Geoff Franklin

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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


Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

All civilisations have myths and folklore about twins, some half the whole others good and bad.Its said some villages killed one at birth to give magical powers to the other  twin. #folklorethursday #myths #narrative #storytelling


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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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.


Romney Fog

Romney Fog

Romney Fog, from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2016


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


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.

 


Rye Foreign

Rye Foreign

Rye Foreign.

This image is from the series from Brightling the burial place of Mad Jack Fuller to Dymchurch on Romney Marsh the home to the fictional character Dr Syn the Scarecrow. Most of the material with a few exceptions was shot along the route. This picture is one of the exceptions with the background being the ceiling of the Pantheon in Roma, one of my favourite spaces in the world. The original background that was shot in Rye Foreign didn’t work and I was already playing with this background, just added it to see what it looked like and I couldn’t go back, for me it worked.


Gestalt

Gestalt

First for a while, been away collecting new images. This image has been sat on my desktop for a couple of months not quite finished. The problem was with the background. I tried tow different backgrounds but in the end reverted to the original and worked on modifying it.


dream part2

dream part2

number2 in the dream series


the sentinels

the sentinels

I shouldn’t read Shakespeare in Rome, I start producing work like this.


and so came eden

and so came eden

This picture evolved as i was making it. There are four photographs as the core of the image and i made several mask layers using 3 different templates that i have used before. Not so many actions were used and the whole construction is much simpler.


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.


liberté

liberté

liberté

This image was created by sampling small portions of the statue and setting an action of random pasting on layers beneath and then on top of the liberty layer. I then selectively cut back the top layer.
In all there are 400 layers each having about 10 -15 actions.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


seuls ensemble

seuls ensemble

Introducing a new style into the theme. I had the idea for the background looking at a stained glass window in a church in Tunbridge Wells and introduced it into a linear action to create the overlay.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


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 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