Go boy, go

All the while the melancholy tick-tock of summer Saying “Go boy, go” Get done what’s got to be done Kiss who’s got to be kissed Looking out over sunsets, Elsfield hills, Eynsham Road, Cumnor Hill, Tattershall Road, Rawson’s Lane, Chapel Hill, Hedgehog Bridge Looking out over empty fields Hot and tired from cycling, but raging […]

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Triumph Stag Beetle

I grew up between two rivers In the west it was all twangy guitars and old secondhand books In the east, neat lawns and modern furniture Somewhere in the middle Was a seventies furnished in the fifties A MkIII Cortina A pathway from the door to the chair Worn into the nylon carpet with a […]

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Bretagne 5, 1593 kHz

I’ve always been a radio nerd since I was a kid, tuning around on my Binatone radio cassette player, and it’s a considerable pleasure of my new car that it’s complicated entertainment system still has Medium and Long Wave radio (AM in other parts of the world). Whilst many of the continental stations on these […]

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Longing for Belonging

Walking along Goree Walking in our forties, with more than 40 years of things to share If you and I want to share anything at all with each other And can stand to hear about what we did before we knew each other No one quite sounds like longing to me Like Debbie Harry singing […]

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Mugged in Barcelona

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 […]

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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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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 Boston Grammar School but I properly met him when I joined hardcore punk band Vehicle Derek in early 1988 as the bass player (he was the drummer). The pic […]

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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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