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The Art of ShaneA Shane Aurousseau beautiful and unique prints at reasonable prices.

For a Limited period Shane Aurousseau is offering high quality prints of his art shown below at affordable prices. Prints are A3+ larger than A3. The print size is 13″ins x 19″ins or 329 mm x 483 mm. The prints are on the highest quality Innova cotton based acid free paper. They are printed using extremely long lasting pigment inks. The inks have the lasting qualities of a painting.
Each print is carefully and acuratly printed. Due to the printing time these images will never be massed produced in this format so will always be limited in quantity. Print price £60 plus postage and packing. If you would like to purchase one of these prints please email: shaneaur@gmail.com

The Icon
City Reflections
Morning Coffee
Saris
The Night Bus
The Carousel
Fiesta Chica
The Home
The Wish
Yesteryear
Ghosts of Yesteryear
Glass Houses
The Gateway
The Glass City
Photography by Shane Aurousseau

The Dunny

Three Women and a Fiesta

The Singer

The beach

Ocean

The Vocalist

Gitano de Oro

Saris

Girl with Guitar

The Singers

Hills

The Carriage

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Images of Historic Whitecross Street London the Street the People the Diversity Shane Aurousseau

Whitecross Street is a short street in Islington, in Inner London. It features an eponymous street market and a large housing estate. Henry V

In Whitecross street, King Henry V  (9 August 1386 – 31 August 1422) was King of England from 1413 until his death at the age of 36 in 1422.  builded one fair House; and founded there a Brotherhood of St. Giles, to be kept. Which House, had sometime been an Hospital of the French Order, by the Name of St. Giles without Cripplegate, Edward 1 in the Reign of Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks and the Hammer of the Scots King from 1272 to 1307 and William Wallace’s nemesis. The King having the Jurisdiction, and appointing a Custos thereof, for the Precinct of St. Giles, &c. Which Hospital being suppressed, the Lands were given to the Brotherhood, for the relief of the Poor. In this Street was a White cross; and near it was built an Arch of Stone, under which ran a Course of Water down to the Moor, called now Moorfields
The Fortune Playhouse, an early Elizabethan theatre, was built on the street c.1600. John Lambe was killed in 1628 at this theatre. John Lambe 1545 to 13 June 1628 an English astrologer who served George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham. He was accused of black magic and rape and stoned to death by a mob.  It was closed in 1642 as part of Parliament’s closure of all theatres. A debtor’s prison, Whitecross Street Prison, was built on the street in 1813-15, near Fore Street (which still exists). After the prison’s closure in 1870, the Midland Railway Company built a goods terminus and a booking office for goods and passengers on the site in 1876-77.

The Cripplegate area was heavily damaged during World War II, and when the Barbican Estate and Barbican Centre was constructed after the war, the part of Whitecross Street south of Silk Street was swallowed up by the new construction, and the short section between Silk Street and Chiswell Street/Beech Street became part of Silk Street. St Giles Cripplegate, mentioned by Strype, is now within the Barbican Estate.
Whitecross Street Market, having been in existence for over 150 years, is one of London’s oldest markets. The market was formerly one of London’s great Sunday markets, and dates to the 17th century; although today, trading is largely limited to lunch times. By the end of the 19th century, the area had become a by-word for poverty and alcohol, and it became known as Squalors’ Market.

Today the market consists of stalls arranged along the northern half of the street, between Old Street and Fortune Street, with the road closed to traffic. There is a small general market and a food market of up to 50 food and drink vendors Monday-Friday lunchtime,which can be bustling with activity (and queues) on a sunny lunch time. It has occasional food festivals. In recent times, there has been significant investment from Islington Council, the City of London and English Heritage. It is open Monday–Friday, 10am–2pm.
In the images below I have tried to portray the atmosphere, the people and the lifestyle of Whitecross street today.

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The many faces of Sharlette images Shane Aurousseau

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Sharlette the lead singer at the Obar 83-85 Wardour Street Soho London W1D 6QE. The music is great with a number of very talented singers appearing. The live music is every Sunday and Wednesday and is a really cool venue worth visiting when in London.

Sharlette an extremely talented singer with chameleon like image and as a photographer and creative director making her one of the best models I have worked with she also embodies the young musicians of the West End of London, young people really making a contribution to the lifestyle of the city. The Obar really worth visiting below I have included some of the changing faces of Sharlette;-

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Photographic Exhibition Leyas 20 Camden High Street London UK

Exhibition of photography by
Yiannis Pelekanis
Tanit Taltavull
Ruta Sasnauskaite
Shane Aurousseau
Leyas 20 Camden High Street London UK
No Title – No Border
Exhibition on throughout June
All images for sale
Donations to ‘ Doctors Without Borders’ ‘Medicins Sans Frontiers’

Prints of the highest Gallery Archival quality
Hope to see you there.

