Simply Hastings by James Ratchford

Underneath the promenade of Hastings and St. Leonards are countless areas of shelter. Some of which are home to regular visits from eccentric and interesting individuals. I wanted to use the repetition and contrast to draw the viewers eye to the small area of the subjects hand with cigarette.  

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Broken by James Ratchford

Margate in Kent has one of England’s lowest unemployment rates and beneath the surface of the sunny, sandy beach and pretty old quarter it doesn’t take much to see the hardship. On the other side of these broken windows, is an attractive Victorian Shelter on the seafront where several homeless people were wrapped in blankets, trying to keep themselves warm. I wanted to capture the essence of the town in an image, a mixture of struggle and natural beauty. I have changed the photograph to black and white and brought out the contrast to emphasise the cracks in the windows.

Not the whole picture by James Ratchford

I'm aware that my last image was in a similar style, however I have been contemplating the idea of not showing the whole of an image. I have been deciding for a while how to crop this picture of two people a bike and stairs in Brighton and felt that this creates a certain element of added curiousity, with the lines and mood.

Brighton Beach by James Ratchford

I'm sorting through some images for an exhibition later in the year and have decided to use images with minimal lines and lots of contrast. This photograph was taken at Brighton beach during one of last year's lowest tidal days. 

Hike in the stars by James Ratchford

The snow was low, so instead of skiing we hiked up through the sun and reached an abandoned restaurant by dusk; an honesty box proffered chocolates and beer. Wrapped in blankets we watched the stars start to shine. On our way down the scenery was so stunning I had to stop and take a few photographs. 

Harvest by James Ratchford

The rolling hills at Lordington were quite a spectacle, lavender lines to wonder the senses. Shame it has to be harvested at some point, but I'm glad I witnessed it before it was all taken away.  

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African Drummers by James Ratchford

On Friday I went and photographed the African Drummers at Brighton's Fringe festival. They were totally incredible, so much energy and charisma, go and watch it. 

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Contractions by Mike Bartlett by James Ratchford

Over the past week I have been fortunate enough to watch four shows for free at the Brighton Fringe festival. I took some photographs of this theatrical play by Mike Bartlett. This manager is putting on rubber gloves to inspect the coffin of an employees child. I guess you aught to watch it to find out more.  

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Fisher Framers by James Ratchford

I have recently been creating a website for a framers as part of my digital media apprenticeship in Lewes. This is one of the images that I took for the new site. I wanted a raw and crafty feel for the header image that shouts framers. 

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Barn by James Ratchford

On a glorious walk through Sussex, I noticed this old barn and loved how the rule of thirds made this really interesting to look at.

Spring in Lewes by James Ratchford

For the next year I will be taking part on a Digital Marketing Manager apprenticeship in Lewes, East Sussex. The Southover Gardens in Lewes are a real gem. This is a fantastic place for me to unwind on my break and take in the beautiful nature and flowers

My apprenticeship involves photography, web design and many aspects of business. I hope to progress with my web design and start wowing people in other area's whilst using my photography as my main skill.

Glad to be back by James Ratchford

With spring well under way and the glorious sun shining I feel privileged to live around the corner from such a beauty spot. The majority of the South Coast of England is pretty magical, Beachy Head takes my breath away without fail every time.