Photo Chat Vlog

Although people sometimes say something like “a picture paints a thousand words”, I decided to record the stories and background behind some of my photos to create a sort of vlog. Anyway, it has its own YouTube channel and if you want to hear me rambling on about things you can now do this in […]

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It’s yesterday once more

Or, at least, a year ago. Time is noticeably flying by faster as I get older and older. I took this photo in New York a year ago today on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a good way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, and it’s free. This was taken with […]

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Adam

Back in April I got the unexpected news that one of my dearest friends, Adam Warne, had died. He was in the year below me at school but I properly met him when I joined Vehicle Derek as the bass player (he was the drummer). The pic at the top is of us onstage in […]

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Instagram, yes Instagram

I’ve had a private Instagram account for a while for family stuff, but set one up for my film photography last year, only to find that getting the pictures up there was almost impossible without a dedicated phone, and switching accounts was a massive faff. However, thanks to some other technical jiggery-pokery I can now manage […]

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Technique

I have an odd relationship with photographic technique. I don’t eschew it but it doesn’t reign me in. Some years ago I used to work with an ex-physics teacher who saw the camera as a piece of precision equipment, and he would only take photos accordingly. Now he took some great photos, but he could see […]

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Clasping the days around the ease on her mind

The body is resurrected (upon the ill weary and lawful faults of my iron clad wandering fingers) by a little unconfided literary verse, awaiting corruption. But waiting to make occasions over the noisy keys as the sea died made looking for her ways akin to the links of chains that we commit to the deep […]

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Early Evening

The oddness of the autumn afternoon, Suburbs in Bristol, Reading, Birmingham, Leeds. Local train travel home over Victorian infrastructure, To Edwardian and 30s semis. In the vegetarian kitchen of the unintentional batchelor, The sun will not go down for a while, And whilst families nearby eat Iceland teas, The news and then the local news […]

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On not developing and printing (right now)

In a recent blog post on Film Photography London, Sandeep reflected on “why bother shooting film if you don’t even develop your own film or own a darkroom?” and commented “I always equate it with the football analogy of I can’t be a proper fan unless I go to away games”. Pah, develop and printing […]

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Liebesaffäre

Hinreißen, berauschen Mitreißen, wegreißen Wegfegen, wegschwemmen Entzücken, verzücken Verzaubern, verfluchen Verwünschen, berücken Umgaukeln betören Verhexen, behexen

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The Marvel of Media Network

For several years now I’ve been enjoying having access to the archive of vintage editions of the Media Network programme, as broadcast on short-wave by Radio Netherlands in the period 1981-2000. I was a short wave listener in the 1980’s but must confess that I was never a regular listener to any one station. I […]

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Take care of the image, and let the image take care of you

There is a theraputic exchange in photography that is tied to the language we use to describe the act. When we “take” the picture, the picture in exchange “gives” something to us. For example memories, inspiration, confidence or just enjoyment. For a long time this was meaningless to me, but now that a period of […]

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Family cars I can remember

My earliest memories are from about 1973/74. My dad’s cars Light metallic blue Mk3 Ford Cortina saloon Orange Mk3 Cortina estate Dark blue Mk4 Cortina estate Yellow Rover 2200TC “P6” Gold Rover 3500 “SD1” circa ’80 Gold Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia estate Green Ford Granada 2.8 GL estate Dark blue Mk4 Cortina estate White Ford […]

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Chromogenic absence

NYC 20th May 2016. Olympus OM10 and Kodak BW400CN film. I’ve never felt the chromogenic films really get low-light dark tones as well as they might. There is a speckled effect here which isn’t even the legendary “grain” – it just feels like something struggling. But I’ve also not done these fully analogue for years […]

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The Scorpions – Blackout

I bought the 1982 LP “Blackout” by The Scorpions on cassette back in the summer of 1985, and it was amongst the first albums I bought totally by myself (as opposed to by my parents as gifts for me when I was little). The Scorpions are still touring today and listening back to Blackout over […]

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New York Pavements

There is a photograph of me taken in 1995 on East 75th Street in New York City. It was the first time I’d been to the USA, and I was on a university field trip. Since I was studying Fine Art, our field trip had no agenda other than to soak up the culture of […]

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