Photographer and Visual Artist

Test Shoots & Recce

Experimental Snap Shots

Sometimes I just get the camera out and randomly experiment to pass the time. Here are the results of some shots taken whilst on a long journey home from Edinburgh. I was using at a high ISO setting on my D300 just as it was getting dark (Converted into B&W using Lightroom). The later colour images were done using longer shutter speeds in order to create random patterns from the available light sources. Sometimes I purposely moved the camera in random directions also. All images were taken through the passenger window whilst moving.

Recce MC-Woods

Today I returned to an area which I stumbled upon whilst treasure hunting with my Partner Sam. She takes part in a world wide tracking game called geocaching and I sometimes end up helping her to find the caches (Treasure) which are hidden in various locations. Some simple, some hard but sometimes they may just take you to an interesting area as it did on this occasion.

What I thought was going to be your standard council nature reserve turned out be something quite different and I hope to use the location for a shoot sometime soon.

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Futuristic White on White

Today I helped out a couple of second year fashion designers at Birmingham City University (Rachel Cogley and Isla Skelton). My brief was simple, they wanted a clean shot white on white. So here are a few of the results.

Purton Hulks

Before I do a location based shoot I always like to visit the place before hand to get a feel of whats available. The only problem however is the weather as it is often very different on the actual day of the shoot. This really defies doing any test shots in my opinion as different lighting techniques may be needed upon the day to get the style we want. Well that British weather for you I guess.

Anyhow this place is absolutely awesome. Upon arrival it felt as if we were in the middle of nowhere, it was a very secluded place. Will definitely be needing wellies or work boats for the return trip as the mud is really soft in most areas.

These boats have all been banked upon the sides of the River Severn in Purton to help stop the powerful force of the river eroding the banks and merging with a very close by canal.

Enjoy the pics.

Future Projects in motion

There are a range of projects I want to get involved in and wish to complete but so many things can hold you back whilst your at Uni. You may all be led to believe that Uni is supposed to allow you to spread your wings and be creative but within my experience it seems to be opposite. Maybe it’s the way I have approached it, but as of yet I have been shooting mini projects some of which I will not be submitting as I don’t feel that the subject calls for much research due to the concepts being so plain. Even then I would just be repeating myself from previous projects which have been done in a similar way. It would be nice to just actually be able to just get on and do it and let the results say what they need to. Understandably however the evidence is needed to show that I understand as to what I am trying to achieve and to ensure that the work I am producing is of my own.

©David James Coxsell - Apocalypse Style Recce Shot from a recent day out location scouting.

Saying that I have managed to meet some interesting people who I will be working with on various conceptual projects over the next couple of months. One very creative person is Fashion Stylist Sammy Karpf as we will be exploring the theme of Post Apocalypse from three different angles. The main link between all the angles we will be taking is humanity’s own involvement in the degradation of our own environment causing the possible extinction of life as we know it or showcasing a struggle to survive. What will we become? is one subject of a shoot in discussion. It will be based on a future half humanoid half fish species evolving after the effects of pollution and over fishing of our seas. This can also be related to historical symbolism of the fish including the half fish half man God known as ‘Dagon’ and also the many fact that show how important and symbolic fish are in our lives including health and religion. I’m very excited to be involved with these projects and working with a good team of people is proving to be successful. We are able to bounce ideas off each other and locations have been springing into mind quite easily when a solid idea is in place. Having done one shoot already with Sammy the results are looking great and I can hopefully post more about that particular shoot soon.

Freeway - Movie based around the original concept of Little Red Riding Hood

Other projects on the horizon include my own modern re-telling of Little Red Riding Hood (LRRH). I aim to bring the story into a modern light using Photography as my main medium to illustrate and tell a story relating to current cultural subjects. This has of course been done before in many attempts such as the movie ‘Freeway‘  staring Reese Witherspoon and Kiefer Sutherland. ‘The Silence Of The Lambs‘ staring Anthony Hopkins is also said to be based around the original concept of LRRH.

My dissertation studies enabled me to look back to when such Fairytales as LRRH & Hansel & Gretel among many others were first told. Most of these tales are still around today thanks to collectors such as The Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault who recorded the tales in their literal form. For many years these tales were told orally and it is said that Charles Perrault was the first to actually write the story of LLRH. However it is evidenced that the story was cut, changed and edited to meet the targeted audience of his work. It is also argued that his rendition of LRRH is the first story to have a cross audience of both child and adult meeting different demands in a different context. Children would grow with the tale, seeing and understanding different elements within it as they matured. Since then many adaptations of the story and other fairy-tales have been written and adapted to many different forms of media. Sometimes edited and edited again to meet the required audience and reflect upon the current cultural status of that time.

As well as future projects I have upcoming exhibitions at the Custard Factory, The Wild Building in Digbeth and of course the final year show at Birmingham City University. I will post more on these later.

I also have some prints for sale in the CiB shop (Created In Birmingham) opposite the Apple Store in Birmingham’s iconic Bullring. These include some texture prints and prints of images taken whilst location scouting of the surrounding areas of Birmingham. Be sure to pop by and check the shop out, there are plenty of creative items for sale there you may just like.