I missed the Martin Parr talk. Feedback was… students were disappointed because he didn’t convey the magic formula of how you can use a ringflash and the same technique all your life to make loads of money, get in to Magnum, produce far too many photography books, how to become a celebrity and generate a huge fan club. I think he went down well and was as crammed as the Eugene Richards talk. A good contrast. Missed that as well.
The exhibitors are few. No Canon this time. The Sony stand still plugging away furiously at Nikon and Canon users to get them to convert systems! Linhofstudio gave people an opportunity to look at sumptuous kit they can never afford. The guy at Islington college looked depressed, they’re still teaching their students on Leaf digital backs, and Nikon have also offered lots of free kit so listen up colleges.
There was a good buzz of students, the next generation and no doubt this is where the ‘emerging’ photographers are.
The Epson printers looked tasty.
No Direct Lighting this time.
Had an inspiring conversation with a professional retoucher. There is room for up and coming retouchers to set up a business to cater for people not working on huge budgets.
The £10 entry fee is a bit mean.