Simon Buckley guest lecture – January 2014.
He began assisting an architectural photographer, he also was photographing in Manchester also out in a village outside Hong Kong. He then went on to try to get his images out into the industry where they got passed though leading to his commissioned jobs for magazines. His career was then based around portraiture of celebrities and reportage. In recent times he is now working on a website with his wife called Road, Rail and Sea; a travel website looking into trips without flying, where he works on the photography for the site and enjoying photographing under his own art direction.
He also gave some interesting advice:
-To feel privileged to live with the eyes of a photographer and to be able to observe the world the way we do as creatives. By looking though a lens gives a different perspective to the world around us.
- The more you understand about the craft technically the more you are able to articulate your ideas.
- Save your back - use a rucksack!
- Have you whit’s about you, think ahead at what you may want.
- Be confident in what you are asking and tell them what it is you want.
- Use talking where appropriate but use the silence as much, it is interesting what you learn from a person in silence.
- Never interrupt a writer and listen to the interview and see where it is heading and try to shoot with this in mind.
-Keep in mind the outcome of the images, article or prints. Include space for text?
- Do personal projects to demonstrate what you can do, by building a portfolio of personal work it shows what you can do, how you think and your style of work. This idea completely links to my dissertation as throughout that I was commenting on the importance of personal work.
He also gave some advice for portfolios:
- 15-20 images.
- Clean and simple.
- Fresh and update regularly.