing.
Once again, the question arises, what if the parents cannot provide this facilities? These are not simple things to afford. Computers? Internet? The cost per child is quite a burden for any family, let alone for a family whose means do not even provide enough to make ends meet at the end of the week.
And the list in requests from schools, many which you can easily translate to demands or see your children lose out, continues throughout the school year to the extent that you question what if? What if I couldn't? Does my child suffer or lag behind?
The education system works well, indeed, for those who can afford it. The failures of the system are nevertheless, not apparent or heard. Many youngsters go on to the employment market without a good level of education. Many do not reach past their 16th birthday in school. Many fall through the wayside and when you look at their level of education, in simple things such as mathematics and english you wonder what went wrong. The numbers increase yearly. This young men and women will later become our adults, the supposedly responsible generation who will be educating their own children, yet their level of education would have been drastically reduced by the lack of opportunities to progress further because of financial constraints on families which meant that they could not provide their own children, even if they wished, with the means to compete and develop at the same rate as other children whose parents could meet all the demands of schools.
The worrying aspect of this is the fact that there seems to be a trend in which there is no consideration or appreciation of such facts. That nobody actually seems to stop and think that this is what is happening, and that every policy, demand, request seems to adopt a policy in which all parents are classed at the same level, average wage earners of a middle class status level, which in Gibraltar is pretty well off.
The true facts of Gibraltar, the ones which many people tend to ignore and wish not to see, is that this is not the case in every home. Hundreds of families in Gibraltar belong to a lower class status due to economic woes. There exists hundreds of single mothers with children and no maintenance to support them that fall through the wayside, without society even pausing a blink of an eyelid. More and more children are falling through the social net and ending up under social care. Even more and more families are beginning to struggle to keep up with the trends and demands. It is not a political issue, but a simple trend created by social culture and the lack of opportunity to better financial status to keep up with the pace. The education system seems to ignore this factors at their own peril, or better said, at the peril of the children they are educating as they will be the loser.
Children will fall to the wayside, children will fail in their education and children will ultimately end up failing in reaching their true capabilities, purely because they, or their parents cannot keep up with their peers. If just one child fails because of this mere factor, a public system which is aimed at teaching all children equally and providing them all with equal opportunities to learn and develop will also have failed. Whether there are 400 students reaching universities every year, or whether 96% of those who take exams pass with high grades, it is those who have been left behind and have not reached the stages in which they could at least try and achieve some type of educational grade  whom we should be looking at, and finding out where we failed.

If in only one case alone it is found that it is the failure of the education system to provide adequate tools for the child to develop at the same rate as others without being left behind, then the system requires modifying and reassessing. Then the mentality of the educators towards those they are responsible for should also be reassessed. Success in education is not to be assessed on the number of persons passing exams, but on the number of persons who have not made it through. When this number is reduced to figures in which nothing  further can be done, then we know the system has not failed. What no system should do, is assume that everyone is equal, and in so doing forgetting that some cannot be, even when they try their best.

Monday, 13 January 2014

The Loss of Inspiration.. The answer is nought



The greatest fear of a creative is to lose the inspiration to be crea

tive. It seems to be an odd thing to say, but how many stories have you heard of artists who have given up, or people who have walked away from the art world, because they say they cannot find that inspiration.

Creativity though is not something you lose. As someone once told me there is one skill which you never lose, and that is the ability to draw. You might not get any better, or better said, get better fast enough to please you, but once you learn you realise you always knew and its a skill you enhance and develop further, never lose.

It is the same way with any creative, whose skills are from birth. He might not see it for a moment, and that moment might be for a long time, but it is always there. The vision, the difference in angle, the perspective others cannot quite see themselves. He is viewing it all the time, yet, for some reason or other, the "inspiration" escapes him.

How to overcome that moment? How to realise it has not gone, it just needs nurturing back on track is something you probably think I am about to make comment on and provide you with what I believe is the answer. The fact is, I am not. If I had that answer I would today be a millionaire, having produced artworks on a daily basis which would be outselling anything I have ever done. The truth is that as a creative I have lost the inspiration many a time, and faded into shadowy corners hiding away where not even the closest working with me knew I had any skills in the arts, because I never revealed them. As if hiding my own skills, and denying them would somehow solve anything, or change my life. The truth is that the only thing that has ever returned me to what you might call a liberation of the mind to think again, in a way that leaves me with a smile when I see what I have achieved, even if momentarily, has been remembering that to lose it you must have possessed it at some stage, and like a computer, maybe rebooting and returning to the last know point you were at ease with might just return you.

It's like today, launching a creative styled agency to live on my creative skills has seen me not practise the same skills I wish to use. After hours doing "business things" you end up troubled trying to visualise what you wish to create or do next. Then you remember, "hey I opened this business to do just what I know I can do, and that is be creative, be it." Whether that is a solution, god knows, but hey it's fun for a moment.

