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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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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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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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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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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New Zealand

I spent three weeks in New Zealand in March and April this year. Lizzy and I went on a massive road trip across both islands, starting in Christchurch on the South Island and ending up in Auckland on the North Island. The whole thing is documented pictorially on my Flickr stream and I could write […]

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It’s worth remembering that photography…

…is an artform that relies on industry. In all the discussions and arguments about film vs. digital, these-cool-retro-cameras, this lens vs. that lens, this film vs. that film and, really, just about anything that anyone can argue over regarding photography, we owe just about it all to industry. For most of us*, whether it’s a […]

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More photography exposure

It’s been an interesting week for my hobby of photography. First of all I got featured on “Explore” on Flickr, which is a very popular page on their site. This was the image… …and it is a cyanotype of a cassette. The cyanotype process is an early form of light sensitive paper that you can […]

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I’m from Barcelona

I took this photo a few years ago walking through the foyer of the building I work in. I was using an old Kodak Sterling II medium format camera and some old 400TX film that was expired. The Sterling II only takes 620 film and so I had to modify the 400TX 120-sized roll. I […]

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Flickr: finding images not in groups

Flickr has been one of my most-visited websites for nearly the last ten years, and rarely a day goes by if I am near the internet that I don’t check it out. I love the ability to share my photos with the world and to also see the work of others. Things have changed a […]

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Doubling up

I’ve taken photos on and off for much of my life, starting as a kid when I got my first instamatic, through borrowing my brother’s SLR, learning how to develop my own photos in my late teens and then pursuing it as part of my art school days in my early twenties. But I guess […]

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On the beach

Here are four pictures of the seaside at Nice from a recent trip to the south of France. The first shot was done on my work’s cameraphone, a Google Nexus 4. I’d got the white balance wrong and so you get this very blue-biased cast to the shot, but given that I was there in […]

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Pinholes

There’s always something alluring about a pinhole photograph. They don’t record hard facts, but if you want to capture opening your eyes after sleeping on a beach, or the line between dreams and reality, sometimes a pinhole image is the way to go. These are all on film, mostly taken with a homemade “BiCam” which […]

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The Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim

There’s lots to see and read about out there on the internet already about this 35mm film camera, so I figured it was worth adding my own experience of it. First of all I’ve owned three, but now only have one. I lost the first one in Barcelona in 2010 in a mugging, and it […]

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What a difference a group makes…

Here are two pretty similar images in my mind. Hardly identical of course, but they’re both fuzzy, indistinct, taken on cheap, low-spec cameras and detailing fairly mundane subject matter. They were both taken by me too and they’re both on my Flickr photostream. The image on the left has had 212 views (and 8 favourites) […]

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