Permanent Tourist

The personal website of Mark Howells-Mead

Posts about conceptual portraiture

  • As I wrote earlier in the week, I was honoured to be allowed to show 20 of my photos from the One Frame Movie series at the 50th anniversary show of Pix Mix in Bern this week. I hadn’t quite anticipated the number of people who would be attending and during the break, I quickly…

  • I love taking portraits of people; whether I know them or not. I do it because of my passion for the image, not for financial gain, and I really wish more people would volunteer to let me photograph them. Here’s why.

  • I was delighted to be invited to submit to the upcoming “Open Show” in Lausanne, an evening of photographic presentation by a small selection of photographers, and honoured to have my submission confirmed earlier today. I’ll be showing twenty photos from my One Frame Movie series next Thursday evening, 18th August, at the Espace Carbu…

  • A photo shoot in a cellar cinema in Bern adds a new photo to my One Frame Movie series.

  • Now that the spring is here once more, I’m looking for volunteers for my photo series “One Frame Movie”.

  • I was contacted a while back by the editor of Czech photo blog Odcloněno, Michal Fanta: Michal asked to interview me and use some of my photos on the blog. The interview was published this morning; here’s the English transcript. Many thanks to Michal for the exposure and, as he’s mentioned; please do get in…

  • Gimme! Gimme!

  • Second image from a shoot in Bern, inspired by 1980 classic horror film “The Shining”.

  • I am continually on the lookout for interesting and characterful places to use in my photography and I am compiling a list of possible locations, to which I can return in the future and use in my photography.

  • Photos from an all-afternoon series of portrait sessions in Zurich during September 2009, finally online as a complete set.

  • Another in my series of One Frame Movie photographs, of Bernese video podcaster Manuel “Sprain” Reinhard.

  • An unplanned shot, taken of volunteer Niels for the One Frame Movie set of photographs I was working on a few weeks back.

  • Au Voleur*

    The next in my series of theatrical photographs, featuring fellow photographer Tilman Jentzsch.

  • A photograph from a session in Zurich, and the lessons in lighting and technique which make it one of the more successful session shots of the past few months.

  • In the Old City

    Another of my One Frame Movies, of friends Habi and Nina in the Nydegg area of the old city of Bern.

  • Iron Mauro

    The next in the series of One Frame Movie shots which I’m cramming into this and next week is of a colleague from work: Mauro (also known on Twitter as @ironmauro).

  • We were in Thun this past weekend, with a couple of friends from Zürich who’d come down for a day of “strobism” (the art of non-studio-based photography using portable flash units for illumination). As well as locations in Spiez and Gwatt, we sneaked into the dilapidated Selve area in Thun, where old factories, once converted…