2017, Roll 70: #StopBrexitManchester

Iain and I travelled up to the #StopBrexit march yesterday in Manchester. While I’m unsure if it made any kind of difference, I’m pleased that we went along and got involved. I still hold on the hope that as it becomes clearer what a disaster leaving the EU is going to be, more people will…

2017, Roll 18 – Format Festival

Last weekend, I took a trip up to Derby to see the biennial Format Festival. As usual, it’s an excellent show with a real variety of artists and locations in which to see the work. There is a limited amount of that awful ‘photographic art’ at the festival (think BJP cover with a skinny, ill looking woman…

Weeks 47 and 48 – Poland (reprise)

I was in Poland for parts of weeks 47 and 48 and in the 5 days we were there, shot as many rolls of film. That takes me to an unexpected and unprecedented 95 rolls for the year (it was 10 rolls last year). I expect that as we get towards the end of the…

Week 45 – Turn The Heater On

Today, I discovered an area that I’ve passed by hundreds of times but never realised its history or significance. The Nature Alive nature reserve is the former Swannington coal stocking yard that served the mines around Coalville for 150 years. Coal arrived from the pits in the area, was dragged up the Swannington incline, loaded…

Weeks 33-34: Job Done

My last couple of posts during week 32 (here and here) saw me hit the 52nd roll mark and explained that this project had become so all consuming that I’d spent a lot of money on another film camera, albeit a rather special one. Less than a week later, and I was off on a trip…

Week 24:Colour me unimpressed

So this week it back to experimenting with the Holga.  I wanted to see how different coloured  filters affect a Black & White photograph. I had always kind of understood the changes in contrast but what I had never really looked at was how filters render different colours in B&W. Thus I took 4 pictures…

Week 6 – Faded Glory

Finally we have had some winter sun for more than just a fleeting glimpse. However as a result the T2 with Kodak Portra 800 has remained indoors. So I loaded up some Tri X and went back to Morecambe. There is nothing sadder than a once thriving English coastal resort that is now well past…

Week 2: Swing and a miss [Disco Foxtrot]

I’m heartened (not “pleased”) to see that I’m not the only one having problems getting their processes nailed down at the start of this project. This week I photographed a 300-year-old wine crane on the banks of the Rhine in the Rheingau. The light was flat because of the overcast skies and I was struggling…

Week 1: Resting place [Disco Foxtrot]

Mainz’s Hauptfriedhof (Main Cemetery) has a great collection of memorials from the mid- to late-1800s. Contact sheet: I’m not really “working the shot” here. One of the temptations of cemetery shooting is to go from monument to monument too quickly, since there is so much to see. I thought 8, 9, and 11 were the most…

52:320TXP (Remixed) – Weeks 05 and 44

Sometimes the best way to revisit a rather successful project is to give it a remix, in this case it was taking some of my favourite images from the project and taking them into the darkroom. Now in the past I haven’t had access to an enlarger that could print 4×5 film, however a recent…

Roll 3: James’

Moar party pictures! I promise this isn’t my usual fare, its just been very convenient lately. This was the first roll I put through this camera, a cheap old Nikon N70 that I picked up at an antique store in Cambridge a few weeks ago. It was pretty useful because it has a flash, something…