The Price of Photographic Quality and the Psychology of the image

Rightly or wrongly we have entered a period of low recognition of quality. Much of this is down to the development of the smart-phone. The smart-phone has seen the extension of the selfie culture. We live in a world of selfies and celebrity worship. This shallow culture may have been with us long before the smart phone however the speed of modern day mass communication is allowing more people to participate in this limited culture.

Quality is suffering as a professional photographer I often hear people say I’ve taken some wonderful photographs of the family and possibly they have. However, there is still a world of difference between what the professional produces and what the snapper produces. Most people will react to an image but few will know why they react, however reaction happens. Reaction may be triggered by many factors the clarity of the image, sharpness, strong highlights, deep shadows, composition, colour or lack of, saturation, positioning of the black points, distortion and even use of blur. Impact dictates that there is a world of difference between soft and strong images. Have you ever thought about why the eyes of a model on a station poster follow you? The professional will know what the objectives are and use the psychological and technical knowledge built up over the years to achieve the goal and will be able to through consistency arrive at the required result. This means that the equipment must cover the range of variables required to get the message across. Even with wedding photography the romance of the most important day in the lives of the participants needs to be recorded. However, most people don’t walk past an image and say WOW the highlights have made me register that photograph the reaction is far more subtly controlled than that and the explanation out of reach of the lay-mind.

Building the best possible solution is why there are different levels of quality in equipment, most major camera companies offer equipment that runs from entry level to high-end professional level. Such a spread can also be found in lenses why are some lenses more expensive. Variation in f stop can have a major impact on cost (The f-number of an optical system such as a camera lens is the ratio of the system’s focal length to the diameter of the entrance pupil. It is a dimensionless number that is a quantitative measure of lens speed, and an important concept in photography. It is also known as the focal ratiof-ratiof-stop, or relative aperture.] The f-number is commonly indicated using a hooked f with the format f/N, where N is the f-number),  the size of the sensor, the speed of the camera some run at 6/10 frames per second enabling the competent photographer to capture all the action, the level of ISO that allows the camera to be effective in very low light, the quality of the glass grinding (very important), the size of the aperture, the ability to control depth of field, the number of pixels, the breadth that the lens covers and pixels can also be part of achieving the objective giving cropping power however less pixels on a sensor can also be a tool, as less makes for bigger pixels that suck in more light that can sometimes be used to create clearer images. Prime lenses have no zoom capabilities but can produce images of an extremely high quality as they have few moving parts and tend to be at the high-end of grinding quality and more expensive than zooms.

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The night bus -the bus lighting and the highlights give the feeling of outside darkness at 0.3 sec f7.1 ISO 320 
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The night stop – Most people try to escape the journey home the mobile helps looking for the light bouncing off  the people high selective highlights but control the burnout leaving a feeling of late darkness everywhere else.  To get a shot like this you need to slow the speed way down 0.3 keep the fstop high 7/8 and keep the ISO as low as possible to cut noise this was 320. Also remember to keep checking as light changes even at night a higher passing vehicle can change the light. Remember everything in photography is a trade off all this goes for the picture above as well. on any shot bracketing can help in the selection process

Of course, lighting is one of the most important items; lighting ranges from the use of natural light to sophisticated studio lighting. The word photography from the Greek word ‘photos’ ‘phos’ (light) representation by means of lines or ‘drawing with light’   One of the problems with phone cameras is small sensors packed / cluttered with small pixels’ low quality glass small aperture but adequate for the family photo. The phone camera sensor layout will work with low resolution images that will be only utilised on social media transported to the viewer via phone, tablet or laptop. Press, posters, brochures, magazines printing requires high resolution to 300 ppi or ‘pixels per inch’; not dpi which is ‘dots per inch’. One of the issues that causes me to smile is the psychological role-playing by major phone companies trying to demonstrate the high quality of images shot on their phones. Many of these companies show blown-up images most of these blow-ups demonstrate the drafting and creative design talent of the participating photographers rather than the technical achievement embodied in the phone. The images although well-constructed tend to be pixelated, lack clarity, have some Chromatic aberration and can be soft when compared to the high impact of the professional images on posters in the same locations. The unfortunate reality of this type of promotion is that it convinces the lay snapper that they are working at a professional level. The camera phone has a real place in society but can sometimes try to move into a market that is currently out of reach. The use of professional well-constructed images in business photography can’t be emphasised enough even the simple head shot takes on a sales role when photographed properly ensuring that the model is believable and someone you would trust to do business with. A professional image is also a statement of competence by the company. Image is so important in business and good photography is the strongest way to convey that professionalism.

