“I don’t do weddings.” – that’s what I tell most people, most of the time. I used to shoot a lot of weddings, all digitally, but I found the whole process extremely stressful, so now I limit my nuptial documentation to close friends and the occasional, powerfully persuasive, client. A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of photographing the wedding of my good friends, Ollie and Holly French; it was a great weekend…from what I can remember, but […]
People’s general perception of disposable cameras tends to be that they produce poor quality, grainy images – so in the digital age, they would appear to be somewhat useless. I disagree. I think the secret to using these throwaway compacts is to shoot either in bright sunlight or use the flash, otherwise, you are going to get poor quality and very grainy images. All the images here are from the same Kodak disposable camera and were shot in relatively bright […]
I found a bundle of photographs yesterday, Fuji Instax Mini photographs, using a camera I’d bought in Tokyo on my last day of a recent visit to Japan with my fifteen-year-old daughter, Jess. We had a load of cash left at the end of the trip, so we went shopping at a huge camera store in the Shibuya district. I love finding photos I’d forgotten about, and I miss Tokyo, a lot. All the images here were made within about […]
Contrary to fond belief, shaking a Polaroid picture, or any variety of instant film, does not make it develop any quicker… All the images here were made using an Instax Wide 300 and a Mini 90.
I was sitting outside the building that I live in a couple of nights ago, chatting with one of my neighbours from the flat below me, Terry, who was four cans into a six-pack of strong continental lager. Just before I stood up to leave, Terry grabbed my wrist and said, “It’s getting colder, and have you noticed the days are getting shorter?” – My neighbour made the statement in such a way that it made me think that the […]
In the 15 years since Jessica was born, I must have taken thousands of photographs of her; she’s now at the point where, most of the time, she doesn’t know, or care, that I’m taking her picture. When my daughter is aware, I’m photographing her, such as here, she has the most amazing sultry, ‘resting bitch face’ look; she can even raise one eyebrow when provoked, just like her Mum. This shoot was actually ‘commissioned’ by Jessica herself. Makeup and […]
There was a time when no wedding reception was complete without a disposable camera on each table for guests to produce 27 poorly exposed and badly composed photographs that nobody ever got to see. These days, smart phones have replaced the disposable and wedding guests now take hundreds of poorly exposed and badly composed photographs that nobody wants to see. I love disposable cameras, though, now and then I’ll buy a few from Amazon and keep one in my camera […]
More visual meanderings from a recent trip to Liverpool with my good chum and fellow analogue photographer, Ed Riley. I gave another good friend a 35mm film camera the other day to have a play with – Hannah, a very keen photographer, has only ever made images using her iPhone, but has been interested in using film for a while now. There were a lot of questions asked about the technical side of analogue photography, but I told Hannah that […]