Posted on August 30, 2013
I’m always surprised, but certainly not disappointed, how willing people are to be photographed. I’m a bit of a hypocrite really; I hate having my photograph taken, so I think I subconsciously expect everyone else to hate it too. But they don’t. The projects I’m shooting at the moment on scars and tattoos often involve subjects who are complete strangers, a lot of them women, but these people invite me into their homes, make me cups of tea and share their lives. I love it!
Pentax 67/Kodak Portra 400
Leica R6/Kodak Tri-X 400
Leica R6/Kodak Tri-X 400
Fuji X-Pro1/VSCO(Fuji 800Z++)
Posted on August 9, 2013
I have about eight different projects on the go at the minute, all in various stages of completion, some nearly finished, others barely started. Some people accuse me of losing interest, but it’s quite the opposite – I start shooting one idea, then I get more interested and develop more ideas on top of the ones I already have!
I met-up with Jamie Helps, initially as part of my ‘Scar Tissue’ project, in the Lucky 13 tattoo studio, this is a good example of what I’m talking about – I only intended to make one photograph, a document of Jamie’s scars, but ended-up shooting five rolls of film and all the time thinking, ‘This would make a great project!’
It’s a long way off, but maybe one of my new year resolutions should be, “Finish all unfinished projects and don’t start any more until you have”?
Posted on July 4, 2013
Sometimes I don’t want to write anything, I just want to post a few random photos that I’ve taken over the last few days. Today is one of those days. I take a camera everywhere – to the pub, to the corner cafe for a hangover breakfast and while walking my dog, Leica, along the coast. I photograph my feet…
Posted on January 14, 2013
Posted on May 20, 2012
In keeping with the natural style of this event, I shot all the portraits on 6×4.5cm film (also because I hate digital at the moment) I used a Mamiya 645 Pro tl. Colour – Kodak Portra 400 and Fuji Pro 400H. Black and white – Kodak Tri-X 400
Helen, my wife, was very clear, very precise with her instructions – “Drive the camper up first thing Friday, get us a good spot, save the Campbell’s a good spot and then just chill-out until I get there at five ‘o’ clock. Do not start drinking until I get there…Phil, promise me…”
I negotiated the camper through the tiny gate entrance at 9.30am, organiser and host, Quilly, was there to take my invitation and a small donation. I parked-up in exactly the same spot as we’d been in last year, unpacked a few things, crisps mainly, and then attempted a little snooze. I cracked open my first beer at 9.55am, by 10pm I’d quaffed 12 cans of Budweiser. None of the photos that I took on Friday were in focus.
Beltane is traditionally a festival that celebrates the arrival of summer, although this year I think we were celebrating a bit prematurely. I woke-up on Saturday morning hungover, with borderline hypothermia, temperatures had dropped well below freezing during the night, even sharing my bed with Leica, our pet spaniel, hadn’t stopped the violent nocturnal shivering. The hangover made things ten times worse. I should have listened to Helen.
You can’t just turn-up at Beltane, you have to be invited. Hosts, Sue and Quilly, are keen to point-out that the piece of paper you have in your hand when you arrive is an invitation, not a ticket. It’s a great idea, it’s a private party, a gathering and when you’re throwing a party you don’t want twenty Vauxhall Nova’s full of Chavs, high on plant food and cans of Monster energy drink turning-up. So, if your name’s not down, you’re not coming in.
Beltane is a great event, my favourite of the year. Sue and Quilly do such an excellent job, and despite Sue saying she won’t, a thousand times, they’ll do it all again next year…
Posted on April 7, 2012
I’m having a love/hate relationship with my Mamiya 7II at the moment. I love the quality, but its under-generous minimum focus distance is causing me problems. I’m also finding the rangefinder to be a bit of a pain in low light, in fact, I tried using the M7II with a flash attached in very low light, but found it impossible to focus. I’d use a Hasselblad, with its lovely bright focus screen and close-up capability, but I had a 503cx and didn’t like the square format.
I may have to start looking at large format again…
All the images below were made using a Mamiya 7II and 80mm lens. Colour images are Kodak Portra 400, black and white images are Kodak Tri-X 400. All developed and scanned at Peak Imaging