I can’t believe it’s February already, before we know it we’ll be wrapping Christmas presents again and drinking egg-nog…I’ve never actually tried egg-nog.
I haven’t really shot much this year, so far, I’m preparing for my second project visit to Yellowknife in April. Most of what I’ve shot has been for my own personal amusement and experimentation.
The shot above was the first photograph I took this year, it’s of my good friend, film producer and director, Richard Plumley. Richard is like an engine in a 24 hour factory – constant. Wherever he is, Richard will be on the go, stopping only to light a cigarette or open a beer, then he’s off again. This image, I think, sums him up.
Below is musician and my very close chum, Simon Campbell, I haven’t photographed him enough lately. I took this portrait as an experiment really, trying-out different flash techniques, ironically, this was the only frame on the roll that the flash didn’t fire. It’s the only image I liked. Simon wore a blanket around his neck, for some reason…?
I was in North Wales last week, working out of a crappy rental cottage on Anglesey, I took film, but didn’t return with much material. I’ve always been fascinated by crappy hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments though, I think there’s beauty in the ugly and banal.
I took the images below using direct flash, I think it suits the situation and gives them an almost ‘holiday snapshot’ feel.
I feel another project idea coming-on…
The shots above were made using a Mamiya 7II, 80mm lens and Kodak Ektar 100 film. The flash is a Vivitar 285HV, bare, no diffusion.