Together We Stand, Divide We Fall.

I’m sure we all have a number of images that by themselves don’t make the final cut, especially when it comes to competitions. They are all taken with the best intention but they just haven’t got what it takes to please a judge.

So what do we do with them? Well, for me, now and again, when I’ve got time on my hands, I go through them  and make up montages and the like. It’s often not until we put a few things together,  that relate in some way, that we see a picture that tells a story or reminds  us of a time and place gone by.

The great thing is, nobody else needs to like it , if you like the finished results then you have a winner. If others like what you’ve done that’s great too, go and do some more. 

Here are a few of mine 



    John Dadley

    I have been a member of the Grimsby Photographical Society since 2016 and now serve as the Honorary Vice President, a position I am proud to fill. I started my photographical journey at the tender age of 10 years old. At that time my camera of choice was not really of choice, it was all we had. lt was the famous Kodak Box Browne. Back in those days, most families had a camera of some sorts and it would be brought out to record momentous family events. you know the sort of things - weddings, new babies, christenings, the kids opening their presents at Christmas, and showing off their new school uniforms at Easter. For reasons of economy (my Dad said), no matter how special the occasion was "two or three SNAPS! would be enough to sum up the event". This meant that the 12- exposure roll of film could last the whole year round and longer in some cases. There was one family I know that had pictures of their daughter's christening and wedding on the same roll of film (sadly processed by the subject after her parents passing some years later). Fast forward a few years, and a few cameras, oh boy has it changed. As much as I love all the new gear and new technology, (Yes I'm a gadget freak). I'm glad to have had a background in the days of film where I cut my teeth not only learning camera and lighting skills but also the processing and development of my images. I spent many many hours in the darkroom trying just about everything there was to try. Serving in the Army for 25 years opened up the world for me and gave me the sorts of opportunities that are hard to come by in most other walks of life. I would hasten to add at this point, that I was not an "Army Photographer" (that is a specialist trade). I was more a solider with a camera! As my skills developed over the years I was able to turn this hobby of mine to good use not only for military purposes but for social use too, recording the ups and downs of service life.

    4 thoughts on “Together We Stand, Divide We Fall.

    • 02/06/2020 at 9:06 pm

      John I really like this technique, it’s a great storytelling method for related images of any type. I will be having a go at this.

    • 06/06/2020 at 7:49 am

      Thanks for this neat idea John.
      Am I right in thinking these are all reduced sized images on a “new” image to make the background?
      I is a good way to tell a story without overpowering (or dare I say, boring) the other viewers? Sometimes you need to show the dodgy images to show the example of the final image.

      Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • 06/06/2020 at 8:31 am

      Thank you all for your comments, I hope you’ll give it a go

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