alison mclean at the photo foundry

Alison McLean is an experimental photographer & filmmaker and director of The Photo Foundry based in Mold, North Wales in the UK. 

Inspired by an eclectic range of photographers such as William Eggleston, Roger Ballen, Sally Mann, Donna Ferrato, Ryan McGinley and Rankin, she is always described by clients as creative and imaginative, producing images with a strong graphic quality that are modern and edgy. Projects include "Beautiful Me" where post-production techniques such as airbrushing and body sculpting are questioned, and "The Passion Project" exploring the issues of love, passion and violence in relationships. As well as her own projects, she works commercially for artists, musicians and performers, producing portraits and images for their websites, publications & exhibitions. She also runs workshops advising artists on how to photograph their own work. Other clients have included graphic designers, actors, models, festivals, businesses and community projects for charities. BA(Hons) in Creative Lens Media (Photography and Filmmaking) North Wales School of Art and Design, UK 2010 More work can be viewed on the website http://www.thephotofoundry.com or on Flickr here http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathka/sets/
alison mclean at the photo foundry has written 9 posts for The Photo Foundry

…because you’re worth it

From a recent post on Linked-in ‘Event Photographer Magazine’ group – “How do you handle requests for free services from event planners? Below is the e-mail they sent ‘If you are not doing anything on NYE and spend the evening with us, we are looking for a couple of photographers to sponsor their time. Your … Continue reading

Should You Work for Free?

The short answer is NO!!!   When you are starting out and need to build up a portfolio, it is hard to refuse offers of working for nothing especially when you feel there could be potential benefits and connections made. Many promises are made but often nothing tangible comes of it. I know from harsh personal experience. As … Continue reading

Martin Grech – Open Heart Zoo


Truly Inspiring.

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Hated, Despised Rubbish, or HDR for short…..

HDR photographs are EVERYWHERE. Everyone is doing them and although there are (apparently) good examples and even more bad examples, all of them are going to get very dated, very quickly. Is exposing every part of the picture so we can see into the shadows such a good thing really? What about the subtleties of light … Continue reading

Light Field Cameras – Product Review

Originally posted on PhotoBotos.com:
 . Light Field Cameras – Product Review If you haven’t already, you should stop by The Positive Page and say hi to Karina.  She is an avid photographer and weekly challenge expert.  Apparently, she also knows how to make a killer maragrita!  We were especially impressed with her article Could this be the end…

Errol Morris – The Nature of Truth, Art and Propaganda in Photography

An interesting video in which acclaimed documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (the artist who directed The Fog of War) talks about the issue of truth in photography, and how he thinks we’ve forgotten that there’s a connection between photos to the physical world. Photographs are neither truth nor false. Talking about the truth or falsit of a photograph is nonsense … Continue reading

The Fabulous Photography of Jeff Bridges

Life Force magazine is a free online, monthly reportage magazine which celebrates the art-form of the photo-essay. It has been described as the “Picture Post of the 21st Century” – a photo-led magazine that explores the world and the human condition through the narrative use of photography. This month’s magazine has contributions by Jeff Bridges and Larry Fink … Continue reading

The Proof Principle by Colin McPherson

The Proof Principle opens to the public The Proof Principle, Colin McPherson’s year-long commission responding to the one hundredth anniversary of research and development at Unilever’s Port Sunlight laboratory, is now on public view. The exhibition opened today at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, Liverpool and remains open until Sunday, 11th March. Admittance is free and … Continue reading

matteo nazzari

For many years now on Flickr, this Italian photographer as been adding some incredibly beautiful, dark images. He shows that you can take stunning photographs of even the the most banal objects and within the confines of everyday environments. An inspiration to those of us who say “well, if only I lived in a more … Continue reading