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Earlier this summer I had the good fortune to be a commissioned artist, at the London Road Festival in Stoke-on-Trent. I came up with this idea to reveal some of the beauty in the city; using photography and invited Rachel Ballard, a textile artist to collaborate with me.
We worked hard and had a great time with the local people contributing to the project. Take a look here and join us on the next journey, with our other online links.
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After my day in the window I had time to reflect and respond; it had been a very emotional time.

http://makeshiftbirmingham.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/my-day-in-the-three-week-window-christine-reader/

Day 3 (Wednesday 5th September): Christine Reader

Day 3 (Wednesday 5th September): Christine Reader.

Through my lens.

Morty on his look out wall .

Morty on his look out wall .

Over the years of using photography in my work, I’ve observed the massive change in the technology available to the photographer, both amateur and professional.
My first 35mm camera (a Minolta X-700) was a gift. At the time it was pretty much the most up to date tech for someone starting to use 35mm photography and as a film camera, it seems to have become a luxury once more. It came all the way from Saudi Arabia – tax free from my then husband. The camera is still one of my favourite things, it takes brilliant pictures. The husband is long gone!
I love to frame an image through the lens. I will carefully select both subject and light. I may take a few shots from varying viewpoints or close up, however I don’t waste time snapping away – film makes one think more. The shadows, light source, shutter speed, aperture, there’s only 1 shot to get it right when you’re working with film. I do sometimes use a small digital camera to snap ideas, things I see of interest, artwork in progress, textures and shapes I could use in my work. I use the digital camera as I might a sketchbook. My phone camera is the same.
I’m not great at tech speak, writing down every detail of how I took an image. I would call myself a very instinctive photographer. Sometimes, the best image is the last one, after I’ve relaxed into taking shots, when I’m at one with my camera and it becomes an extension of my eye. Writing this reminds me that as an artistic creative photographer, I see images to take all the time. The look of emotion on someone’s face, the way light hits a form or building, a private moment between an observed couple, family or group. There are many moments I wish I could capture but they are either not appropriate to take or I’ve no suitable camera with me.
As a photographer, I’m an observer of life. As an artist, I’m a person who tries to share this observation – obviously from my own unique perspective.

Chris Reader.

Along the canal bank.

Along the canal bank.

Etruria canal boat yard.

Etruria canal boat yard.

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