The Making of Mickey Mouse Emojis

Way back in May I arranged to meet my good friend Mark Petty and spend the day with him as he worked on a new screen print.

I arrived at a small industrial unit in Peckham Rye, South East London, a little early. The Sonsoles Print Studio is a where Mark creates his art.

Mark arrives, coffee in hand for us both, a good start the day.

I know Mark from our school and college days, both studying graphic design, both working in the advertising industry. But when it come to our personal work we are on separate paths. Apart for now, when my photography will document his art.

My aim for the day was a simple one, document the skill and craft it takes to create a beautiful piece of art.

This is to be the first in a series that will explore and record the Art of Craft, that I hope will come together in a celebration of arty and crafty people.

Anyway, thats enough of my waffling, here is the story of the making of Mickey Mouse Emojis

To see the full set of images please visit my website.

If you have a wall that needs a stunning piece of art visit Mark’s website.

And if you want to screen print your own masterpiece get down to Sonsoles Print Studio.


The Making of a Photo Book

In June 2014 I took a trip to Uganda to photograph the charity Soft Power Education and their work. The plan was to create a book that would showcase their work and the people connected to the charity. I have recently finished the book and self published it via Blurb.

Although this is not my first photobook, it is the first with a clear and purposeful narrative that forms a documentary about Soft Power Education. Before and after the shoot I spent a lot of time researching what kind of images I would need and how to structure and create a flow for the final book.

This is an outline of the process and the journey I took to completing my finished book. It is not a definitive, exclusive or even the correct way to approach creating a photo documentary. But it is mine.

Pre shoot: Research, research, research.

Before the trip my time dedicated to the project was split very clearly across two areas: planning the trip and research. The research was then split into two areas. Firstly the location and subject, secondly what is involved in creating a photo documentary.

Location and subject research was mainly reading travel books, web searches and talking with the charity and understanding their work. I spent a lot of time on Google Earth looking at the landscape and areas I would be visiting.

As this was to be my first major photo documentary I needed to very aware of the types of images I would need to capture. For this I found lots of invaluable resources. Some of the key and most helpful were:

• Looking at the work of other documentary photographers. There are thousands. Some of my personal heroes are Steve McCurry,
Sebastião Salgado, Martin Parr and the late Tim Hetherington to name but a few.

• Understanding the concept of photo documentary and how they are structured was also vital. I found these resources very helpful amongst others:

The Photographer’s Story by Michael Freeman

Photography (Key Concepts)

This is a very useful link to an overview of The Photo Essay from CUNY with some great examples – CUNY Photo Journalism

From this research I created a list of key photos I wanted to capture, these were:

• Establishing shot
• Close-ups
• Portraits
• Interactions
• The Clincher

These key shots would form the basic structure of my book. This is not a unique or original list, but one compiled from the various resources and information I researched.

Post Shoot.

Once I returned home, the process of editing and developing the flow of the book and layout started. For me this had 3 phases:

Phase 1: Edit of the Photos

First I worked out the overall structure of the book, each chapter and what content I wanted to include. Once I had determined this I grouped all the images I had taken accordingly.

• First Select: I did this about a month after the trip. Although I had looked through my photos and even selected some for various uses, (Social Media, the Charity etc.), I purposefully gave myself time to reflect on the trip and my time in Uganda. This select was done on the computer where I simply removed the generally poor images. These may have been poorly composed, out of focus or even irrelevant shots taken along the way.

• Second Select: I printed all the images from my first select at A5 (2 up on an A4 sheet). Then went through them and sub grouped them according to my shot list. I went through them and removed anything I didn’t feel would work in the overall story and images that were very similar or depicted the same subject.

• Third Select: I started to lay the shots from the second select out on the floor into an order that they might appear in the book (I kept all the ones I had previously removed to hand and often swapped some out). During this process I was trying to work out the story.

• Final Select: I took the selected images from the third select and flowed them in to the book layout using Indesign. Again I swapped out some of the images with ones previously removed.

Part 2: Final chapters, flow of photos, pace and rhythem

At this stage I started to work out size, grouping and order of the images on the pages of the book. I started to ask for feedback from other photographers, specifically that of other documentary photographers. I also started to work through the selected images, colour balancing and applying some minor sharpening to them. As this is a documentary I wanted the images to depict the world I witnessed exactly as it was. So I avoided retouching with the exception of one image, there was a light-flare across the subject, that had to go! However, I did not alter the scene in any way.

Part 3: Layout and production

Finally I started to develop the design of the book and prepare the artwork that would be sent to the printers.

Here is the final book.

Building Education on Blurb by Jhy Turley

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Brixham Fish Market

For me one of the most rewarding aspects of being a photographer is how it allows me to explore and record people, places and subjects that would not usually be accessible.

So when my brother, Adam, head chef at Bluebells Restaurant in Sunningdale asked me to join him and some of his chefs on a trip to Brixham Fish Market, I jumped at the offer.

He was taking his chefs down to Devon so they could see where the products they use come from, understand them and essentially respect their quality. Bluebells is a fine dining restaurant and Adam strives for perfection in every dish, so the quality of produce is paramount.

Brixham Fish Market is one of the largest in Europe. It sells mainly to wholesalers like Kingfisher, our hosts and guides for the day.

We spent the day being show around by Derek, Les and Tim from Kingfisher. We toured the different warehouses that surround the dock. Exploring rows and rows of fish fresh from the sea packed in ice. They then took us to their depot to see what happens to the fish they buy, how it is graded and processed before being distributed out all over the country. All this happens in about 30 hours from the fish leaving the water.

Here are some photos from the day:
















Thanks to @KingfisherTim@derekkingfisher and the guys at Kingfisher Brixham for showing us around.