Ming Thein | Photographer

In China…

In China…

…I will be, from 21/2 until 24/2 – please excuse slow replies as I have no idea how restrictive the Great Firewall is going to be. I will of course deal with email, comments and posts as soon as I can. However, posts will continue as normal, thanks to the power of scheduling. 🙂 MT

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Photoessay: Reflections on Prague

Photoessay: Reflections on Prague

Today’s series of images is both literal, and not – what’s there is clearly defined, but what’s clearly defined is the product of a little optics and imagination. I’m always drawn to these kinds of subjects because they’re both not literal or ordinary, and of course use the best strengths of the photographic nature of […]

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Repost: The idea of a ‘5’, or that extra element

Repost: The idea of a ‘5’, or that extra element

Stairway to heaven. In the larger version it’s clear the solitary figure is elderly; we’ve got the manmade foreground/environment to emerge from, and the metaphorical representation of utopia in blue sky/perfect clouds… After the last few posts on ideas, projects and distillation, I thought it’d be a good idea to revisit this earlier article around how to take things […]

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Project-photoessay: Gravitation is relative

Project-photoessay: Gravitation is relative

Following on from the previous article on the process of turning an idea into an image – I thought it’d make sense to present another completed ‘idea’ for reference. Gravitation is relative was a day-project conceived with two students from the Prague Masterclass last year; our talent happened to be the 2016 Czech National Pole […]

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Turning an idea into an image

Turning an idea into an image

Alienation and transience in Prague, I Today’s article has proven to be another one of those significant challenges to write, once again for reasons of limitations of language to describe visual elements. On top of that, there are three conceptual leaps that have to be made: abstract idea, to descriptive language/ elements to characterise and […]

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Photoessay: Dissolving Prague

Photoessay: Dissolving Prague

Today’s series is a continuation (and partial overlap of) the Through the looking glass post of last week. It’s a little less human and a little more physical; a metaphor for a place undergoing accelerated change and perhaps a little cultural dilution at the same time, too. I can only hope that feeling of authenticity […]

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Curating to a theme

Curating to a theme

Images chosen from past exhibitions/ collections/ projects: note how they stand alone, but not together…this doesn’t necessarily make them bad…or I suppose that depends on your point of view. I’ve recently been asked by a couple of people about curation – specifically, the process I use when putting together a portfolio, photoessay, exhibition or something […]

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Photoessay: Idea of man in Prague

Photoessay: Idea of man in Prague

I see this series as a somewhat looser development of the original Idea of Man; relaxed to fit the people and where possible, looking for natives rather than visitors – insofar as a rolling cast of visitors have now become the natives. Unlike the original series, you’ll notice there are identifiable individuals in some of […]

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Balance beyond photography

Balance beyond photography

I’ve always thought there were more senses beyond the obvious physical ones – perhaps they’re synergistic, perhaps otherwise. I suppose to call it pure aesthetics would be not really accurate, either – but the upshot is of course a result that is either pleasing or not. In the course of many discussions with a wide […]

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Horological-photoessay: One of your own

Horological-photoessay: One of your own

Today’s subject is a somewhat unusual one, and an esoteric one even for the horological enthusiasts in the audience. It’s not often that a creative sees the whole product gestation process through form design to photography to consumption; either it happens at the very small and private scale, or you work for Apple (or the […]

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Convergence, equivalence and the future of sensors

Convergence, equivalence and the future of sensors

Image credit: Cnet I’m sure you’ve all seen this Sony sensor size comparison chart at various fairs, on various sites, or in the simulated display (in which no sensors were harmed in the making of) at their various retail outlets. The implication, of course, is that bigger is better; look how much bigger a sensor […]

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Photoessay: Facade

Photoessay: Facade

I tend to think of these structures and images as representing the blunt end of modern architecture – they’re the somewhat generic barriers thrown up to segregate a space from the outside world in a somewhat arbitrary and identity-less manner. The spaces promise all sorts of things but in reality must be reusable and take […]

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Photoessay: Through the looking glass

Photoessay: Through the looking glass

I think of this set as Idea of Man, with inspiration by Saul Leiter. The whole thing comes together to be a little bit surreal, but more intense than you’d expect with full-fat color left in. I’ve deliberately used longer perspectives in most of these images to intensify that feeling of stacking, and having the […]

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Photoessay: Painted shadows, part I

Photoessay: Painted shadows, part I

We often talk about the painterly qualities of an image, but without the right quality of light, and to some extent, subject matter – it isn’t possible to create the same controlled contrast and muted tones that the style relies on. Fortunately, Prague in autumn has both low angle light (i.e. not that intense) but […]

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Cropping, sufficiency, resolution: take three (or, thoughts after shooting with the H6D-100c)

Cropping, sufficiency, resolution: take three (or, thoughts after shooting with the H6D-100c)

A little reframing – not as chaotic as I’d have expected… I’ve said a lot about cropping in the past, when I think it’s justified, and even a little bit about the proto-wimmelbild interpretation of recursion in composition. Bottom line: good/acceptable cropping is when the composition and restriction of edges is done deliberately and premeditatively […]

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Forum thinking, part II

Forum thinking, part II

Clarity at dusk Firstly, I’d like to say a huge thank you to everybody who contributed in the comments to the previous discussion – your ideas and support have been most helpful in clarifying my own thoughts. Fundamentally, the challenge is really one of time: how can I balance off increasing family demands against the […]

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