Outerfocus 48 - Mahesh Shantaram

Mahesh Shantaram is also not a wedding photographer. And I like that.

© Mahesh Shantaram - from Matrimania

© Mahesh Shantaram - from Matrimania

Well, I liked it after I got over the fact that my own book, about weddings, wasn’t the first published by the actual hired wedding photographer. I write the rest of this with a slightly grumpy demeanour.

Martin Parr sent me a link to Mahesh’s work with the subject as - Some competition? I was a little curious to say the least. After seeing some of his work, and liking it very much, I emailed to see if he’d like to have a conversation for the podcast. In the ensuing emails and conversations I discovered that Mahesh was going through some issues with a project he’s working on, among other things, and that it was all part of a wider issue which deals with the vilification of artists, and the society imposed boundaries that they are expected work within, as to not offend anyone.

We really only scratch the surface of a couple of topics in this conversation and we probably could have gone on for hours. Maybe there will be a part 2 one day.

Until then, I very much hope that you enjoy this conversation.

Photographers mentioned

Juan de la Cruz Megías

Roy DeCarava

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Mahesh’s Links:

Website

Instagram

Weddings

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian







Outerfocus 47 - Zalmy Berkowitz

So, in between all of my fancy pants exhibition and talk and book signing and tequila drinking shenanigans I managed to get a conversation recorded with, Zalmy Berkowitz.

Screenshot 2019-07-24 at 11.38.58.png

I asked about interesting wedding photographers in our facebook group - outerfocus chit chat - and Zalmy’s name came up a couple of times. I had a look at his work and was pleasantly surprised. His work is actually interesting. A lot of wedding photography that I see may be good, technically, but there’s not much behind that. With Zalmy’s photographs you are transported to a time, a place, and get a peak into a different world.

They are very real, and full of personality.

We talk about his work, his family, the world we live in and the future of education with his other project, Freedom School. I hope that you enjoy our conversation.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Zalmy’s Links:

Website

Instagram

The Freedom School

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 46 - Jason Baron

The photography industry is more than just the genre that we work in. It’s a multifaceted thing that reaches into all aspects of society, wether we notice it or not, and it’s more than just photographers. In some cases it’s the photographer and client, or the photographer and their art, but in others it’s layers of agents, ad agencies, art directors, corporate clients and contracts.

One of the most seen, yet unnoticed, genres of photography is promotional photography. More specifically TV promotional photography. When we look at iPlayer or Netflix or Amazon Prime for something to watch we are presented with a sea of images, all vying for our attention.

The Reith Lectures -  Richard Ansett , BBC.

The Reith Lectures - Richard Ansett, BBC.

We all might know someone who shoots this kind of thing - well, I have and you know me. so…. - but who commissions the work? Who decides what right for the show? And what kind of person does that job?

Jason Baron, that’s who. Jason is Creative Director of Photography at the BBC. Heading the very much in demand team at BBC Creative they source photographers and fulfil the ever changing needs of the BBC’s online presence and promotional requirements.

I hope that you enjoy our conversation and that it gives you a little insight into the world of promotional photography.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Jason’s Links:

BBC Creative

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 45 - Ian Weldon - Presented by Martin Parr

Martin Parr presents this very special episode of Outerfocus. Yes, you read that right.

© Ian Weldon

© Ian Weldon

With my exhibition, I Am Not A Wedding Photographer, opening today - 26th June 2019 - we thought it fitting I be interviewed for an episode of Outerfocus. And, as The Martin Parr Foundation are hosting the exhibition and have co-published my book with RRB Photobooks we thought it fitting Martin be the host.

While I was in Bristol last week installing the exhibition (mostly pointing and drinking tea) we sat down and discussed how the work came about. I wasn’t nervous at all.

For your listening pleasure, Outerfocus presents - Martin Parr in conversation with, Ian Weldon.

Available now - Ian Weldon: I Am Not A Wedding Photographer

<———— Click Book for purchase info

The exhibition, I Am Not A Wedding Photographer runs at the Foundation from 16th June to 10th August 2019 . Visit the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol - Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm - to see the first exhibition of Wedding Photography in the UK within an art photography context.


SaveTheDate
 / 16 JUL 2019 join the Martin Parr FoundationBristol, for I Am Not A Wedding Photographer, the Wedding Party!  The event will be held at the Foundation on 16 JUL from 6.30pm, and is sponsored by our friends and neighbours Lost and Grounded Brewers. The evening will include a cake, wedding music, and maybe even a first dance with Ian Weldon and MartinParr.

Dress code - we'll be wearing our wedding attire, please join us.

If you would like to attend the wedding party please RSVP to info@martinparrfoundation.org before 12 JUL 2019.

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s this:

Ian Weldon - I am not a Wedding Photographer - The Sun-4.jpg

ARTIST TALK AND BOOK SIGNING

Continuing the ongoing series of FREE artist talks, and to coincide with the exhibition, I Am Not A Wedding Photographer, Ian Weldon will discuss his photographic practice.

