Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2016

I’ve received my customary annual rejection email from the judges of the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. However, nice to see the prize is slowly warming up to my work:

“However, I did want to let you know that your photograph(s) did make it through to the second round of judging which included around 346 images. This year we had a total of 4,303 prints submitted into the competition from 1,842 photographers so the competition was very strong.”, Keeley Carter, Exhibitions Manager.

Roll on next year! As is customary, I’d like to share my entry images with you.

For the technically minded, the three backstage colour images were shot on Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras with Olympus M.Zuiko lenses, apart from the backstage shot featuring balloons, which was with a Voigtlander Nokton f0.95 lens. The colour batman portrait was shot on an Olympus PEN E-P5.

The two black and white images were shot on a Leica Monochrom (M246) with Leica lenses.

All editing and processing was done on Adobe Lightroom. The colour images were finished in Alienskin Exposure X and the monochrome images were finished in Nik Software Silver Efex Pro.

BBC Interview On Iconic Photography

Live Interview On BBC World News

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Thrilled to have permission from the BBC to share this clip of myself and journalism student Wilton Jackson from the University of Baton Rouge being interviewed on a segment about iconic photography.

The segment was based around the superb photograph from the Baton Rouge protest (July 10th, 2016) by Reuters photographer Jonathan Bachman.

This clip is being used with full permission of the BBC (Global Planning Editor, BBC News, London). This was a live broadcast on July 21st, 2016.

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RITES OF PASSAGE: BETWEEN LIGHT AND SHADOW

An exhibition featuring the work of Othello De’Souza-Hartley

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Othello De’souza-Hartley by his photographs from the Masculinity Project. Rites Of Passage; Between Light and Shadow group exhibition. Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, London. June 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

A very interesting group exhibition at the Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, London SE1 0BZ. It’s best to ring 0203 268 2101 before you go as the gallery is generally open in the afternoons, but can be visited anytime by appointment. The exhibition is on until August 7th, 2016.

There’s a powerful set of images from visual artist Othello De’Souza-Hartley from his Masculinity project.

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Othello De’souza-Hartley by his photographs from the Masculinity Project. Rites Of Passage; Between Light and Shadow group exhibition. Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, London. June 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I also really liked this sculpture by Neill Wright.

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Hobby Horse by Neill Wright. Rites Of Passage; Between Light and Shadow group exhibition. Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery, Unit 2 La Gare, 51 Surrey Row, London. June 17, 2016. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Heliopan Lens Hoods

Metal or Collapsible Rubber Lens Hoods

This may well be the least interesting post on my blog; after all, who thinks about lens hoods?!

The Heliopan 46mm short metal hood fitted to my Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

The Heliopan 46mm short metal hood fitted to my Olympus M.Zuiko 17mm f1.8. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I was looking for a collapsible rubber hood for my Olympus OM-D setup and found these Heliopan hoods. I know the brand already from their excellent vario ND filters, so didn’t hesitate to give them a try.

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The Heliopan 46mm rubber hood fitted to my Panasonic Leica 25mm Summilux and Olympus OM-D E-M1. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

I’m impressed. Anyone looking for metal hoods or collapsible rubber hoods can’t go wrong with these. They’ll especially suit Mirrorless photographers, so Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, Sony and Leica photographers should give them a look in. There are also larger sizes for DSLR users. The only problem is I can’t find a source which will show what angles of coverage the various hoods will be suitable for, so you may have some trial and error. The two I have work perfectly on these lenses shown here.

I got mine from Teamwork in the UK.

Staging and Manipulation

How Far Can Photojournalists Go?

Professional Photographer Magazine May 2016

During the Photography Show earlier this year, I was part of a discussion panel for Professional Photography magazine along with my talented friend and colleague Paul Sanders and the talented Elisabeth Blanchet and Martin Middlebrook. It was a fascinating hour long discussion on staging, manipulation, ethics, the press and photojournalism. I’m happy to share that the text from the discussion is featured in the May issue of Professional Photography magazine, over six pages, which is now on sale.

You can get a copy of the May issue, or a subscription to the magazine HERE. Hope you enjoy the read and feel free to carry the discussion on here in the comments section if you wish.

Eight Images in TZIPAC Zebra Award Finals

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8 Pictures Judged As Finalists In Black & White Photo Competition

Astonished and overjoyed to share that that eight of my photographs reached the finals of the BW specialist competition, the 4th TZIPAC Zebra Awards.

 

Seven of the images were shot on Olympus OM-D cameras (E-M1 and E-M5 Mark II) and one of the images (the urban dance image) was shot on a Leica Monochrom.

Whilst non of the images went onto win, having eight photographs get into the finals is pretty special! Huge congratulations to the winners; there was some exceptional photography.

 

9th International Color Awards

Nominee In Wildlife Category

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A murmuration of starlings at dusk, just after the sunset at the beach in Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom. March 10, 2015. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Happy to share one of my images was nominated by the judges of the 9th International Color Awards in Los Angeles.

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It didn’t go on to win, but it’s nice to know out of the 5,678 entries, it achieved a nomination.

It was shot on my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the M.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8PRO lens. The raw image was then processed in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Alienskin Exposure 7.