Now what are the images above related to you might ask. Well, in one of those moments, in which I couldn't see anything, I had lost the focus, I started clicking, as I do best, seeing through an eye piece, then processing what I had visualised. And a small collection emerged, maybe not as deep in meaning as I hope to reach, or produce, but all the same, a reality was transformed and documented and produced, and well it's a start. Isn't that where you have to be to go forward, at the start.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Photography - An asset in the business

Starter Bundle Gallery - Images by Stephen Ignacio


"Isn't it good to have so much time off?" yes those were the words of a friend of mine as he saw me walking down the streets, but then again a person carrying a camera, having a stroll whilst looking for images will look as if he is on free time.

The truth is probably very different. Indeed, its not the constant alertness and constant on the move of my previous occupation, in which you didn't know if you would come out of the shift in one piece, or you might end up badly injured or even worse, dead. However, running your own show, and more importantly in the creative field, the work ends when you close your eyes and go to sleep, and not even then, because you might have a  thought and wake up to write it down.

Pressing the button is the easy side, looking for the image is the fun side, the passionate side, making a living out of it, well that is the part where there are no text book rules, or guidelines which tell you which route you should take next. It is totally and entirely up to you.

A simple thing as testing prices, or even market researching prices leaves you at a loss. The range is so high and so low that it is mind boggling. One person will sell an image at a quid, the next will sell a similar image at a grand, who is wrong? who is right? None, and both. After all what determines their prices is themselves. On will have a good job, maybe in the public service himself, and can afford to give it away, its a hobby and this is pocket money, the other is trying make a living, and well he considers his work to have artistic value.

But time off? No indeed no. After weeks of going through figures, adjusting, calculating, readjusting, pricing, repricing, re-profiling, it suddenly dawned on me. The answer is in me alone. What is the value I believe it deserves today, forget tomorrow as tomorrow a new set of images will come and you can re-adjust the prices for those if you place them in the open market. 

Seven years away from the industry had taught me a lot. What it had taught me mainly was that commonsense always makes more sense than pretentious chit chat or obscure analytic posturing. 

In one swoop the figures began to make sense, and they satisfied me. Twelve years in the media industry before the  big break had provided some experience, and if this experience says that you are not too far wrong in your estimations, then you should consider them.

And whilst all these was happening, along came another thought, what is the point in pricing if you still need to meet your target markets?

So the answers become simpler to come up with. What is it I am doing? What are the assets you have today? Who is it you are targeting? Who is it that you wish to collaborate with frequently? And when are you going to start? The final answer was "yesterday."

So one day late maybe, and after a quick stroll away from the screens, and without one single image capture in my camera, a new promotion emerged. (see slideshow above to find out what it was). And today, I now need to send it out so that others know what I have come up with.

As the second person I met said "you have to ask yourself are you a professional photographer? or are you someone who uses photography as a tool in his business." The answer of course is simple, god I wish I was a professional photographer, but my business runs on photography and to survive it is the business that needs to be maintained alive so that the photography can continue. But I cannot forget that I am a creative or else the business has no asset to work with.
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Monday, 6 January 2014

Three Kings Cavalcade Image Collection no Available


Cavalcade 2014 - Images by Stephen Ignacio
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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Two years late? Or perfect timing? Royal Visit Collection is out now!


Royal Visit - Images by Stephen Ignacio




Two years have already gone by since the last Royal Visit to the Rock of Gibraltar, and a very British royal occasion it was, and one which I could not have missed.

It was 7am in the morning, and I had just terminated a long night shift session. No longer was I in the media, but i was in possession of a dslr camera, I loved street photography and you could feel the buzz of the day even before everyone woke up.

The decision had been made to go to sleep and sleep through it. What was i going to do with the images even if i took them, I couldn't sell them, I couldn't get involved in the same type of shooting I had been accustomed to doing for so many years before, so why bother.

The decision did not last long. Four hours into my sleep, my eyes opened up, I got out of bed, and as if on automatic mode headed into Main Street and sought a shaded area with a good vantage point. As if my instinct, it was at a main junction area, and directly in front of the Chief Minister's mother, with Taxi famed singer also just a few metres down.


Blurry eyed and very conscious that i required to maintain decorum it was now a matter of finding the best capture, and relationship between capture, event and my status. The results were significant. Whilst everyone tried to take a shot of the Prince, and his spouse, i was focusing once again on the people. On my colleagues, on the public and on the reactions, and I was easily forgetting who was visiting.

For the next few days, whilst the visit continued the first day of shooting encouraged a more days. There was now a purpose to the instinctive early waking up. It was to document events for others close to me. So that their efforts could be seen. and remembered. 

The images were posted to be seen within social media group circles of friends and for the next two years would be kept stored in a hard drive. 

Now, with two years gone, and with the images restyled and worked into the Royal Visit has become my personal "Royal Visit Collection" documenting the day, the emotions and the feelings generated on the day. Importantly highlighting the one common theme which can be seen throughout, a smiling community, excited and enjoying the occasion. Two years on, political pressures have subdued the smiles on the community, but the strength and firmness in maintaining their identity continues with gritted teeth, and British patience. Two years ago they welcomed their Britishness in public celebration in the visit of the Royals.

