Hand and Lightning T70L 243989-1

One of my stock images from the mid 1980’s.

I photographed my hand using my Pentax K1000 and its standard 50mm f2 lens. I held my fingers around a bare 15w light bulb that had a black piece of cardboard on top of the bulb so it would not flare into the lens. The lightning is a strike over Lewisham photographed at another time from the kitchen window shot on b+w negative film.

I made a high contrast lith positive of the lightning and put a blue gel over it. I then used the colour enlarger at the Tony Stone darkrooms to first expose the hand onto a 10″x8″ sheet of transparency film then exposed the lightning.

At the time I thought of it as illustrating “Creative Spark” the sudden creative process that creates ideas out of nowhere. I cannot say I planned to “think” this image into existence but this image was in my mind before I created the components.

Conceptual stock photography like this was not too common at the time and I felt it in my bones that it would sell well. It went on to be my best selling image generating enough income for me to move from rented accommodation.

It took on a life of its own. my concept of creative spark was not shared, it was used to represent power. It was even used  by the SNP in Scotland to promote the independence vote in 2014, I guess the idea was to have the power in Scottish hands rather than London.

I cannot control how my images were used but it struck me at one point that I was responsible for putting image like this out into society, lots of money but I wonder about how it may have been misused.

I did get permission from Tony to use the darkroom after hours and I paid for the film and processing of the film used.
Tony and his agents will have earned more money from the image than me but it was a fair split between us. I withdrew the image from Getty in 2017 after the split was weighed heavily in their favour.

Conceptual images like this can be created by anyone now for free using AI programs, good job I dont rely on picture sales any more!

Commercial Stock Imagery

         

I made a wide variety of conceptual stock imagery from the mid 1980s all the way to the early 2000s. At first images were created in camera with multiple exposures or sometimes in the darkroom where I used pin registration to make composites. With electronic imaging becoming affordable in the 1990s I first composed using Barco Creator on Silicon Graphics machines and later using Photoshop.

Many of these images have proved timeless so they are available for licence for use. Welcome clients doing reverse image lookup, you have found the copyright owner! – please feel free to get in touch for a rights protected licence.

Some guidance needed

This image sold well on Getty Images when I used the agency but has also been stolen many times by religious groups on Facebook and various blogging sites – I’m coming for you!

The maze started life as a black and white line drawing that was then extruded using the landscape generator software “Bryce” that was popular in the 1990s. Other elements shot on film and scanned before being put together on a Silicon Graphics Indy computer running Barco Creator software.

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Mother of Pearl

 

St.Stephens Tower (aka  Elizabeth Tower) clock face, Parliament,UK. Taken in 1988.

I had just bought a second hand 500mm mirror telephoto lens for my camera and thought the clock face would be a suitable image for Tony Stone Images stock library.

The IRA were still bombing the mainland in those days but I was left undisturbed in Parliament Square that evening even though the large lens on my camera mounted on a low tripod was the spitting image of a rocket launcher.

A late Summers evening as the sun picked out the beauty of the clock face.

Taken with a Pentax K1000 camera using a  Tamron SP 500mm lens on 35mm Fujichrome Provia film.

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Light reading

Syndicated through Getty Images  late 1990s.
35mm transparency scanned and textured in Barco Creator software. Model released shoot.

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A taste of the future

A hybrid image. The main element of the ball and stand were shot conventionally (Horseman LX 5×4 studio camera onto Fuji Velvia film). The patterned light was created in software using a variety of Kai Krause filters on a windows PC. Both elements were then combined in Barco Creator software.

Many thanks to Simon Thornley for the loan of the crystal ball.

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Still Point

Shot at the London Marathon in Greenwich. This image was syndicated through Getty Images in the 1990s. A straight scan of a 35mm transparency with no image manipulation.

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A bit weird

Conceptual image made for syndication through Getty Images.
As the 1990s progressed a new market in imaging software was opening up. Here I used a straightforward studio image shot on  5″ x 4″ transparency film and then processed through a special filter from the Kai’s Power Tool set.

Kai Krause developed a number of innovative imaging programs and filters and his interface design was ahead of anyone else, exciting times.

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