I recently had the pleasure of photographing a fantastic model from the west coast of Ireland, Roseena McNair, who was visiting the Isle of Man for a couple of days. Roseena has a beautiful natural look and wore no makeup at all. I’ve done no skin retouching, whatsoever. I see the work of photographers whose models have the appearance of having been dipped in wax; they have a kind of Madame Tussaud’s look to them. When confronted, they’ll insist that […]
Every Easyjet short haul from John Lennon to Schipol is invariably the same – loud and unruly. On our flight, the stewardess stopped the safety demonstration halfway through because everyone was talking and announced that the cabin crew would not continue until there was complete silence…so, a bit like being on a school trip, except not obeying orders on this outing gets you added to the International ‘No Fly’ list. There’s always a collective excitement on the flight to Holland […]
All the images here were made using a Bronica SQa and 50mm 3.5 lens. Film stock is Ilford HP5 400 pushed to 800. I made the mistake of putting 4 rolls of film through an untested camera, I got the negatives and realised that the rollers on the film back were jammed and dirty, which has scratched the emulsion quite badly. I’ve given the camera a good clean, so hopefully this has sorted the issue.
Some more meanderings from my recent trip with the crew on the fishing trawler, Reul na Mara, in the North Atlantic. ‘8th November 2018. 59°56.220N/6°44.813W Course 268° Sea state – moderate to rough 00.20 – Trawler life is linear; there’s no set time of day when anything in particular happens, it’s merely, ‘Fish, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.’. Clock time is irrelevant, breakfast, lunch and supper are events rather than times of the day. Any sleep pattern I did have, we left […]
For two weeks in November, I joined the fishing vessel, Ruel na Mara and her crew, working about 100km northwest off the Outer Hebrides. I don’t wish to romanticise something that these men do for work, all year round, but for me, it was an incredible experience. “A proper adventure”, as a friend dubbed it – two weeks on a 24 metre, wooden-hulled trawler, with two Scotsmen and four Filipinos somewhere in North Atlantic, wearing the same underwear for days […]
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I viewed the collapsible lens on the Leica with suspicion; how could something that you just pull out like that, with no positive ‘click stop’, be in any way accurate? So I just put my faith in one-hundred-odd years of precision German engineering and fired two rolls of film through the vintage rangefinder without so much as a glance at a YouTube tutorial. A week later, I got the scans back – pretty much all the images were out of […]