I’m James Lomax, The Walking Photographer.
When I first started my web site I used it more like a notebook than an internet platform. I didn’t like what I thought was the hype, nonsense and dumbed down interaction goals of everyone else and didn’t pursue them. I thought a photograph or article should stand on its own terms not because it’s getting linked to and voted up or down. I liked having a quiet site because I’d seen so much nonsense on the internet and wanted to avoid it.
My writing has changed a great deal and used to include short semi academic pieces which sometimes lacked focus as I wrote them to continue university interests. There’s a vast amount of material here, some of it written years ago which I would now edit very thoroughly or not write at all.
Similarly with my photography, I now specialise in mountain and outdoors work coinciding with my hobby. Years ago again, I used to pursue other subjects.
It’s only recently I joined Facebook and Twitter and finally understood this is what everyone’s doing:: the ‘interaction’ I scorned, the linking, voting, subscribing get an audience activity without which a site or blog stays quiet. Without the click, without the comment you make yourself, you won’t go back to that site. It is ridiculous – consider how that compares to the value of a book and surely an essay or photo gallery is book-like? No it isn’t, not on the internet.
No one cares about your photograph – not really – when you consider the above. The electronic VDU does not facilitate sustained interest or subtle thinking. What we all want is the click, the vote, your own comment, feeling you are part of a conversation not reading a book.
My web site is a diary, gallery and catalogue which I now use as the basis for publication material I’m developing offline.
You can buy my photographs (contact me) and I’ll shortly be adding further products. I’ve started working with video too. I guess this sums me up:
BA (Hons) Literature and Psychology, PGCE (FE), MA Creative Technology, MA Photography. In my first MA degree I researched the photographic aesthetic to inform my projects in multimedia and video. Ooh complicated words on the internet…I’m afraid so, yes.
In my second MA in Photography I undertook major projects in environmental portraiture and jazz music, and mountain photography. Some of that material is archived here.
I’ve previously taught English, basic ICT, and for one good year taught photography in both schools and adult (FE) education. Then the tutor came back after maternity leave and I’ve been stuck in a dreadful corporate environment run by politicians who don’t describe themselves as such where your only function is to serve the system: not to think, question or improve any part of it. I’m resisting the temptation to read Marx and getting sent to hospital for hypertension. I plan to read George Orwell’s 1984 again to see what I missed the first time.
I’m featured in this book:
And this is me photographing in Manchester; someone had snapped me for a change:
High quality prints at approximately 11” x 8” for £15 (A4), and 16” x 10” for £25 (A3). Prices include postage and packing, different sizes available by special arrangement.
My photographs are produced with care at every stage. I make technical Photoshop adjustments only, replicating traditional darkroom techniques. I use a Canon 5D and L Series lenses.
To purchase my images as digital files or web-ready graphics contact me to discuss format, licensing and fees.
If you like my work and have a project in mind, short or long term, contact me as below.
Lake District photography and Pyrenees photography are where my greatest interests lie. I’ve also got 60,000 words I’m playing around with.
Facebook and all that groovy stuff:
Twitter and all that loony stuff:
YouTube and all that video stuff:
james r lomax [at] yahoo [dot] com
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james robert lomax