Ep 349: How to photograph strangers with guests Daryl and Judy Ford

How do you achieve compelling shots with total strangers. We chat to Daryl and Judy Ford about: the pros and cons of two creatives living together, how Judy and Daryl used a photo tour guide to help them gain access to subjects living in remote locations, techniques they used to connect with complete strangers. Jude gives us her tips on applying for photographic grants, how they pack for their trips, gear recommendations, and heaps more!

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Constructive Critique
Dawn Filson

I have been lurking here for a few weeks, have been listening to the podcast for a lot longer – but I’m setting some goals tonight and one of them is to post a pic here each week, for critique. Yes – terrified! So go easy on me. There’s much talent in this group and the podcast has given me so much information. Time to apply what I’m learning.
this was shot with my Nikon D3300, with a 35mm prime lens, ISO 200, 1/640, f2.8. All natural light, and yes I did some post-processing. What were we trying to accomplish? Fashion. This young lady aspires to model and so we had an afternoon of practicing on each other. Thank you in advance!

Photo 349 How to photograph strangers with guests Daryl and Jude

I first saw Daryl and Judy Ford’s work via the Frames Facebook page. Regular listeners to the show will know I interviewed the founder of Frames Tomash back in 2019. The thing that stood out about the work was the honesty and authenticity of the work.

In 2019 Daryl and Judy travelled to rural Romania to visit one of the last remaining European peasant communities. This was a life changing trip which gave them a focus for their photography. They found a disappearing culture of people living a traditional lifestyle with very little support and they decided to use photography to document this lifestyle.

Returning from this trip, Judy made a successful application for the Joan Wakelin Bursary, administered by The Guardian & the Royal Photographic Society to produce a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. The bursary will allow Judy to explore what underpins the strength and resilience of the women that hold these rural Romanian communities together. The essay will look at women from three generations to reveal the differences and similarities in their values. By examining their experiences and their attitudes to life, she aims to establish whether there are lessons to learn from these women that have relevance to the challenges we face in our modern life.

We chat about:

  • The pros and cons of two creatives living together
  • How Judy and Daryl used a photo tour guide to help them gain access to subjects living in remote locations
  • The techniques they used to connect with complete strangers
  • Jude gives us her tips on applying for photographic grants
  • How they pack for their trips
  • Gear recommendations
  • And heaps more!

Biography

Daryl and Judy Ford

Daryl and Judy Ford were born in 1958, met in 1988 and married in 1992. They have two adult daughters and live on a smallholding in North Devon, England.

Daryl was born in Devon. He left home to take an apprenticeship at a horse racing yard. He had roles as head lad and apprentice jockey and it was while he was in working in racing that he acquired the nickname Dapper Daryl when he was looking less than smart one day. While working in racing, he started to assist one of the farriers and learnt the basic skills of blacksmithing. He showed such a flair for this work that he gave up his racing career to become a full time blacksmith. Initially, he made and finished horse shoes but later focussed on ornamental ironwork and founded the curtain pole business that he still runs today.

Daryl’s love of photography started in 1990 when he bought a DSLR to capture images of his daughter. Photography has been a passion ever since. Daryl has a wide interest in photography and is accomplished in a range of genres. He likes to shoot local characters and his portraits of local farmers have been much appreciated by the community.

Judy was a technical author in the IT industry and later moved into IT project management in the mobile communications industry. In 1997 she left her career and moved with the family to Devon to focus on the blacksmithing business. She loves travel and is fascinated by different cultures. Her photography is focussed on people.

In 2019 Daryl and Judy travelled to rural Romania to visit one of the last remaining European peasant communities. This was a life changing trip which gave them a focus for their photography. They found a disappearing culture of people living a traditional lifestyle with very little support and they decided to use photography to document this lifestyle.

Returning from this trip, Judy made a successful application for the Joan Wakelin Bursary, administered by The Guardian & the Royal Photographic Society to produce a photographic essay on an overseas social documentary issue. The bursary will allow Judy to explore what underpins the strength and resilience of the women that hold these rural Romanian communities together. The essay will look at women from three generations to reveal the differences and similarities in their values. By examining their experiences and their attitudes to life, she aims to establish whether there are lessons to learn from these women that have relevance to the challenges we face in our modern life.

Website:
https://www.dapperandjude.com

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/dapperandjude

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/dapperandjude

Image by Dapper and Jude
Image by Dapper and Jude
Image by Dapper and Jude
Image by Dapper and Jude
Image by Dapper and Jude

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