All Quiet
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by Bruce Percy
2d ago
Dear reader, I know I’ve been very quiet. It may appear as though I have dissapeared. Well, that is usually a sign that I’m busy doing something else. A few things in the pipe line, one of which will be announced this late August / September. Sorry for the silence. But I am busy. Over the coming days, I intend to republish some old (but still very relevant) blog posts. Thank you for visiting ..read more
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The limiting factor lies within me, and not the landscape
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by Bruce Percy
1M ago
It's a classic view these days. But I am always amazed at how beautiful lago Pehoe is. I’ve been coming to Torres now for 21 years. It's gone by in a blink. It’s an old friend and in a way, I feel i’ve grown up with it. Sometimes I’ve found I have been in sync with it, other times I’ve felt that Torres del Paine’s difficult weather, and stubborn wilderness has left me realising it will never be tamed. That I will never be able to capture it when the full force of its dramatic weather systems takes a hold on the landscape. Other times, like in this picture, it’s peaceful and easy to work with ..read more
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Anticipation at Laguna Armaga
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by Bruce Percy
1M ago
On the recent tour to Torres del Paine, we spent three mornings attempting a sunrise shot of Laguna Armaga. The first two mornings we came here, we could not see the famous Torres (towers) which we of course, had all been anticipating. Instead, I got this shot; We had a bit of rain, and low lying cloud. It was ‘socked in’, quite heavily, and I’ve been in so many similar situations, that I now know to embrace it. Even though, it has taken me quite a few years to come to this understanding. Anticipation cannot be avoided. We are, by nature beings that when we are not living in the past, we are ..read more
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Lençóis Maranhenses Participant images
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by Bruce Percy
1M ago
I thought it might be nice to ask everyone on my last Lençóis Maranhenses tour if I could publish some of their images. I had intended them for my newsletter, but after some thinking, I felt it would be more suitable for this blog. Everyone sent me a three to ten images or so. I appreciate that many did not send me them as an intended portfolio, but because it is something I am passionate about, I would like to discuss their edits in the context of portfolios. In my view, even when images aren’t intended to be part of the same set, by grouping unrelated images together, we can learn a lot. Som ..read more
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Kingdom
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by Bruce Percy
1M ago
I’ve been meaning to write some reviews of three books I received recently, but due to work commitments, I’ve just not got round to it until now. I have the new book by Paul Wakefield to review (big fan of Paul’s landscape work) and also a new book by my Romanian friend Dorin Bofan. Which is also a very beautiful book. I hope to get round to writing reviews of these two titles over the summer. But today I’d like to start with Norman McCloskey’s Kingdom book which I received late last year. I wrote to Norman at the time (I did not know him) to congratulate him for such a beautiful design. I hav ..read more
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Atmosphere
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by Bruce Percy
2M ago
I’m asked on occasion, which images currently represent where I’m at, artistically. It’s the kind of question I personally love, as I do tend to reflect a lot about where I’m at creatively speaking, and it is perhaps the basis for most of the posts you read on this blog. I think as a creative, we should always find surprise in our work. A pleasure from finding that we have reached some location in our creativity that we feel we have not been before. I am not so sure that this happens as much when you are perhaps twenty years down the line in your own photography: progress is not linear for su ..read more
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Forthcoming e-book about aspect ratio composition
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by Bruce Percy
2M ago
I wrote an ebook many years ago about aspect ratios. It was a topic very dear to my heart at the time, because most of the cameras available a decade ago were strictly 3:2. It is my opinion that 3:2 is a difficult ratio to compose in, and it is perhaps the no.1 reason for many folks struggling with composition. So back around 2011 I wrote a very short e-Book about it. In it, I advocated for cameras that allowed the user to work in ratios that are a little easier to work in (4:5 and 6:7 for instance). Forthcoming new e-Book about composing using different aspect ratios We didn’t have mirrorles ..read more
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Gaucho shoot is complete
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by Bruce Percy
3M ago
This past week I spend time around Torres del Paine national park visiting six gauchos with my friends Alberto (L) and Sabine (C) in the photo below. One of the gauchos - Daniel is pictured right. It’s been great to re-connect with Alberto and Sabine. Alberto was my driver for many years running my Torres del Paine Patagonian tour, and Sabine has been my guide around three, maybe four times. When I wrote to her earlier this year, I simply just said ‘I would like to go photograph some gauchos, and wondered if you are free for three or four days?’. She is a full time mum now, but she kindly put ..read more
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Hosé Paillacar, Gaucho, Patagonia
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by Bruce Percy
3M ago
This is my first day back in Patagonia in more than six years. My last trip here was in 2018. I’m staying in the lovely little town of Puerto Natales, and for the next four days I will be making photographs of Gauchos (Chilean Cowboys). Shot with my iPhone, Tuesday April 23rd 2024 I’ve been dreaming about making some portraits now for quite some time, and I remember talking to my good friend Sabine who lives here about doing a special trip to make photos of gauchos. That was as far back as 2016. It has taken this long to decide to do this. I have a week off between tours, and so I figured I s ..read more
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More on Airports and X-rays
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by Bruce Percy
3M ago
I’m away for just over a month, and will be in Brazil, Chile and Bolivia. Lagoon shooting, Brazil 2024. Image courtesy of John Motzi. I’ve managed to get through all the airports so far without having my films scanned and I’ve found the best way to do this is to collect / un-box all the films and put them into sealable bags, so they can be seen easily. I have also chosen to make sure that there are a lot of 800 ISO films in the bags, as this seems to make the decision easier for the x-ray staff as to whether to scan or hand-search the films. For most of the staff, I found showing an ISO 800 ..read more
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