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Stuff and Photos.

Here's some stuff i like and some photos I've taken.

Updated: 2015-09-17T06:18:13.761+01:00


The English Approach


Thought I'd mention my uni tutor Clive McCarthy. His pinhole stuff in particular is great.

"If I look at my image making process as a whole, I have recognized that there is a sense of English eccentricity within my recent work. The daily ritual of walking around the New York streets with a large mahogany box camera on a full size tri-pod makes for a very ‘English’ approach to the photographic process."

Walking the Circle Line


You probably all know Rob Gardiner's photography blog ( and while I don't often link off to other blogs, he has recently set himself a really good project..."With a basic 4x5 pinhole camera on one shoulder and a cheap tripod on the other I am walking directly above London Underground’s Circle Line."Worth a look.[...]

Imre Drégely


I like the look of this work by hungarian photographer Imre Drégely. I saw his name and a couple of his pieces in the latest Silvershots magazine before guilt set in at buying so many photographic magazines in one trip! I wish I'd have bought it now. I love the way he combines photos to make a bigger, more abstract image. I think I'll give it a go.See more of his stuff here.If anyone knows anymore about this guy, please let me know. Cheers.____________________________________________[...]

Feeding the squirels


From a trip to regents park.
Modified Holga, HP5 in ID11.

Chucky returns...


Pictures I took in a slightly scary shop in Bern, Switzerland.
Leica IIIf, Delta 100 in ID11.

Bern Switzerland


Photos from a trip to Bern in Switzerland where they still keep bears!
Leica IIIf, Delta 100 in ID11.

Ice Cave


Inside the mountain at Jungfrau.
Leica IIIf, HP5 in ID11.

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Haven't put anything on here for a while... but here are some photos from a trip to Switzerland.
This lot were taken on a trip up to Jungfrau (11,333ft).

All on Leica 111f, HP5 or 100 Delta developed in ID11.

Salgado: 'Genesis' The Exhibition



Sebastião Salgado's last great photographic project, 'Genesis' has appeared regularly in The Guardian's Weekend supplement since September 2004. Four years in, he has sought out places that are still as pristine as they were in primeval times, places that provide hope..

...and finally, the images will be exhibited! (In London!)
Nov 10-Jan 26 2008 Hackelbury, 4 Launceston Place, W8 5RL


I saw the 'In Principio' exhibition last month and lets just say that putting his images online or in print doesn't do them justice! He achieves that 'Leica Glow' on everything no matter how low the light or awkward the subject.

Examples of Salgado's 'Genesis' images can be seen here and here and here and here and here!

Whilst this is an aside / whole different route to his 'usual' photography, Salgado insists that this is not so different as we are all animals fighting to survive.

Can't wait!

Street & Studio: An Urban History of Photography



Exhibition will run from 22 May – 31 August 2008 and will feature the likes of Diane Arbus.

"Comprising over two hundred and fifty works by twentieth century photographers from the UK, Europe, Africa, America and China, the exhibition will present a fascinating history of photographic portraiture taken in cities around the world. There will be a focus on photography taken in the street and the studio, and these two distinct settings reveal different sides of the urban face: the common traits of the man in the crowd, and the representative façade of the bourgeois subject. Some of the photographers included in the show are Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Cecil Beaton, Hugo Erfurth, Walker Evans, Robert Mapplethorpe, Irving Penn, Cindy Sherman, Paul Strand, Weegee and James van der Zee."

I know I will be going!

Review: The Genius of Photography


'Car Trip, Papa at 80 kilometers an hour' 1913. Jacques-Henri Lartigue was just one of the past masters included in 'The Genius of Photography - Fixing the Shadows' last night BBC4, 9pm.

With no one individual catagorical answer to the question "what is the genius of photography?' it would seem that each episode of BBC4's new series will suggest numerous photographer's own opinions whilst telling a bit more of the story that brings us ever closer to the current state of photography; this week's most prominent belief...

"The secret strangeness that lies beneath the world of appearances... is the true genius of photography."

In an age where everyone is apparently a 'photographer' and in which some "29 billion photographs will be taken" in a year on camera phones alone, I looked forward to this series in the hope that it would replenish my belief that it does indeed take skill (or even genius) to take photagraphs that affect more than just their author.

