Posted on February 11, 2014
I’ve been using the Sigma DP1 Merrill for a few weeks now, and after my initial thoughts of, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?!’, I can now confirm that this is a camera I now could not live without. I turned-up to shoot a commercial job a while back, on arrival I took the DP1 out and started to set-up, the client actually said, “What the f**k is that?!…you did bring a proper camera as well, didn’t you?”, I told him it was a “proper camera”, he was unconvinced, until he saw the results.
I’m not sure if its the way the DP1 sensor captures in three colour layers, but it’s black and white conversion is excellent, combined with VSCO software it’s superb.
Posted on January 31, 2014
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been experimenting with Impossible Project instant film, I’ve shot a few boxes of the new colour version, and I have to say it was love at first sight. The whole look, the weird hues and colour casts are everything I’d expected. I’ve ordered a few more boxes of the colour version – we’re going steady.
Now then, the black and white type…I’m not so sure, I certainly didn’t rush out and buy an engagement ring the second the first photograph developed. This stuff is £18 a box, that’s £2.25 a shot! For that price I’m afraid I expect something a little less ‘unpredictable’…but the tones are very pleasing, we have deep shadows and creamy highlights. I like the look, but what’s with the dark blur around the edge, it looks almost artificial.
Will I buy more of the black and white version? Probably, however I’d like to try it in a camera with better manual controls, or at least a model that I can turn off the flash (The 600AF that I’m using would fire the flash even if you were actually standing on the surface of the sun). Impossible Project, if you do happen to read this – £18 for 8 pictures is a piss-take, please try to substantially reduce the cost, because I really like this film…or at least I think I will.
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For the benefit of a couple of people who think these aren’t actually real instant images, I have added a photo of my pet Cocker Spaniel, Leica, and said Polaroids.
Posted on May 9, 2013
This week I’ve finally started a project that I’ve been meaning to do for years, it’s an issue that’s always fascinated me – scars.
I posted an update on my Facebook page asking for people with scars and a story to go with them. I was expecting to get maybe 15 or 20 people – at the time of writing this I’ve got 159 volunteers! Some of the scars are accidental, some are medical. One lady has asked me to photograph the extensive scarring on her arms and legs that she inflicted upon herself as a troubled teenager. A couple of people have said that they wish I could photograph their emotional scars, I’m going to give it a go…
For the last couple of weeks I’ve been scanning and editing negatives that I shot for my Yellowknife/Arctic project, more of that to come, and another Hamilton Diary, soon.
I’ve been asked to co-host a street photography workshop in Amsterdam this summer, which I’m really looking forward to, but I have to admit that street photography isn’t a genre that I really have that much experience in! I think I’ll be handling the ‘street portrait’ side of the course.
I don’t really have any details for this workshop, as yet, and a few people have asked me about it. However, as soon as I have dates and details, I share them.
Posted on May 31, 2012
I found these two shots on the end of a roll of film that I was scanning, I’d completely forgotten about them.
When I first met Scott, a couple of years ago, he asked me what I liked doing, I told him I liked taking photos. Scott replied, “That’s good, you’re a visionary…it’s good to be a visionary”.
I only spent a relatively short amount of time around Scott, but in that time I did learn a lot from him and most of what he said changed me, for the better. I last saw him properly toward the end of last year, in the back of my camper van on Ballaugh Beach car park. Five of us sat for hours, talking. I think Scott was the visionary.
Whatever it was he was looking for, he hadn’t found, or perhaps he had? At the end of April 2012, Scott took his own life.
Posted on May 8, 2012
I took this shot of my good friend, Noah, three years ago. In 35 months, over 5 different sites including Flickr and Getty Images, it’s had nearly 1.2 million views, received 598 comments (good and bad) and 585 likes on Flickr. It also sells like hot cakes.
One thing is obvious – it’s not the kind of image I take now, but it’s what people want!
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A lot of people have asked what Noah looks like without the rubber bands – well here he is!
Posted on February 4, 2012
This week I’ve been photographing musicians, mostly. Last Monday I had the band ‘3 Million‘ in the studio, they didn’t bat an eyelid when I told them I was going to bind them all together with cling-film for half an hour. I’ve seen these chaps play a couple of times, I recommend you do the same.
On Wednesday I had a second session with the yet unnamed duo, Adam Jones and Geoff Tinkler. This pair are VERY photogenic! We started the shoot at Port Soderick, but it was so cold that me thumbs went completely numb and we were forced to retreat to The Carrick Lodge coffee house for Angela & Simon Campbell‘s finest refreshments. I got a few candid shots on a very cold Gansey beach , we then finished-off in Port St Mary. The ‘bus shelter shots’ are going to go down well, I think.