Posted on October 15, 2013
This week I’ve started planning my next big adventure, a road-trip of epic proportions – The Isle of Man to Moscow and back – a 4000 mile round trip. I’ve been all over the world, but never this part of the world, and what better way to see it?
This probably isn’t a lot of people’s idea of fun, but I can’t think of anything better; load a vehicle with supplies and just drive, stopping off whenever and wherever you like. Another thing that really appeals to be is the minuscule amount of planning that’s needed – no flights to book, no connections to miss and no accommodation to pay for (I’ll be sleeping in my vehicle…) As I said, I have no plans as to who or what I’ll be photographing, it’ll just be anybody or anything that I like the look of.
Posted on April 28, 2013
My two favourite pastimes – photography and road-trips, they go hand in hand. Road tripping in the Northwest Territories of Canada is fairly simple, because there really aren’t that many roads, but they are VERY long roads. I didn’t actually drive that far, just Yellowknife to Rae/Edzo, I was in a truck that my most excellent friend, and fellow photographer, Pat Kane had lent me, so I didn’t want to take the piss. Had I have been in a hire car, I would probably have ragged it to Hay River and back, a round trip of about 1000km.
All the images here were made on a Holga 120 Pano 6x12cm film camera, a beautifully simple bit of kit – 4 focus distance settings and 2 apertures. Kodak Portra 160 was used for all my colour work on this trip, I’ve had a bit of a fall-out with Fuji Pro 400H.
And I know, there’s always a ‘shadow of me on the road’ photo, I just can’t resist!
Posted on November 19, 2012
When I went to Yellowknife in September with friend and writer, Trevor Gibbs, I’d planned it to be a one-off trip to document life in and around the small city. We arrived, and within only a couple of days I realised that this wasn’t going to be a short-term project, there’s enough in one street alone to keep me busy for months! So, I’m going back.
It’s not only Yellowknife that interests me, it’s the whole of Canada, I love the place. So, on the 1st April 2013 I’m going to fly into Toronto and drive the 5000 kilometres across Canada and up to Yellowknife, photographing anything that catches my eye. I also love a good road-trip, and this is going to be the Mother of all road-trips!
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All images more made on a Mamiya 7II camera, 80mm lens, using Fuji Pro 400H film. All images copyright Phil Kneen
Posted on June 30, 2012
I took these shots in France a couple of weeks ago. My friend, Rich Plumley, and I flew down, I had some shots to get in Bergerac and had arranged a meeting with a photo agency in Paris, so we decided to drive the 1000 miles back to the Isle of Man, via the capital. Things didn’t go quite to plan…
I’d organised to meet in a cafe near the Eiffel Tower at 5pm, by 4pm we were still 70 miles East of Paris. East, I know, we should have been South, but French sign posting isn’t great…OK, we got lost.
We finally hit the Périphérique, Paris’ infamous ring road, at 7pm. I phoned and cancelled the meeting and we continued our drive North toward the Channel Tunnel.
All the images were made on a Mamiya 645 Pro tl and 55mm lens. Film is Kodak Portra 160. I got the 55mm for a real bargain, it arrived the day before I left to go to France, it’s a fantastic lens. The 645 has now replaced 35mm as my ‘snap-shot’ format.
I love photography and I love road trips, the two were meant for each other. I think they should get married.
Posted on April 15, 2012
Spring 1989, I was 19. I’d been working in a local pottery making reproduction Staffordshire figures, hideous tat. My boss had been looking for an excuse to sack me for weeks. His opportunity came one Friday afternoon when I decided to come back from my Wednesday lunch break, two days late.
So, I had two weeks wages, a second-hand Olympus OM1 and a Honda 125cc motorbike. I decided I was going to ride to Scotland. I got on the Isle of Man ferry to Liverpool at 8am on a Saturday and rode the 435 miles to the Isle of Skye, sleeping for a while in the night in Glen Etive. I arrived at the Sligachan Hotel, at the foot of the Cuillin mountains at 3pm the day after, it was a beautiful spring afternoon.
I don’t know what I’d planned to do in Scotland, but when I arrived I got a pint and a meal at the Hotel, lay in the sun and then got my sleeping bag out and slept by my bike. I woke-up at 4am the next day, got on my Honda and rode all the way home.
That was 23 years ago,almost to the day, I had no idea about f numbers and shutter speeds, no clue how a light meter worked, and best of all, no concept of how far a 1000 mile road trip is on a 125cc motorcycle.