The first episode 'Fixing the Shadows' was a introduction to the medium itself and how problems of fixing the initial images of the Camera Obscura (to create a print,) were overcome. We then loosely follow the story of the evolution of photography and how it became a medium of the masses; from Louis Daguerre and Fox-Talbot's revelations to the beginnings of Kodak.

A fascinating but brief look at some of the influential figures and founders of a medium that has changed and shaped society more than any other. Whilst the facts were there, there was little depth to explain the true public/media response of what was widely considered a likely end to painting and a 'cheat's' medium.'

I can only hope that this episode was a means by which to bring the viewer up to speed on the discovery/creation of photography rather than an attempt at any in depth analysis. Looking at the descriptions of the next 5 episodes, each hour will delve in more depth into some more specific areas.

I personally look forward to episode 6 'Snap Judgements':
"...the impact of the digital post-production techniques that make anything possible, and looks at the rediscovery of techniques which are taking photography back to the 19th century."

In conclusion, this first installment was a great showcase for some past masters, with some interesting essentials about the inception and evolution of a missunderstood creative phenomenon... I just look forward to more detail from now on!

Next Stop Jungfrau


I took this photo of my fiancee, Lara at a look-out point burried deep inside Jungfrau mountain in Switzerland. We had hoped that the weather (which was clear when we set off) would remain good until we reached the summit (11,333ft.) Unfortunately however, by this point it was obvious this might not be the case!

A blizzard had set in so I started taking pictures, sure that I would have little to photograph at the top!


Leica IIIf / 50mm Elmar / FP4 / Dev.ID11 / Multigrade RC Deluxe / June '07

Earth From Space?


You'd think, but actually the pictures in Paul Kenny's 'Seaworks' are creations in which dried sea water is left to crystallise on acetate or glass plates to then be used as negs!

'Harvest Moon'

His 'Iceworks' series is equally unique and stunning. Check out his site here.

These images wouldn't look out of place in 'Heaven and Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye'


Mythical Beasts...


...or so they seem!

I suddenly want to travel a lot more than I did five minutes ago!
Inspiring or what?! Check Nick Brandt's site out here.

Experimental Photography


Curtis Moffat created innovative colour still lifes and some of the most glamorous society portraits of the early 20th century, but for me, the best were his dynamic abstract photographs.


I recently went to see an exhibition of a few of his works at the V&A on until January 13th. "Curtis Moffat: Experimental Photography and Design, 1923-1935"

His 'pictographs' were great, made from negatives created simply by laying objects on a light sensitive material... something I have now tried!

The Genius of Photography



A 6 part series detailing 'the most influential art form of the present day' due to start on 25th October at 9pm on BBC4.
See the promo clip here.
The first episode follows early attempts to fix images.

Polly Chandler


I thought that seeing as I have been going on about some of my favourite photographers, another one wouldn't hurt... I think I just need to get them all out of my system before I put any more of my work on here!

Anyway, next up... Polly Chandler:


Like Burnstine, Chandler's photography takes a surreal slant but is more portraiture than total abstract. Click here for an interesting article in which Susan Burnstine interviews Chandler about her influences and technique.

On Waking Dreams


As I probably said before on more than one occasion, Susan Burnstine is another favourite of mine. This particular shot is taken from her 'On Waking Dreams' series.

'Bridge To Nowhere'

Burnstine makes her own cameras for shots like these resulting in shalow depth of field and limited focus... in my opinion great photographs. She regularly posts here on her blog.



In case you're interested, here is one of mine...


Leica IIIf / 50mm Elmar / FP4 / Dev.ID11 / Multigrade RC Deluxe / June '07

Film Wasters



Filmwasters is a must for any experimental / toy camera (and in particular Holga-files) out there. With regular guest portfolios, the images on show go from thought provoking and deeply considered to experimental and sometimes apparently accidental!

The image above is 'In Anticipation Of A Journey' by Douglas Ethridge, a current guest on the site. On the list of regulars is Susan Burnstine another of my favourites!

The forum and blog are also work a look. Oh, and the new podcast is worth a listen.



My first post... and as I don't know what exactly I want to put on this blog, I thought I would start with a photo by humanitarian photographer and all round photographic genius Sabastiao Salgado.


Apart from the obvious technical abilities of Salgado, (and his trusted M7 and Tri-x) there is the fact that he does what he does to help others, to tell their story as they are (more often than not,) less fortunate.

I guess this interest came from his background and degree in Economics. This photo is one of my favourites. Taken from his 'Workers' body of work, I have no doubt I will be posting more of his work.