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


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


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.


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.


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


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


Jason Lamberth

Jason Lamberth

I shot this portrait of Jason  some 15 years ago when he was an actor in New York.  I worked on the image for some time in the darkroom and, never fully satisfied with the result put it away.  Last week I was contacted by a magazine in New York wanting a business portrait I had shot, and in the file was Jasons portrait. Thanks to photoshop I reworked the image to achieve the image I had originally envisioned.   I could never get the richness of colour nor the gradation of tone in the original print.  I had lost contact with Jason and in those interveneing years, he has gone on to be a very successful furniture designer. Have a look <http://www.jasonlamberth.com/>