It is not possible to move on without mentioning the amount of work that goes into post shoot production to achieve a quality reproduction of the subject with all the right balances blacks’ greys colours. A shoot is not the day of the shoot but includes the days following the shoot where each image sometimes 1000s must be gone through individually looking for dirt specs, focus, handshake, Chromatic Aberration also known as ‘colour fringing’ draughtsmanship and general quality. In some instances, a high-quality shot that carries the exact massage may be too small in frame and may need cropping and resizing it also must first be found. High resolution images usually shot in RAW by professionals (a camera RAW image file contains minimally processed data of a digital camera. RAW files are not yet processed so not ready to be printed). RAW files make it easier for the profession to manipulate the data. JPEG files are usually processed in the camera and are compacted very like a PDF so not the available data required for high quality image manipulation. Most printers digital and mass require a high or maximum JPEG at level 10 or12 once the image has been finalised from the RAW. In photoshop a high or maximum JPEG opened will open as a TIFF this is a large file containing much of the information in a RAW file Such a TIFF can be worked on then save once again as a maximum JPG.   Conversion to PDF can also be used many printers will accept such an image. Usually files are saved in high JPG at 300 ppi and a duplicate png file is made at 72ppi for web and mobile use. The smaller file for internet use is at a size that will hold viewing quality and download quickly but can’t be blown up for print purposes, as it lacks data. You can see the amount of post shoot work that is required to achieve a usable portfolio of work.

Printing is another issue the amount of times that people say I will get it printed at the local high street super market that’s cheap. If quality prints that you can be proud to place on a home wall next to the family art collection or in gallery are what is required prints that have clarity separation of the blacks and the whites or definition of colour, true reproduction of the high resolution image a printer that can give a good spectrum of the grey scale and colours in RGB is required ( RGB Red, Green and Blue) as opposed to CMYK (Cyan, magenta and yellow, the K stands for Key as the colours are carefully Keyed aligned) used in high number mass printers usually the offset system as opposed to digital ink jet used by the smaller run quality art and photographic printers. Brochures, posters and magazines are usually mass offset printed working in CMYK. Common printers tend to use dye inks and have a limited number of ink reservoirs where the higher quality printers have anywhere from 8 to 12 ink reservoirs using pigment inks giving a good colour spectrum including a grey scale and extremely long life running to 100s years non-fade in theory. Achieving a high-quality print also is highly dependent upon paper and its coating. The different coatings on high quality photographic and art papers gives tremendous variation in tones/colours. These papers range from gloss through lustre to matt. Papers of quality are acid free and quite often made from cotton. Art photographers will understand the variation in papers and coating using such variation as a tool helping to achieve the target result. Galleries look for reproduction on high-end archival gallery quality art paper. Galleries understand that a high quality photographic art print is a work of art.  Some papers make the image bounce some a flatter feeling, some are better with black and white and mono colour others with full colour. High quality images tend to take longer to go through the print process as the fine accuracy of the printer slows the process.  All this quality increases the visual experience. High-end printers are manufactured by Canon, HP, Epsom. It is also important to guarantee the best results to utilise only genuine inks manufactured by the printer’s manufacturer this makes for consistency of colour or greys and an understanding of how to achieve the final result.

There is nothing like having a high quality precious photographic image on your wall especially one that tells a story and can be a major conversation piece.

An image is an experience the more the experience can be enhanced the greater the experience.

Sharlette to use
Sharlette – Image of the singer Sharlette looking to enhance the very attractive ivory quality of her skin. Shot in black and white without a filter but a very light dusting of orange from photoshop achieved the quality we were looking for. The lighting gives the overall effect with just the right amount of definition on her the black dress really helps This shot also had some use of the ‘high pass’ filter in photoshop as a skin smoothing agent adding to the ivory quality. Composition was important here placing the model slightly to left of centre gave the feeling that others may be in attendance, the remote look gives the feeling that she is the centre of attention important the only thing that matters to her is her music and the setting has a slight period feel from the 60s a popular music period. 
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The Shopping Trip – an image of pure composition an exercise in design and draughtsmanship very flat light few shadows the subject to the left gives the feeling of movement. Movement is something that can be used with dramatic effect quite often when shooting a tennis tournament I turn the camera sideways at an angle this can add to the drama also a technique used by photographers  to add speed to speeding cars.

 

All the images have strong subject points with separation of subject from background this adds strength to the image.

Shane Aurousseau – Shane A

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Limited Edition Prints by Photographer Shane Aurousseau updated

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A3+ 19″x 13″ins on highest quality acid free cotton based gallery quality art paper printed using a 10 ink printer with long lasting highest quality  Canon original pigment inks. These are the highest quality gallery level prints possible.

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Happenings in Whitecross Street London EC1Y

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The Streets of London – Chilling Images Photographer Shane Aurousseau

In continuing the theme ‘The Streets of London’ relaxation can’t be overlooked. I hope that these images convey relaxation in the capital.

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Dining out and chilling in Whitecross Street
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Chilling the Walk
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Carnival Chilling Whitecross Street
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Night out Chilling 

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London in Winter and so to Shiver

The was London some years ago. In all the years I have lived here it is one of the few times that the Capital was white. Is it possible that the people working in the Capitol building were also whiter than white or cleaner than clean -just a thought

‘Well, now that we have seen each other’ said the Unicorn ‘
‘If you’ll believe  in me, I’ll believe in you’
Lewis Carol; Through The Looking Glass and What Alice found there 

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More from those Whiter that White Cleaner than Clean People of the Capitol building

 

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The Runner

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