Hear the exciting story of the Facebook Colour Film Photography Group Travelling Camera, which I was part of recently! Even see footage of me taking a photo! Wow!
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?
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 […]
I mentioned in a post about the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim camera that one of them got stolen from me when I went to Barcelona. I reflected on that experience in the latest episode of Photo Chat Vlog. The photos mean less in this one, though they’re all taken in Barcelona. It’s the story of […]
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 […]
So the camera I talk about in this photo chat vlog is the Konica c35, and as you can see from this picture it’s a small rangefinder type camera which means you’ve got manual focusing but you’ve also got automatic shutter and exposure. I’m really fond of this camera. Mine cost me four pounds from […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
…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 […]