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.
I do use digital cameras, on the odd occasion – these images were all made using iPhone 8+ and Nikon D610. All images were edited using VSCO desktop (which has now been discontinued, apparently)
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 […]
Categories: Photography, photojournalism • Tags: 35mm, 6x7, analogue, black and white, colour, film photography, fishermen, fuji pro 400H, I shoot film, Olympus mju II, personal project, portrait, scotland, trawlermen
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 […]
A few weeks ago, my friend Ed Oldham contacted me; his dad, John Oldham, had sadly died, Ed was going through his things and asked if I’d be interested in some camera equipment… Sometime in October 1942, Tom Oldham went into J.J. Rothwell Photographic Dealers in Stockport, England and purchased a Leica model II with a 5cm Elmar 3.5 lens. I like to think that Tom had a specific reason for his purchase, because only a few months later, in […]
I can remember the first time I used a Polaroid camera – it was way back in the late 1970’s, I was about seven or eight. We were at my uncle Mike’s house for some variety of family gathering, I’d like to say it was the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, but I don’t think it was? Anyway, I found my uncles freshly loaded instant camera and decided to channel what I now realise was my inner William Eggleston…ten shots of […]
Models – Abigail Horne and Matt Corcoran Makeup – Kimberley Berridge Assistant – Hannah Yeowell Thanks to Christy Whitton and Max Grelewicz for the loan of the camper van The bottom 5 images were made using Pentax 67 / 105mm with Fuji Pro 400H and Kodak Ektar 100. The rest are 35mm, using an Olympus OM2 / 50mm 1.4 Zuiko with Kodak Ultramax film.
Yep, that’s the best I could come up with, sorry. ‘Sealed with a kiss’ was an option, but that would give the impression that I actually kissed the seal pup, which I did not. I did however stroke it on the head, it came that close to me. When I posted some of these images on social media a few people commented that I shouldn’t have stroked the seal because “They aren’t pets, they’re wild animals”. No shit, David Attenborough… […]