July 6, 2012

Photographer's choice: Neil Huxtable by Hendrik Kroenert

Neil and his band, the Mark Percy Band. Left Laurence Harrison, centre Neil Huxtable, right Mark Percy

We are starting a new kind of feature.

"Photographer's choice" is a feature about a photographer chosen by another photographer. Our first feature of this kind is by Hendrik Kroenert from Germany. He contributes this interview with a photographer he most admires and has known through his membership of deviantArt. The photographer in question is Neil Huxtable, also known as Talkingdrum. Hendrik has selected some of his favourite nudes from Neil's deviantArt gallery.        
Hendrik is a competent fine art photographer in his own right and we will soon be featuring his work. Meanwhile we are happy to post his choices and we hope more photographers will come forward to suggest that the work of other photographers should be featured here on UdA.

As Hendrik observes, Neil Huxtable's nudes are quite different in that he tends to portray real women, as opposed to conventional fine art models, though he also photographs professional models.

The following interview with Neil was published by Hendrik in his blog a while ago, only the choice of photographs for UdA has been updated, augmented with Hendrik's handpicks from Neil's current deviantArt gallery.

Real name? 
Neil Huxtable

When and how did you get into photography?

My father was really into photography and I grew up in a household with a studio and darkroom. Although I didn’t use the studio I spent a lot of time in the darkroom. I got my first SLR when I was about 5 or 6 years old.

                                                                                     Who is your photographic role model?

It’s hard to name just one but I have been really inspired by Sally Mann. When I was at college I really liked Edward Weston (and still do).

What do you do when you are not photographing/retouching?

I’m a musician by trade so that takes up a lot of time. I’ve just got my studio back (music) after a 9 month refurb so I’ve not been as active on the photography front as I normally am as I’m spending a great deal of time in there catching up.

What is your favorite camera?

My favorite camera to use is my Bronica S2a but it has focusing issues that I can’t seem to cure so it tends to get side lined for my Hasselblad.


I shoot on both but a the moment I much prefer shooting on film. I have D700 which is no slouch but when I shoot models I always shoot a combination of film and digital. When I look at the results the film wins every time. There is something much more beautiful with film, especially in its tonal range.

If film, which is your favorite film?

I like Ilford Delta 400 (or HP5). I like to see a little grain as it gives an image “bite”.

Retouching images yes/no?

Yes I spend a lot of time retouching. I don’t look at digital retouching any differently from working in a darkroom where you’re dodging, burning, toning, touching up and doing a host of other things to manipulate an image. It’s just so much easier to do it digitally. My personal feeling is that whatever is done to an image, the processing work should not be evident. It needs to be done with subtelty and in such a way that it doesn’t show, unless of course the manipulation is part of the art as in adding textures and tones etc. I think it takes great skill to “process” digital images well.

Thank you Hendrik for your choices, it is indeed a great feature!

If you are a photographer and would like to propose another photographer to be featured here on UdA please contact us at univdartistes @ gmail.com

Models from top to bottom: Claire,Helena, Hannah, Anonymous, Tansy Blue, Keisher, Katie, Ang, Anonymous, Mellie, J-Lo, Sheenagh

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