The photo was probably taken on a Friday evening through the windscreen of my good friend Michael’s car as we motored along the Batley-Bradford road .
Friday night was curry night for our group of friends. For years we’d meet at a pub and afterwards go on and complete the evening with a curry. ..Good beer, good company, good food and a belle-laide landscape to photograph – could Life have been any better?
This photograph was taken from the school coach as it crossed Liverpool to take students to the Liverpool Tate on an Art Department trip.
Back then, I was the (part-time) technician for the Art and Music departments. I also ran the school’s photography club, and, for an hour or two each week, taught black and white photography to small groups of first year pupils (you can see a photo taken during one of these lessons here).
In 2008 I had to leave England and come live in France. I loved my work and felt
This is a bit of a hotch-potch of photos, all taken since my last ‘recent work’ post.
I feel a bit frustrated with my most recent work. I think I’ve struggled a bit because I’ve been chopping and changing film. My favourite film/developer combination is Fomapan 100 in 1+49 Rodinal – but the 100 iso is just a pain when photographing in Winter, especially as I find it hard to work with a tripod. So I tried Agfa APX 400 and Ilford HP5+. But neither work well with Rodinal.
I don’t make a fetish of the ‘perfect negative’ – I prefer a subtle image imperfectly
Here are four more recent prints, all from quite old negatives, one from almost seventeen years ago!
I think I should apologise for (or at least explain) the self-portrait. It’s not the kind of photograph that wins many points in camera-club competitions. It is a precursor to the Distant-Figure self-portraits. At the time I was experimenting with an infrared remote-release. It turned out that it had a much shorter carrying distance than my feet, and it seduced me into a controlled, tripod-based, approach which made the results too predictable.
I like this photograph, or rather it interests me, because
I’ve taken many photographs whilst either driving* or whilst a passenger of a moving car. It’s a point of view that I find moving and fascinating. I’ve already compiled a portfolio for this blog which can be found here – but in browsing through an old hard-drive I came across a folder of more-or-less ‘blog ready’ images, which I thought I might share with you.
My early road photos were taken with a 50mm lens, rather than my now-usual 35mm lens. I suspect that the above photo is my earliest successful ‘Road Photograph’. I usually exhibit is as part of a triptych: