I’ve never called myself an artist. I’m a photographer. I believe that we start as painters, sculptors, musicians, photographers, and general producers of stuff – the term ‘Artist’ is granted us by others; we, the creators, don’t get to decide. Twenty-five years ago there was a distinct difference between what the general public viewed as art and what we viewed as pornography. A quarter of a century ago, naked woman in plush coffee table books and on the walls of galleries […]
I’m not sure what’s going on over in Japan at the Fuji factory, but they seemed to be putting all their efforts into the production and sale of Instax instant film. I’ve shot a lot of this emulsion, firstly with the wide, but most recently with the Mini version, which I actually prefer; the colours and tones are perfect for portraits, IMHO. When Fuji finally release the square instant film, which I’m guessing will be the same size as the […]
I can’t believe our daughter is Sixteen! Jess can now join the armed forces, invest in a cash ISA, move out of the family home (but if under 17, social services may apply for a care order), give consent to medical, dental and surgical treatment, be detained in police custody and get married. Jess, fortunately, has inherited most of her good points off her Mum, Helen, so she’s already pretty well sorted for life, although she did inherit my poor […]
I ordered four boxes of the new Fuji Instax Mini Monochrome from Amazon, but for some reason, they only sent me one? I loaded the cassette into my Neo Classic, and me being me, burnt the entire ten sheets within half an hour – so, I hope Amazon have more of this instant film on the way because I like it. A lot. I’ve looked forward to the release of this film, the only other black and white instant film […]
I hate waiting; I mean I’m extremely impatient, which is a distinct disadvantage when you’re an analogue photographer. I’m sending my films to be developed and scanned in Russia at the moment, at Lighthouse Film Lab in Novosibirsk – I had to Google it to find out where it is, precisely – in the middle of the continent, just north of Kazakstan and Mongolia, is where. Packages sent from my home on the Isle of Man can take three days […]
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.