Geoff Franklin

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Lenin

Lenin

Spring cleaning the drives and came across this that I never got around to finishing, looks quite good unfinished so I thought I would give it an airing on the photoblog.


John Jerwood

John Jerwood

I started this portrait of John Jerwood as an experiment in starting points for my work. I have been shooting  a bit of film again recently and wanted to explore the differences using a black and white print as a starting point and bringing colour into the image. I pulled a print out of the library for this, there is a difference between a black and white hand print and converting a colour digital file, even if i were to put it through a program like Silver Efex with its emulsion emulations, it not quite the same.

John Jerwood was a fascinating man, I was commisioned to make his portrait as he was being interviewed, so i was very much responding to his movements whilst he was talking.

When you are in those situations as photographers  to get the most from the situation we have to blend, not to irritate the subject or the writer.

I guess the date for this original pic is about 1990, The session took place in a hotel in Piccadilly in London, I made the pictures quite quickly, he was an easy subject and instead of packing the camera away and disappearing, i sat in on the interview. He was a fascinating man with an interesting life story. He was based in Japan and was a dealer in fine pearls. He talked about how he used the money he had accumulated to set up foundations to benefit the arts. John Jerwood died a while later, but his foundations are still flourishing. I do like the Jerwood Space in London, south of the river close to where i used to live and have visited many shows there.

I made several versions over the past months and settled on this one as I not only liked it as an image but felt it caught the spirit of the man.

image copyright ©Geoff Franklin 2018


from a distant land

from a distant land

I am continually asked how long an image takes to build. My usual reply is from a day to a month. This one started some three years ago and i got distracted and its one of six that i have used these cold dark days to finish. Jan 2018

I parked the initial version of the masque section on the main website but it was always my intention to finish it in this way.  London 2018

 

All images on www.geoff-franklin.com and www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog ©Geoff Franklin 2000-2018 No reproduction without permission


Waiting out Time

Waiting out Time

Waiting out time on Mount Oylmpus

The summit of Mount Olympus, stands the meeting place of the gods. The mountain in northern Greece was said to be where the gods and goddesses built their palaces. Any of the gods could live on the great mountain summit, but no human was ever allowed there under any conditions.

The image was made with a different sampling technique. The source was shot for a rotating gif.

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

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Portrait #1

Portrait #1

Portrait#1  Sue

I am making a series of portraits using a blend of some of the old techniques with more recent ones. Got 5 done, this is the first.

Quite simple technique 4 different sampling masks blended with tree images and approx 20 layers.

 


Wishing Tree of Winchelsea

Wishing Tree of Winchelsea

One of the images from the Brightling to Dymchurch series. Winchelsea is one of those beaches not as popular as Camber which has the benefit that there are never too many people on the beach. It is a favourite place of mine, especially at low tide with its  sands and its 6000 year old sunken forest at Pett Level.

 

Other from the series  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

 


2,3&5 Les trois ballerines

2,3&5 Les trois ballerines

Les trois ballerines


itch the scratch

itch the scratch

“itch the scrath”  from the Brightling to Dymchurch series

©Geoff Franklin 2016


Battle Whisper

Battle Whisper

Battle Whisper, latest in my Brightling to Dymchurch series.


Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner, from the Brightling to Dymchurch Series.


Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour

Rye Harbour: from the Brightling to Dymchurch series


Killing Time

Killing Time

Killing time, A Romney Ghost

I found myself standing outside St Mary in the Marsh church on Pickneybush lane in a foggy autumn twilight. In the eerie silence you become aware of sounds that go unnoticed, rustles in the undergrowth, water dripping from the fence, a distant crow, time has stood still. The trees in the graveyard take on different shapes, one is like a giant stone dragon, another has the face of a demon. St Marys is a fortress of a Norman church, built on a site of earlier Pagan and Saxon settlement.

 


Starvecrow Lane

Starvecrow Lane

Girl in a red dress, Starvecrow Lane Peasmarsh East Sussex.

I was driving from Brightling down to Rye and took a detour down some country roads and ended up driving down Float Lane loving the name thinking about how boring and unimaginative some road names are and then it got better, Float Lane runs into Dumb Womans Lane. What I like is that this road name has survived. Another road name i like is a few miles away in Peasmarsh, Starvecrow Lane the title of this piece.


Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

From Brightling to Dymchurch

This is the first picture in the series, Brightling, resting place of Mad Jack Fuller, the eccentric squire squire of Brightling East Sussex, builder of follies including his own Mausoleum constructed in the shape of a pyramid. Folk lore had it that he was buried in full dress suit with top hat sat at a table with a roast chicken and bottle of wine set before him. Sadly, though it might have been his last wish, when the pyramid was restored in the 198o’s he was found to have been buried in the conventional manner.


