And spoke with fellow member about them:
"You could see whilst he was out on jobs that Russ' mind was split over his two loves, taking photographs and drumming. He'd begin tapping rhythms on anything and with anything, occasionally driving you a little insane in the process. I have fond memories of this from a road trip to belgium we made 3 years ago today.
It never really came as that much of a surprise when Russ sold on his camera gear, packed up his gig with an agency and went full time with the band. They seemed like they were going places. They were getting a good bit of airplay on the radio and it seemed the right move as he would always be able to come back to photography, where music seemed more of a young mans game.
He continued his interest in photography through documenting the band. He was using an Olympus XA that I gave him and with film I supplied him with after his own camera kicked the bucket. But even tho the band was heading in the right direction money is a different matter and you could sense that he was hesitant to spend a lot of money on the film process which was an ever spiralling cost as labs closed down left right and centre in the city.
His work now is different to that which he was shooting on film. You can sense there's more risks being taken, he's not worrying about the costs, he's experimenting with things and not afraid of failure as it has no real cost. He's having fun and I feel it's almost like he's found photography again through this new digital camera he's purchased. And fair play to him as I'm personally loving the results that he's coming up with.
I think it's interesting to say all of this and see how a new camera can sometimes invigorate your senses and give you a new lease of life, which goes against the constant hammering from people that it's not always about the gear.
And whilst it's true that it isn't always about the gear, sometimes it is. Sometimes it can be a limiting factor in being able to do what you need to do and I'm glad Russ has found this out and was able to remove it.
Here's to Russ two loves. I hope the relationship continues for years to come."
thoughts by , fellow Statement Member
in a previous post on G+ he talked about photographing what you know
"I'm a firm believer in photographing what is close to you, what you are interested in and what you are knowledgable about (or at least have the desire to be knowledgeable about). Sheffield falls into all of these categories for me, but I've never really considered it as a subject before now...
"One thing I know, is that whilst I'm interested in the City, I don't really hold it dear to me like many others I know do. I didn't weep when the city's own twin towers fell and I couldn't care less about protecting so called city landmarks such as the park hill flats. These things never represented the place I called home for me, and never will do."
Statement members and have been photographing weddings as a way to help support their personal work for a couple of years now.
they've put some of their thoughts on photographing the big day's on our site:
Q) How would you like us to use G+ when sharing our work?
1) Share full essays.
2) Sharing outtakes but link into the full essay on our website.
3) Sharing links but with additional insight or commentary.
4) We don't mind as long as you're sharing content more frequently that you do at the moment.
Statement Images is a photographic collective with a curiosity for the world which they wish to explore through imagery, whether still or moving. The primary objective of the collective is to offer a support framework to it’s members and to encourage collaborations and knowledge sharing.
The collective launched in 2009 and aims to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing industry by supporting its members and helping them bring visual stories with purpose to a wider audience.
The statementimages.co.uk website will act as an outlet for works of members as well as offering them a space to discuss photography as a whole.
The work on this website will consist of multimedia slide shows, videos and photographic essays based around many different subjects from social documentary, sports to fashion and portraiture.
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