Good morning everyone (or afternoon/evening, wherever you are). A particularly bright and sunny one here in the Yorkshire Pennines. ickledot's just been asked to provide a photographic theme idea for a Facebook group he follows, so thought he might share his musings with you as well. Two birds with one stone and all that. Having had a night to sleep on it, the title decided upon is ‘Square Deal’. Now, if you're joining in you can read this title however you want: literally, with emphasis on either of the words, but the direction ickledot's coming to it from is connected with the square crop.
Two or three years ago I became quite obsessed with this. I’d bought an ebook ‘Square’ by Andrew S Gibson and watched an item on Scott Kelby's Photoshop User TV (I think) where the guest was Chase Jarvis, speaking about his book and app ‘The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You’ which uses the square format. It coincided too with my discovery of Blurb books, and the cheapest one they sell in the UK is the 10 inch square). I had an iPhone 3 at the time and for some inexplicable reason I really liked its camera, so produced many ‘out and about’ pictures.
As often happens, I gradually moved on to other thoughts and, although I still use the square crop when appropriate, it wasn’t something I paid particular attention to.
Jump to a recent episode of The Grid Live, they were talking about useful websites. I thought I had most of them covered until they began discussing Instagram and how popular it is. For some unknown reason, that one had passed me by completely. The very next day I joined up and began posting pictures. I have to say, I’m still not sure whether I like it or not but it has got me thinking about the square crop again (of course, you can only upload square pics to Instagram) and situations where it is especially effective.
I’ve included some of my pics here and there are more on Flickr. Some are older, from a session in Docklands, East London and there’s one from last Sunday in the nearby village of Haworth. I’m sure you could do much better.
Have a great weekend (mine just got better - England have won the Ashes this morning!).