Saturday, 29 June 2013

My Photography June 2013

Sometimes I believe images should speak for themselves – other times that there is a story behind every image.

I grew up in Edinburgh and I now live north of Glasgow (as well as ten years in America) which I hope give me unique perspectives. I am a writer, artist and musician. I read mostly music related book and articles. I play piano and my children are all musicians.
In 2004 and 2006 I took photos at gigs and festivals and re-discovered my passion for art, words and music that I had lost over the years. I realised that a good photo was mostly about having a good eye, while good equipment is like having good tools! 

I received good feedback for my photography and I worked on developing my craft and skills. I took images of several up-and-coming artists in Scotland who are now signed to Major Labels. One of these was Emeli Sande, who in 2012 went on to big things with her album Our Version of Events. I took photos at her ep launch at the Oran Mor Glasgow in December 2007 when she had much bigger hair and these photos were used in her promotions over the next few years. 

MY PHOTOGRAPHY is about creative & alternative style, natural light, composition and photo journalism. My focus is looking for good light and specifically on portraiture. I admire the photographers Mario Testino, Eve Arnold and David Bailey. I aim to mix the old with the new and capture moods such as quiet moments of inner reflection.

My images have been used in print media worldwide and online by major publications and media that include – Daily Mail, Financial Times, The List, The Sun, BBC, News Group Newspapers Limited. Also for album artwork, authors promotions and more. I distribute for editorial purposes. Supplied images to artists promotions such as Emeli Sande (my photos were used for her promotions back n 2008 and 2009 before she was famous).

As a freelance photographer I cover festivals, concerts and events. I submit work to major websites and festivals, press, artists promotions, album art work, theatre and events. My work has included the Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Ballet, Celtic Connections, Manchester Jazz Festival (MJF) and concerts such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Snow Patrol.
Emerging artists I have photographed who are now signed to major labels - Emeli Sande, Hurts, Lau, Warpaint, Everything Everything, James Blake, Django Django, Admiral Fallow, Metronomy, Head and Heart, Broken Records, Miles Kane, Low Anthem, more. A live album shoot in Manchester for Kirsty McGee and Mat Martin.

Writers I admire – Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Steinbeck, Somerset Maugham. I adore piano and perfect voices – also Mozart, Chopin, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, George Harrison, Paul Simon.
I admire painters – Van Gogh, Manet, Lucian Freud. I write poetry and songs. I play piano and I write on music mostly.
I hope to pursue more portrait work while still covering live gigs, events and festivals. More recently my writing has become very important for me and my work for a book on art and music.

Music/ Events/ Portraits/
Pauline Keightley Photography
Music and Portrait Photography
Emeli Sande, Celtic Connections, Edinburgh Festival,