In interviewing Bread and Shutter for this article, I learned he is a man of few words who prefers to let his images speak for him.
He considers himself to have been in photography training for 20 years.
Not at university, school or college, but through experience, on film sets, TV shows and adverts.
His photographs have a definite recognizable character and style. His colored gauze series, for example is stylized by the character of light and pose. His underwater shot and the photo of the woman with the golden retriever have a mood which is notably painterly.
Barry has won the POTD – Picture of the Day – contest on MM three times in the last 30 days.
Quite the neat feat, that.
He is self described as
“East End as cockles and jellied eels, as down to earth as they come and his photographic icon is, not surprisingly, the late, great Terence Donovan.”
It’s only since April, 2006 that he decided he wanted to add stills photography to his professional CV ( Curriculum Vitae, or Resume in American ).
In less than a year he went from strength to strength through a combination of being in the right place at the right time, and good old-fashioned hard work.
Some feel he is just an opportunist, taking advantage of being on film sets – and he has been involved with some huge productions, including the Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies; but, he started taking pictures far earlier underwater on his Nikonos V underwater film camera, just for fun.
In fact, it was his website, see link below, that has given him the kick-start he desperately wanted.
And being on a tight budget where he could not afford to pay to have someone build the site for him, it was a website he spent hundreds of hours sitting at his desk at home building, night after night.
“Anyway, I am not the sort who relies on others too much.
I am very much a hands-on, learn by the seat of your pants kind of person.
Barry feels it’s this go-getter attitude, combined with his determination to succeed, that has given him the upper hand.
The shot of the woman wrapped in the mustard colored veil was basically lit with a couple of studio flash heads and soft boxes, plus a couple of reflectors and negative fill, and shot against a plain black background.
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