Photo Chat Vlog Season Three

Well, yes, the world’s most unpopular YouTube channel is back for a new season of episodes, starting with this tale of my trip to the solar eclipse in Tennessee last year. Why not boost the viewing stats for this and spend 11 minutes listening to me explain three pictures from that trip?

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Diana Day

The 4th of August 2018 was #DianaDay, a hashtag driven day of photography coming out of social media. I got into the idea of #DianaDay through my friend Denise, who I only know electronically. She lives in the USA and I live here in England, but we’ve formed a unique friendship online based on our […]

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Slow photography

I was reading up recently about slow food, and how it’s an alternative to fast food. As Wikipedia says “At its heart is the aim to promote local foods and traditional gastronomy and food production. Conversely this means an opposition to fast food, industrial food production and globalisation“. I recently reflected on my most popular […]

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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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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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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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