The images can be downloaded for personal or editorial use. Corephotography has also added print on demand facilities for persons wishing to get a high quality art print of any of the images.

Click on the slideshow above or here to see the whole collection.

"Art - Photoshop - Photography" V. "Fear to adapt to the coming of age"

The debate on whether a photographer should use photoshop has been ongoing since, well, since darkrooms began to disappear. Somehow it has never been a debate that has concerned me much. Should a photographer enhance his images via a photo developing process? whether digital or not? Now that is a debate I welcome, and one which has many answers.

Indeed, as a fine artists my first concern is the image itself, and not the process through which it has been delivered. In art, at least in my days you would be taught to draw with your left hand if you were right-handed, to throw the pencil away and pick up the thickest charcoal and place it on a bamboo stick and draw from several metres away. You were taught to throw paint and rub in the painting and not pick up a brush, to throw leaves, mud onto a canvas. Basically what I am trying to say is that in fine art it's the final piece that mattered. And I can't say image since I am a believer that art has no defined space which it requires to occupy as the message the language delivers requires the freedom to co-exist with the receiver, i.e. the viewer.

In the same way, most if not all fine artists from my day were taught photography, and this meant dark rooms. Dodging, burning, pin-holing, swiping light with your hands, papers and textures under lights, it was all permissible, and all of it led to praise rather than disgruntled criticisms. I was fortunate enough to also see the start of photoshop, my first years in photography were also the first years of photoshop and the mac. Yes, this is way back now believe it or not. And to this day I never saw the differences between one tool and another, a dark room and a digital processer, both did the same in different ways, but ultimately it was the final image that mattered.

From those days until now, the dream was always to have with me a tool in which I could photograph, draw, paint, read, write and do what I liked best without lugging with me a heavy bag with pencils and sketch book, cameras and book. Oh, yes, sounds familiar, that tool now exists too its called a tablet, for many they call it an i-pad, for others just a tablet as budgets don't get there. Everyone can now own one, everyone can now dabble in the creation of images, play with typography, use filters to create water colours, yet the debate does not seem to fit into my concept of thinking.

To me it seems that the debate between photoshop's use and photography is just one in which traditionalists do not seem to wish to embrace functionality. Somewhat like modern art had to go into a reject's gallery to find its place in our modern society.

Does it mean that everyone who uses these tools is an artists? Of course it doesn't, it however, does several incredible things, it brings art to the level of the normal day to day person and takes away the elitism it has always had. It also allows so many to find a talent they did not think they had. Those who find they have no talent discover also the value of the work before them as they realise the difficulties in obtaining such levels of understanding of the image form.

 It also introduces a new level of critique upon those who label themselves artists as those who used the techniques to dazzle but had no conceptual or idea behind their creations are found to be exactly what they are, at least in the eyes of the day to day person. Elitism in the arts still exists and the dazzlers still exhibit in large galleries "dazzling" the elite, who tend to stay tuned to their own trends and not that of the rest of the world. Whilst many day to day persons copy their styles and do exactly as they do, devaluing in this manner the labels given to these people, and rightly so.

In all of this you ask yourself, so are you calling yourself an artist? Isn't that a bit presumptuous of yourself? Well someone, several decades back officially labelled me such. After all if you train and educate yourself towards something and you succeed in that training, supposedly you are what you have been trained for. Importantly though, whilst the label remains, and the skills get enhanced and developed, the truth is I never did believe in labels. I do, however, believe in one thing, and it's very simple in terms of identifying whom I am to myself. My language of choice is a creative one, one in which images provide me with a greater expression than expression through words, even though words I use often to express myself. Yet the inner most thoughts, the ideas, the concepts, the emotions, are expressed with greater, what shall we call it.. eloquence, than I would through words which I find static and rigid in their nature. Actually it is quite funny to think I am writing this, as its words themselves that I'm using.

Whether I am seen as an artists or not, it does not matter really as the choice is mine, and my choice is not the written word but the image. Let me pick up a camera and document and event and in one capture I will try and translate the full interpretation of the event through the image. Provide me with lined paper and a pencil and I would probably try and draw the event, give me a typewriter or  keyboard and it could take me a day to get all the details down in a manner that is coherent to you. That makes me an image-maker more than a writer I suppose and unashamedly so.

Anyway what was the point of this post? Oh yes, that was it, I was going to talk about whether the debate on photoshop was important, I suppose it isn't since I have hardly spoken about it as such. All these also to show a piece of work I have completed, and show how today exhibiting is so easy, yet the reach is so wide that it is lost in the very web we have created. Plus to show how using different tools today delivers what 20 years would have been so difficult to achieve without taking up weeks of work to complete.
  
 And look how many places I can place them at for viewing (and purchasing).. astounding isn't it.?