justin welch photography

I'm a freelance fine art photographer based in London and Paris.

We’ve finally made it!

After being stuck in Paris for the past 48 hours due to a smoke bellowing out of our right hand engine as we taxied for takeoff, put down as a technical fault a technical fault with our plane, we have finally made it to Hanoi. I could rant for ages but…

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Three business tips to help you build your networks

Here are 3 useful tips that I have been using to build my business networks and converting contacts into business partners.

Tip 1:

Always follow up your contacts. When you meet someone at an event follow up with a simple e-mail or telephone call…

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Exciting Times Ahead.Well It’s been a busy last 6 months and I have a feeling it’s going to get even bussier over the…View Post

Exciting Times Ahead.

Well It’s been a busy last 6 months and I have a feeling it’s going to get even bussier over the…

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Grey LondonSo today was another typical grey and cold winter’s day in London. I was going into town to see the View Post

Grey London

So today was another typical grey and cold winter’s day in London. I was going into town to see the

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Canon 5D Mk II back in my handsSo today was a great day for me. I got my trusted camera back from being repaired! It’s so nice to…View Post

Canon 5D Mk II back in my hands

So today was a great day for me. I got my trusted camera back from being repaired! It’s so nice to…

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Cuban PortraitsHere are some portraits of the people of Havana Cuba. All taken on my last day of my trip there in…View Post

Cuban Portraits

Here are some portraits of the people of Havana Cuba. All taken on my last day of my trip there in…

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This image is the one selected as the cover of my soon to be released photo book of some of…View Post

This image is the one selected as the cover of my soon to be released photo book of some of…

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I have just spent the last four days in Paris celebrating my birthday and as I usually do, spending several hours walking the streets creating images. In this blog post I am sharing a few of my images of the Chinese New Years celebration parade that was held on Saturday.  I hope you enjoy them and I’m open to comments.

 I have recently been battling two things. Firstly, as many photographers experience, I am struggling to find any kind of inspiration to go out and shoot. And secondly, I am trying to refrain from shooting what anyone with a camera shoots, the bog standard point and shoot type image, you get me? I am trying to push myself to create more artistic, fine art type images and to shoot less but spend more time thinking and visualising what I want to create. Resulting in more unique pieces.  I still tend to be a reactive photographer, photographing what I come across, rather than seeking out a pre-visualised image or scene. Something I need to work on I guess!

So  I decided to brave the elements on Friday morning and ventured into Richmond Park to try capture some images in the snow. I arrived in the car park, got my kit on and got my gear out and not knowing where to start, I just walked out into the open to survey my surroundings. I had a vague idea of the type of image I wanted to shoot, I just had to find it, or something that came close to my vision.  

I walked through some woods and then came to the site I thought might have promising subject matter. Resisting the temptation to start shooting, I spent some time walking around the scene, trying to find the correct composition and perspective. It seemed to work and I eventually started to see the images I wanted to create clearly in my head. It’s a nice feeling when you suddenly become “zoned in” and everything outside the scene you are looking at vanishes and then you know it’s time to start capturing your images.  And no, I wasn’t on anything herbal or chemical to get zoned in! It just happened and felt right.

I spent just over one and a half hours walking around taking these images. At this time I knew I had some keepers, and knew if I didn’t want to crawl back to the car, I should leave now before my feet froze (next time I’ll wear my snowboard boot and not my wellies – lesson learned!)

I named the series ‘edge of freezing’ and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.

The full series can be viewed on my website here: http://www.justinwelchphotography.com/edge-of-freezing

Cheers
Justin

While recently on holiday in South Africa, took time out from shooting wildlife, to shoot some black and white fine art images. On the day I took these I was doing a walk along a gravel road into the mountains when I stopped, and just looked around for some inspiration. The more I looked the less I saw! So what I did was close my eyes and then just opened my eyes and decided to photograph the first thing that caught my eye. I then moved around the local area shooting different plants, focusing in shapes textures and light.  And this is the result.

Tried something new today. Let me know your thoughts on the results……….