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David James Coxsell
25 March 2011 @ 12:50 pm

Well I have been neglecting this blog for some time now so I felt I should write about what I have been up to.

Instead of posting all my inspirational material here I have opened a tumblr account which I find very useful for storing a wide range of inspirational material from pictures, videos and quotes. It is also a great networking tool to get some of my personal work seen by others also. You can follow me over at http://davidjamescoxsell.tumblr.com/

I have also been attempting to arrange shoots as I really need to keep creating new work as well as working to earn a living which also enables me to purchase more equipment to continue doing what I do. However everything is just not that easy and getting a team together at little expense turns out to be very tricky. Just really need that winning lottery ticket so I can pay everyone I work with lol. Still I am now in the process of arranging meetings and contacting model agencies to try and bridge the tricky situation where un-reliable models cancel a shoot last minute. One meeting I am hoping will be a very interesting outcome with a new up-coming magazine publication :)

I have also been submitting bites of advice to a newly established site called http://www.gurubites.com. I can see this site doing very well in the very near future and they have already had a great start by promoting the site in colleges and universities. Anyone can submit a Guru Bite so if you yourself have anything to share, then send them an email and get involved.

In the real world of working I have had the pleasure of touring with bands such as My Chemical Romance and Thirty Seconds To Mars. As much as that sounds amazing it can be very frustrating with all the travel and lugging around of the equipment I have to set up. I have also been involved with setting up Drum & Bass/Raves and other events and I may have an exciting opportunity to learn more about the sound and video production side of it all, which I feel may also be beneficial to my personal work.

Well not much else for now but I’m sure I will have some new work to show soon.

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David James Coxsell
21 December 2010 @ 09:29 pm

I recently came across the portfolio of Swedish Photographer Denise Grünstein. Below are some of the images that intrigued me into looking at more of her work and feeling all the more inspired.

What first drew my attention was the possible inspirations from movies such as ‘The Strangers’ and the way the images seem haunting. I can easily be attach these to my own memories of dark fairy tales, and recent research on the use of fantasy in today’s media. Here I feel the images although sometimes dark and haunting also represent the romance often described in the world of fairy tales. Some of her other work instantly reminded me of one of my favourite Photographers Tim Walker. Check out more of here work here.

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David James Coxsell
21 December 2010 @ 04:06 pm

Sometimes I just get the camera out and randomly experiment to pass the time. Here are the results of some shots taken whilst on a long journey home from Edinburgh. I was using at a high ISO setting on my D300 just as it was getting dark (Converted into B&W using Lightroom). The later colour images were done using longer shutter speeds in order to create random patterns from the available light sources. Sometimes I purposely moved the camera in random directions also. All images were taken through the passenger window whilst moving.

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David James Coxsell
03 December 2010 @ 04:56 pm

Just over a week ago Kate Moore asked me to take some pet portraits for a local group of volunteers founded by John Wright who take it upon themselves to save dogs who have been put on Death Row at local pounds. Kate also raises money towards animal causes by drawing pet portraits which can be seen on her website (K8′s Pawtraits).  The images I have taken will be used to create posters and in newspapers in order to find theses dogs a safe new home.

A little research I did which may not be relevant to all dog pounds but was rather disturbing to hear mentioned that some of these dogs may have simply been put on death row because they were picked up as strays and no one has come forward to claim them. Often it may be a case where if a dog hasn’t been claimed within seven days then they are put to sleep to make way for the countless numbers of other dogs being taken in. In other cases some may have been deemed unsuitable for re-homing but with a bit patience and the right amount of training these dogs can make wonderful pets and become a welcome addition to any family. It was with great pleasure that I was able to help out by producing some images to help find theses dogs a safe new home.

It is my belief and I would like to believe that others view this situation the same way as me that it is the owners of these dogs who are to blame in a majority of cases. Pets all over the world are being put to sleep everyday because owners abandon, no longer want or don’t care for their pets correctly. Why should these animals suffer when they have not done anything wrong or haven’t been trained appropriately?

John Wright also offers a range of courses to help with your pets behavior to help them become a well mannered part of the family. You can read more about his courses here (The Wright K-9 Academy).

If you would like to help re-home, make a donation and help any of these dogs then please contact John Wright on 07527 652706 all homes will need to be checked.

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David James Coxsell
21 November 2010 @ 03:47 pm

The images below are a showcase of results through following tutorials that can easily be found online and via ebooks. Following and attempting tutorials is something I still do today, even though today I seem to be more interested in tutorials for advanced skin retouching rather than manipulation techniques.

When I first started out I would sit down for hours experimenting and creating what I could as I went along. I would follow tutorials and then implement what I had learned into creating my own works of digital art. I would find sources online from stock sites and then I eventually started creating my own source material when I purchased my first DSLR a Nikon D70. When I started capturing my own sources a passion for my camera and photography enlightened me to take Photography further and learn more about the art and process of Photographic techniques.

As you may see from previous posts my personal work was of an alternative nature which was mainly influenced by my own surroundings at that time. This included Music, new found friends, my partner and her alternative modeling, other photographers and especially my weirdest pal Bob. All of this was also combined together through my first online networking membership over at a blogging site known as Live Journal.

