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The Present: pick of week 1 of 52 Weeks at Redeye

Redeye's Paul Herrmann presents his pick of the photos submitted for the first week of the 52 Weeks at Redeye challenge on Flickr - images responding to the title The Present.

This month's image review is Anne Marie Atkinson's 'By Family Farm Land', 2012. Review by Richard Mulhearn

I have chosen an image from the project 'The Rugged Places’. What draws me to this work, is the clear connection Atkinson has with her subject, and the sense of collaboration and shared voice she engenders to open out a narrative around the experience of growing up in a rural environment.

Ten New Year's resolutions for photographers

By all means go on a diet and learn to meditate, but why not choose something that will really help your work? Here are ten smart and straightforward New Year's resolutions that will benefit your photographic career, suggested by Redeye's director Paul Herrmann. Most of them will take a day or two, or less, to achieve.

Portfolio image review of the month by Helen James: Louise Astbury "About Him 07"

All sorts of people appear in photographic portraits. Often we are given clues to the identity of the subject. Backgrounds can indicate character traits, give clues to profession or status. Sometimes we can see that the photograph is conceptual and the person we see is representing something we need to think about through their gestures, portrayal or stance. Perhaps identity has been stripped of its specific individuality and somehow conceptualized, prescribed to direct our thoughts to what the photographer is visually ‘up to’.

Meet a Redeye member - Ian Maxwell

For this month's Meet a Redeye member we catch up with Ian Maxwell.

How did you get into photography?

Portfolio image review of the month by Len Grant: Daniel Shiel "Lido"

Choose an image from the portfolio, they said. And so I trawled, imagining I might be a client, a commissioner, challenging the drop-down menus to find me a photographer I might write about.

That single thumbnail has to do so much. The viewer needs to be curious enough to click through to the portfolio and then, hopefully, onto a website or Flickr page.

Meet a Redeye member - John Merrill

For this month's Meet a Redeye member we catch up with John Merrill.

How did you get into photography?

Portfolio image review of the month by Stephen Snoddy: Peter Mearns "China CONTROL - Mao"

What struck me immediately about Peter Mearns' image was the structural similarity to Velazquez’s Las Meninas, painted more than 400 years ago. We have an image divided into three distinct ‘bands’ or ‘grounds’ - foreground, middleground and background.

Meet a Redeye Member - Jan Fyfe

For this month's Meet a Redeye Member we catch up with Jan Fyfe.

How did you get into photography?

I have been interested in photography since my teenage years and dabbled in a number of short photographic courses in my early 20s. Photography then took a back seat until 10 years ago when I went back to college to do a basic photo course and became hooked once more. I followed this with an A Level, a BA and then an MA in 2011. I am presently studying for a practice-led PhD at MMU.

Portfolio image review of the month by Stephen Clarke: Geoff Crossley ‘My Father's House Christmas Past’

The act of photographing the same place at different points in time is referred to as rephotography. It is particularly associated with the Rephotographic Survey project that was conceived by the American photographer Mark Klett. Klett’s project was ambitious as he and a team of photographers retraced the steps of the nineteenth century government survey team that had photographed the grand landscapes of the American West. Time was sandwiched between two images, one taken in the past and one in the present.

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