The Exceptions

“You shouldn’t focus on why you can’t do something, which is what most people do. You should focus on why perhaps you can, and be one of the exceptions.”Steve Case, Co-founder of AOL

I’m experiencing problems with my inner ears at the moment, which explains the extreme seasickness I’ve been encountering. So, until it’s sorted out, I’m concentrating on a land-based project to document people who live in less than conventional homes, such as caravans, van conversions, boats, yurts and sheds at the bottom of a friends garden.
I think the important thing to note about the people I’m photographing for this project is that they choose to live this way, either full time or for the majority of the time, this isn’t a project about homelessness. Having lived in a campervan for a few months, I’m actually envious of this nomadic lifestyle.
The colour images here are of a retired soldier, Andy Lowe, who I met in Scotland in 2016. The black and whites are of Christian Hall, owner of two beautifully self-converted vans.

Colour – Pentax 67II / 105mm / Kodak Portra 400

Mono – Pentax 6x7MLU / 55mm / Ilford HP5 400


  1. Phil Turner

    I hope you get your ears fixed soon, I love your fishing boat series!
    These portraits are incredible, I particularly like the b/w one of the guy sitting on the bunk.
    How are you free ndinv the 55mm lens compared to the 105mm?

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  2. Dave

    Great portraits, Phil. Especially love the black and white shots. I had a cracking 6 seater van that I would love to have converted to a camper for holidays., but i sold it after I gave up racing. Van life isn’t for me, but i appear to be obsessed with it at the moment. YouTube has a lot to answer for.


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