Posted on September 30, 2012
It’s Sunday night, I’m anxious. Five days ago I posted 116 rolls of medium format film from London Victoria to Sheffield, in the North of England, to be developed. So there’s not a lot I can do, except wait…
In the meantime I’m going through the vast amount of instant images I took over the 3 weeks in Canada. I love instant photos, they are so mundane looking, but so aesthetically pleasing, so perfectly suited to road-tripping. I’ve also been reading the diary I kept while I was away, most of which is unpublishable. I was obviously not in a good place when I wrote this on the way home -
“Great, Trevor has managed to get a seat next to two Canadian hotties, I’m stuck with Mr and Mrs Boring from Berkshire. Mr and Mrs Boring are both short, so I offer to lift their matching hand luggage into the overhead locker, I throw both bags into the storage. Mr Boring is not happy, he points out that “both bags will stand next to each other, neatly”, he then leaps up onto my seat like a demented Leprechaun, pushes everyone else’s belongings to one side and stands his two bags at one end, neatly. I say nothing. As soon as he sits down and fastens his seatbelt I stand up, reach into the locker, knock both bags onto their side and put my own on top of them. Little victories…..FFS, nine hours stuck with this pair AND my headphone socket isn’t working…I wonder if Trevor would do a swap?”
All images were taken on a Fuji Instax 200 instant camera and are unedited.
Posted on September 28, 2012
I took a Fuji instant camera to Canada with me, mainly to use as a photographic ‘sketch book’, but it also came in very handy as an icebreaker – you can’t give someone a photo straight away if you’re shooting on film or digital, not easily, but you can with an instant camera. One of my highlights in Yellowknife was watching the look of utter amazement of a four year old kid as his face slowly appeared on the sheet of plastic. I don’t have any of the portraits I took with this camera because everyone, of course, wants to keep them!
Here’s a few of the photographic sketches…
Posted on September 27, 2012
I didn’t go to Canada to shoot landscapes, my project is documentary based, but when in Rome…
I took a Canon EOS 5D mkII to The North West Territories of Canada with me. I shot the entire project on film, but I took the Canon, filled with good intentions of getting loads of video footage. That never happened, I was just to busy. I did manage to get a few shots of the Aurora Borealis though, 8 shots to be exact.
These shots are straight out of the camera. I think it would be possible to enhance them, but it doesn’t seem right. This is how they look to me. I did get an even better display than these a couple of nights before, but I’m ashamed to say I didn’t have a suitable camera with me…
I shot 116 rolls of film, mostly Fuji Pro 400H, over a period of 3 weeks. The film is now somewhere between London Victoria, where I posted it yesterday, and Sheffield, where it’s being processed by Peak Imaging.
Posted on September 24, 2012
All shots in this article were taken using an iPhone 4s and edited using various apps.
This article is just a quick update with snapshots. I’ll be publishing more detailed articles, with actual project images, over the next few months.
I can’t believe that we arrived in Yellowknife two weeks ago, Banff and The Rockies seem like it was months ago!
Posted on September 18, 2012
All photos in this article were taken on my iPhone 4s and were edited using various apps.
It’s been an extremely busy week in Yellowknife!
The photo above is of Tony Foliot, better known as The Snow King.
We met-up with Sarah Marsh from the Canadian Coastguard Auxiliary, who’d invited us a training exercise. I ended-up getting to drive the twin 150 horse powered RIB 10 miles out into Great Slave Lake at 32 knots, very exciting!
We’ve also been to see the team at Buffalo Airways. Oh Thursday we will be flying to Hay River with them in a DC3. We’re staying overnight with one of the crew who has kindly offered to let us bunk at his house. I’m taking portraits of everyone on Friday.
Posted on September 11, 2012
Just a quick update as I’m doing this on my iPhone!
I arrived in Calgary last Thursday with writer, Trevor Gibbs, we decided to hire a car and went to Banff for a couple of days. The Canadian Rockies are incredibly beautiful, it’s a pity I don’t have the patience for landscape photography though! We drove to a place called Radium Springs and I made some portraits of an eccentric Swiss wood carver called Rolf, he was a great guy!
After a rather anxious day yesterday(Monday) fretting that we’d have nothing to work on, we met-up with some local contacts last night and we’ve suddenly got a huge amount of material.
So, today it begins!
All the images here have been shot on my iPhone, except the top 2, which Trevor Gibbs took. The quality looks OK on my phone…
I’m keeping a detailed journal, so when I return home to the Isle of Man, I’ll publish some of that in installments. Until then, it’s iPhone updates and Instagram images!
Posted on September 3, 2012
Quite a few people have asked me what gear I’m taking to Canada for the ‘Life on The ‘Knife’s edge’ project – well here it is.
Mamiya 645 Pro TL with 80mm and 55mm
Mamiya 7II with 80mm
Canon EOS 5D mk2 with 24-105L (mainly for shooting video)
I also have a Fuji Instax instant camera and a Holga GCFN. There is 25 rolls of film here plus 100 sheets of instant film. I have another 130 rolls of film waiting in Yellowknife. I also have a new Toyo 4×5 inch folding field camera, if I can source film in Calgary in time, I’ll be taking that too. I’ve managed to fit most of the camera gear I need into one Lowepro Vertex 100 AW backpack.
Posted on September 2, 2012
I took the first two photographs here of my son, Richard, almost exactly 14 years ago, when he was 3. It was these, and many other images that I took at the time that sparked an interest in portrait photography. The last two are at 14 and a few months ago, just before Ric’s 17th birthday.
I’m off to Canada on Wednesday to start a photo-essay with writer, and close friend, Trevor Gibbs. We arrive in Calgary on Thursday and are going to spend a few days exploring the Rockies before flying north to Yellowknife to start the project proper.
So, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing in the way of blogging over the next month…watch this space.