Three Pin-Hole Photos of the Same Apartment Block

architecture, black and white photography, experiment, urban landscape

These three were taken with a Holga Wide Pinhole Camera in the vertical panoramic format. Lamalou les Bains is a prosperous and bourgeois spa town, with many clinics. However there are certain areas that have suffered neglect and dereliction. Not surprisingly, these are the most interesting to explore and photograph. These flats, at first view, seemed to be unoccupied, but as I photographed them I realised that they were in fact inhabited.



Self-Portraits in a Jar

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Self-Portrait, Bédarieux, Hérault, France, October 2018

Self-Portrait, Bédarieux, Hérault, France, October 2018

It’s been a while since I made my last post on this blog and I thought I’d come back with something unusual.

I’ve been messing about with printing portraits on flimsy tracing paper, then placing them in water-filled jars, letting them go soggy, and photographing them as they tear, fold and collapse, also making use of distortions created by the curvature of the water. However, whilst the results were interesting, they didn’t particularly excite me.

Then I bought a rather odd lens: Loreo’s 3D macro lens in a cap.


This lens is designed for half-frame digital cameras, but fits my Canon EOS 50e – a 35 mm film camera. The image does not quite fill the usual 35mm frame area, but that doesn’t bother me, and I like the resulting soft edges.

Normal 3D cameras have their lenses 6cm apart – the usual separation of human eyes. But 3D vision gets harder for human eyes and brain as the object of interest comes close. Human eyes struggle to resolve objects closer than about 15cm – the eyes have to cross uncomfortably, and what the right eye sees and what the left eye sees is too different for the brain to integrate into 3D vision.

This means that close-up photographs can’t be made with a normal 3D lens. The problem is resolved by reducing the separation between the two lenses and, ideally, having the lenses slightly converging, to reproduce the ‘crossed eyes’ effect. With the Loreo 3D macro lens the separation between the two lenses is only 2cm, but unfortunately the lenses don’t converge.

The effect of this lens is to miniaturises the viewer and make the thing being viewed seem monumentaly large –  an effect I am keen to explore in my self-portraiture.

I originally converted these into anaglyphtic images – which require red/cyan glasses to view. But I much prefer them ‘unconverted’ – as they appear on the negative: two slightly overlapping, subtly different images side-by-side.


When I receive my next wage packet I’m going to get a wide-angle attachment and fit it to the front of this lens – it’s long been my intention to make macro 3D versions of what I call my ‘strobe shakey-head self-portraits‘ – giving them a monumental feel.

Recent Work: Strobe-Head Self-Portraits

black and white photography, experiment, self-portrait

These self-portraits were taken last week, using a technique I have been experimenting with for quite a few years now. Essentially I make long exposures of myself moving, in a room that is dark other than for a flickering disco strobe.

I started investigating this technique after having made the photographs of stuffed animals, featured here.

The stuffed animal photographs were made in a much more controlled way than these self-portraits, but both are attempts to

Strange Nocturnal Photographs

black and white photography, experiment, recent work
Bédarieux, Hérault, France, January 2018

Bédarieux, Hérault, France, January 2018

In one of my early blogs I posted some photographs which had been taken at night, using a flash, and from a low point of view. These images were then presented as negatives rather than as the usual positives.

With this inversion the light appears to come from above, from the sky, and gives a kind of day-time look to the image, though not entirely so. The limited carrying distance of flash also makes objects register more faintly the farther away they are, disappearing entirely beyond a certain distance. When viewed as a negative this creates an effect similar to dense fog.

Four Stereoscopic Photos From the Museum


I’ve already praised Bédarieux’s little Musée du Patrimoine in an earlier blog post – Bringing Stuffed Animals Back To Life. Here are four anaglyphs I made there last February.

There are essentially two ways of presenting 3D photographs: anaglyphs and stereograms. Anaglyphs superimpose the left and right-eye images – making one red and the other cyan. To get the 3D effect they must be viewed with glasses designed to separate-out the two images.