Jon Sheer’s Eternal Japan Exhibition

Jon Sheer’s Eternal Japan Exhibition

On Saturday the 6th of June, I had the pleasure of attending a party to mark the opening of Tokyo based photographer, Jon Sheer’s exhibition, Eternal Japan.

Eternal Japan

Twilight In The Sprawl (on the Eternal Japan Exhibition Flyer)

Having communicated with Jon for many months via Flickr and the odd phone conversation, it was great to finally meet him. I love Jon’s work and was expecting great images, but I have to say that seeing his work in 13×19″ prints on the wall far surpassed my expectations. It was an experience that I won’t forget in a hurry. The Guinness was pretty damn good too!

Martin with Jon Sheer

Martin with Jon Sheer

Exhibition Dates & Location

If you can get to Tokyo before the 29th of June, 2009, you have to make your way to the Grail Bar, in Nishi–Azabu. It’s a small British bar, and not open during the day. They’re open from 6:00pm to 5:00am Monday to Saturday, and closed Sundays. Here’s the address etc.

Grail Bar
Azabu-Empire Mansion 2F
4-11-28 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku,
Tokyo 106-0031
TEL/FAX 03-3499-6366

The Art

All of the images in the exhibition are HDR (High Dynamic Range) images. Jon is a master of HDR. Some of them have a bit of an HDR look, but none of them are overdone and gaudy. He uses very subtle tones that even when you can tell they’re HDR only serve to add to the image.

Jon was also kind enough to send me three images to share here to give you a taste of what can be seen at Eternal Japan Exhibition. Just look at these!

Oracle Of The Subconcious

Oracle Of The Subconcious

Alley Of Broken Dreams

Alley Of Broken Dreams

Temple of Haunted Nightmares: Ghosts of the Storm

Temple of Haunted Nightmares: Ghosts of the Storm

Truly wonderful work!

Thanks for the invite Jon! I had a great night, and it was great to see your art “in the flesh” and to finally meet you!

Jon on the Web

A wonderful selection of Jon’s work can be seen on his BLUECANVAS site.

You can also find Jon under the guise of “JRaptor” on Flickr. His Photostream really is something else, so do check it out.

Interview Podcast

Following the Exhibition, Jon agreed to record an interview with me for the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast. You can listen to Episode #194 in iTunes, or download the audio files from my Podcasts page. Do take a listen to this gem-filled conversation with an amazingly talented artist.


Grab a demo of Lightzone, the image processing software that Jon mentions here: [no longer live]

A wonderful selection of Jon’s work can be seen on his BLUECANVAS site: [Removed invalid link]

You can also find Jon under the guise of JRaptor on Flickr:

This episode is sponsored by WebSpy, the Internet Monitoring, Analysis & Reporting Specialists.

Here are the details of the photography assignment prizes that WebSpy has kindly sponsored too:

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Photography Assignment/Competition Prizes!

Photography Assignment/Competition Prizes!

The MBP Assignment is run monthly. Each month members work on their photograph for the assignment as a means to hone photography skills and to learn how to see things differently. After each monthly assignment, we spend two weeks voting for the top three images that are closest to the assignment theme, and best executed. We call these the winners, but everyone is a winner, as we all become better photographers by participating.

Every so often a kind sponsor provides a means to offer prizes for the assignments, and they can then be considered a competition, and the winners get a little more, in addition to recognition from their peers.

This time we have prizes to beat all previous ones. Our new sponsors WebSpy have generously donated $1,000 for prizes for our assignment winners! The top three people receiving the most votes between June and November, 2009, will receive the following amazing prizes! Each of which has been carefully selected to also help you to hone your photography skills and learn how to see things differently.

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Sigma 50mm f1.4 EX DG HSM Lens

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So, get stuck into the assignments, and it doesn’t even matter if you don’t take part in all six. You don’t even have to win any of the six assignments. All you have to do is post images good enough to get lots of votes, and you’re in with a change. The votes for each assignment are published each month so you can track your progress as you improve your photography.

Thanks so much to our sponsors, WebSpy, for enabling us to offer these amazing prizes!

Good luck!

Martin Bailey Photography :: The Blog! Goes Live!

Martin Bailey Photography :: The Blog! Goes Live!

After many years of editing HTML and PHP directly to create just about everything on my site, I figured it is time to make things a little easier on myself, and create a blog. And of course, everybody has a blog these days, so I figured I’d jump on the bandwagon too!

I’ll be posting various photography related articles and general observations. I also intend to use this space to make announcements related to my Photographic life, as well as the Martin Bailey Photography Podcast. I’ll be posting show-notes for the Podcast here too, as well as my Podcasts page for the time being. If things work out, and I have the time to migrate the previous 194 episodes, I might eventually make this THE place to come for my Podcasts outside of iTunes.

I’m still toying with the idea of posting Podcast transcripts here too, as well as show-notes, especially when I discuss images or use charts etc. that I don’t want to upload into my photography gallery. More on this later.

Note that if you have not yet subscribed to my Podcast, you can subscribe to the Enhanced version in  iTunes, or to the MP3 version, in just about any feed aggregation tool. If you subscribe to the Enhanced version, you will see images change as I speak about them. This is overall a much better way to enjoy the Podcast.

Anyway, I just thought I’d get this post out there, to let you know that I’ve started the blog. I’m looking forward to getting into blogging with text, in addition to audio from now on! 😀

UPDATE: Note that since I started the blog in July 2009, we have now gone back and loaded all Podcast episodes since September 2005 onto the blog and removed the old gallery. This has since become the core of the site!