Next Post: My first Photographic Course

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David James Coxsell
20 November 2010 @ 06:15 pm

Sorry for the delay in writing this up as it was quite a challenge finding out old images from my archive to help illustrate my posts.

The next steps of my Journey were more influential rather than practical and I met a few faces who were mainly in to Gothic and Alternative Art-Photography. My partner Sam who took on the alias of Tragic Wrath was scouted by a Birmingham based artist called Dave Charsley who works under the branding of Decline Gothica. Sam attended a range of photo shoots often with a group of other models in order to capture stock type imagery for Dave to digitally manipulate. Dave has a certain style and approach to his work which has gained him a close following of fans over the years and he has worked with a wide range of models whilst doing so. Having chaperoned Sam on her shoots I also met some other great photographers like Matt Miller, Elizabeth Stanton, Photos With Attitude and Draken. Each and every shoot I closely monitored the way the photographers worked, including lighting, direction and communication.

With the inspirations I had picked up I started working with stock imagery available from sites such as Deviant Art and stock.xchng to create some digital manipulated work myself. Sometimes Photographers who had worked with Sam allowed me to use some of the images they had taken to play about with also.

Here are some examples of images made entirely of stock imagery.

My next post will showcase images I created via tutorials that enabled me to get to grips with even more powerful tools within Photoshop.

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David James Coxsell
27 October 2010 @ 04:32 pm

Carrying on from yesterday and making the leap from Music to Imaging I feel it’s always good to look back at images you made a good while ago. So I will be blogging over the next few days about my imaging past and my journey so far.

I started out making imagery from other peoples photos and before you ask YES I did use other peoples images at first. Little did I know back then about image copyright and the type of infringements I was committing, but I have to admit it was the first steps that got me to where I am today and one of the processes where I taught myself a lot about layouts and photoshop manipulation.

What started as a project to replace a crappy old cardboard DVD case (the ones with horrid plastic clips on the sides) turned in to a hobby where a community of online people took it upon themselves to create alternative cover designs for DVD packaging. I believe this still goes on today and if you search for Covers made by someone with the alias of spida-x, you may just find some other designs I created.

Here are a few below.

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David James Coxsell
26 October 2010 @ 02:09 pm

I don’t usually write a lot about myself but today I was randomly patrolling the web and was thinking of my past Musical projects. Believe it or not before I met my partner Sam I was into all sorts of Pop and Dance music. When I met Sam she introduced me to Rock/Metal and the almighty band Slipknot. From there on my passion for Metal grew and a few years later I was involved with a couple of bands as lead vocalist. The latest was Blood Red Horizon taking on a flavour of inspiration from bands such as Carcass, Kataklysm and many more (http://www.myspace.com/brhmetaluk)

Unfortunately the bands never got around to gigging, partially due to the fact we never had a full line up and members of the band also had other commitments. I do miss it sometimes as it was a different way of expressing views as a collective group of people as well as individually.

Another project from a completely different genre came about whilst completing a sound and image module at University. I can’t actually play any instruments properly although I have a guitar, bass and a keyboard. I do however use them now and again and strum/play anything that comes into my own head. Using these instruments and midi sounds through the keyboard I constructed some musical sounds that were put together with some moving image pieces which can be seen in the Film section of my main website. I also put them up on myspace if anyone would like to have a listen http://www.myspace.com/djcoxsell.

Two completely different genres and sounds but they do have similarities in a strange way. The dark thoughts that go through my have been transformed into both mellow and heavy genres which I feel reflect upon the way I have dealt with my personal life. Anger, pain, loneliness, freedom and being able to let go are just some of my personal emotional experiences I try to express. Admittedly not always very well, but I always try and find a way that helps me to either avoid or face my thoughts in the best way I can.

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David James Coxsell
25 October 2010 @ 03:33 pm

When I’m not editing my own images or getting the camera out I like to spruce up my retouching skills and learn new techniques to get a desired look for the image. I have been steering away from the blurring techniques I used to use and recently came across a technique called split frequency. In my opinion it’s not really a substitute for techniques such as Dodge & Burn and healing. It does work wonders for tricky hairs however.

The following images were supplied by various people at the Forums over at Model Mayhem. One thing I can truly say is that a nice crisp clean and very well detailed image is really essential for beauty retouching. Keeping texture and detail in images that are slightly noisy, out of focus proves very difficult without looking like a blurring technique has been used.

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Image 1 supplied by Photographer Bill Jones

Image 2 supplied by Mae LR

Image 3-4 supplied by Kelly Ealy

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David James Coxsell
20 October 2010 @ 08:15 pm
I will be syncing my blog over at my latest website http://www.davidjamescoxsell.co.uk with Livejournal as I have neglected my LJ account for some time now.

I returned to an area which I stumbled upon whilst treasure hunting with my Partner Sam. She takes part in a world wide tracking game called geocaching and I sometimes end up helping her to find the caches (Treasure) which are hidden in various locations. Some simple, some hard but sometimes they may just take you to an interesting area as it did on this occasion.

What I thought was going to be your standard council nature reserve turned out be something quite different and I hope to use the location for a shoot sometime soon.

You can view a gallery with more pics at http://www.davidjamescoxsell.co.uk/Recce/MC_Woods/index.html

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