Rye,flutterbye

Rye,flutterbye

Another from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.  This one the Rye Butterfly


Mermaid of Wish Ward

Mermaid of Wish Ward

From Brightling to Dymchurch: Mermaid of Wish Ward Rye.

 


the silence

the silence

Called the silence this is one of a triptych. Salt, the silence, the sprite. The sprite, started fist remains unfinished. When it is I will put the three together and put them in this space.

Geoff Franklin 2015


Disguise and Truth

Disguise and Truth

Disguise and Truth.

I sampled the image into 1500+ segments and rebuilt the image with some additions.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


Les enfants du Montmartre

Les enfants du Montmartre

Les enfants du Montmartre

The idea for this came from a flat relief i saw on a gravestone in Montmartre cemetery in Paris. It is one of the set from the series En Marge Du Bonheur    http://geoff-franklin.com/springboard/en-marge-du-bonheur/
Once I had the idea it was quite easy to construct the image, and not a million miles away from how I visualised it, except the original was in colour but I chose black and white as I felt it added more atmosphere to the image.
©Geoff Franklin London 2015


le domaine des rêves

le domaine des rêves

le domaine des rêves

This is a back of the envelope idea that made it through to the finished image more or less as it was sketched . I knew I was going to use the central figure, it was a question of how I built the image around it. I had originally though of an endless corridor of doors stretching into the distance and a pile of keys spread around the floor. So the idea of a gatekeeper was in my mind when i thought of using they lions. I was once at Hever Castle in Kent where Anne Boylen had spent her youth, and came across an urn with a triple headed lion on its side. So i was thinking of using this idea but it distracted from the central images. So i then thought of the lions that sit at the foot of Nelsons column in Trafalgar Square, but they have always looked quite passive. I then  remembered shooting some Lions in Paris on my last trip that fitted the idea.

It was then a question of adding the textures to the image. This was done by sampling the base image by creating hundreds of layers and assigning actions to these layers. It was then a process of colour balance and selective editing of layers to create the final image.


Je t’appartiens

Je t'appartiens

Je t’appartiens. Theophilus, of Adana, the servant of two masters.

The unhappy cleric who sold his soul to the devil for power only to be redeemed by the Virgin Mary. His story is the inspiration for the Faust legend.

 

 

©Geoff Franklin 2015 &2017


Rae-Paris

Rae-Paris

Rae Paris,

In my previous post i talked of images that can take a while to produce. This image has had several incarnations before i arrived at the version. This one was a case of less is more, i had made quite a complicated abstract one which i was never truely happy with and kept reworking it until today when i stripped it back to the original elements and started over and the final piece was created quite quickly.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


La parade des amoureux

La parade des amoureux
la parade des amoureux

Back to hundreds of layers and a thousand actions. This image was very simple to construct, composed of two images. I first made a fine mask for the base layer and laid a rougher mask over it. I then made a couple of hundred actions for each layer of the rough mask and in turn made masks for those layers and cut them back.

I did however, make a simple error that cost me a lot of time. I dont use an autosave on the files but choose at crucial times in the construction to make saves. With all the actions the file size was running into gigabytes so before I saved I dumped many layers that had been used or discarded. With this was one layer that I had spent a couple of hours on and had turned off its visibility as it was going to be used later. I accidentally dumped it, saved the file and when It came time to switch the layer back on I realised my error. Most annoying as it had taken so long and I was really happy with it. I have not made a mistake like that for such a long time as I am always saving off the images. I always make a save as copy as images are like a series of road forks, you can be following a certain path, realise there is a point where the image has deviated from your idea and is not worth pursuing and unpicking an image like this can be almost impossible. I have 34 full image saves on this alone and referred back to an earlier version on two occasions. In all this image took about 10 hours to construct. Some can be quicker, others can stretch into days and weeks.

The final image is 30×22 inch.

©Geoff franklin 2015


La Danse De La Vie

La Danse De La Vie

La danse de la vie

I had a visitor today just as I was finishing this image, they thought it was a drawing until I showed them the original source images.

The main figure in the centre I found in a cemetery in North Lancashire, and was quite unusual for that grave yard.     The mask i used in this is much more ragged stripping away more of the subject. I am interested in how the brain joins the dots in the rebuilding. This  give  the figures very a organic appearance rather than the stone originals they are.

©Geoff Franklin 2015