23.07.2019 7pm (doors 6.30pm)

FREE / booking essential

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Martin’s Links Links:

Website

Instagram

Martin Parr Foundation

MPF Instagram

Foundation Membership

Magnum Photos

Ian’s Links:

Website

Instagram

Thanks for listening, see you in two weeks!







Outerfocus 44 - Kathryn Mayo

This week we welcome Kathryn Mayo to the Outerfocus Podcast.

Not content with what could be described as ‘straight’ photography Kathryn’s work utilises antique processes and often incorporates found materials, fabric and objects.

Kathryn is also a photography educator and has been teaching photography full time at Cosumnes River College since 2007 where she teaches a broad range of classes in film, digital imaging and manipulation, photo history and alternative photographic processes.  

For her most recent project, which we discuss, she temporarily relocated to her hometown of Selma, Alabama while she completed her latest body of work, We Are Selma:  The Selma Portrait Project.

© Kathryn Mayo

© Kathryn Mayo

As with so many of the conversations recorded for Outerfocus we could have gone on for another couple of hours. Kathryn’s knowledge of photography history, insight into the power of photography and her clear love for the medium is apparent here. It’s always a pleasure for me to talk with photographers who see past the aesthetic and value the process as a tool for self discovery.

I hope you enjoy this conversation. I know I certainly did.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Kathryn’s Links:

The Selma Project

We are Selma Audio

Wet Plate Collodion Workshops

Instagram

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 43 - Chris Suspect

I’m trying to move away from long drawn out show notes that explain everything we cover in these conversations. The whole point of the podcast is to listen and make up your own mind. The fun, for me, was always in the discovery of the work, the photographer, and coming to my own understanding of who they were/are. Have a dig around and you’ll find a lot of information on Chris Suspect. You’ll also find a whole load of great photographs, stories and interviews. (Exploring FAITH)

A bass player formerly of, The Suspects, Chris tells us how he came to photography through looking at images he could use for band posters. He specialises in capturing absurd and profound moments in the quotidian and his street photography work has been recognised internationally and has been exhibited in Miami, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Romania, Georgia and the United Kingdom.

It was great to talk with Chris and we could have gone on for another hour and a half, easily. I very much hope that you enjoy this conversation.

Chris also mentions a secret (or at least unassociated) instagram account he has, and if you find it he’ll give you a print from that account.

Game on!

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Chris’s Links

Website

Blog

Day of the Dead Workshop 

Instagram

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian

Outerfocus 42 - Graeme Oxby

I always like the conversations I have for the podcast to sound like just that, conversations. Sometimes it’s difficult to relax into it because of nerves, from myself and from the guest, but overall I think it’s the most natural way to find out about other photographers. It’s not necessarily about the work itself.

I found my voice by understanding photographers, and relating to photographers, and I hope that this approach will do the same for you.

This week’s episode is probably one of my favourites to date. I like Graeme’s attitude and that reflects in his work. It’s honest, and what more can we ask for in photography.

Welcome to the Outerfocus Podcast!

© Graeme Oxby - The Kings of England

© Graeme Oxby - The Kings of England

I came to Graeme’s work quite recently through mutual friends, and his inclusion in the 2018 book, Invisible Britain.

As a film maker he has made music videos and commercials as well working on TV and film commissions. Graeme wrote, produced and directed “Shotgun Dave Rides East” starring Peter Capaldi, funded by The UK Film Council in 2004, before developing a feature project “Perfect Match” in 2005. 

As a photographer he has produced a large body of commercial work along side many personal projects. Most notably his project on Elvis Impersonators entitled "The Kings Of England"  which was published as a book in September 2018 by Bluecoat Press.

At present he lectures in photography at the University Of Lincoln, and was an External Examiner at University Of West London. His work is held in the collection of the Michael Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery, Benedictine Univeristy in Chicago IL.

A great conversation. I very much hope that you enjoy it.

Buy Graeme Oxby’s, The Kings of England, direct.

Details in his instagram bio.

If you like what we are doing here at Outerfocus and find our archive of conversations useful, you can help to secure its future by subscribing to our Patreon page. Theres a link in the side bar ———>

From as little as the cost of a beer or two per month you can support the podcast and our ideas for the future, which include short documentaries on photographers, and funding and grants to support documentary photography and art projects. 

Our plan is to grow Outerfocus into a force within the photography industry that stands for honesty, integrity and the promotion of the highest quality photography being made today. From established masters, to the relatively unheard of.

Also, the Outerfocus website includes an ever growing library of suggested books, information on our upcoming awards and the listener driven photo series, take 5.

You can subscribe to the Outerfocus Podcast through different tiers on Patreon, which will also give you free entries to our up coming awards. 

Thank you for your donations, you are making the photography industry a little bit better.

Graeme’s Links:

Website

Instagram

The Kings of England Vimeo

Ian’s Links

Website

Instagram

Ian Weldon - Photography Education

Music - James William Nicholson

Peace out!

See you in two weeks.

Ian