June, 2011

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Oxford: Street portraits

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011


These images were made a number of weeks ago but it took me longer than I expected to get through the Summer 8’s images so I apologise if you’re included in one of these shots and have been checking to see if your image has been posted 🙂

[Tech info]: Pentax 67

Man with curly moustache

This man had a great look but I couldn't get far enough back to get him all in for a full length because there was a wall behind me.

A couple on Broad street

Broad street.

Brasenose lane

This builder was working in Radcliffe Square and was heckling me as I was photographing someone else so I asked him if he wanted to be photographed and he agreed.

A student smoking

I quite liked this guy's russian looking t-shirt

Jay, I thought she had a cool look. We had a brief chat about photography and portrait competitions. A very pleasant girl that I hope to run into again around town some time.

Oxford: Summer 8’s 2011 (part V)

Monday, June 20th, 2011

These are the last black & white images from my Summer 8’s 2011 set. There will be colour images following in the future so keep an eye out if you haven’t appeared yet. Again, I’m sorry to anyone that I photographed with my faulty camera who’s image didn’t get recorded onto film, there were some really nice shots that I’m sad about losing but that’s photography for you, there’s no knowing when a pice of equipment might stop functioning properly. The camera that is to blame for those lost images is due back tomorrow after being repaired so I’ll be sure to give a thorough testing.

[Tech info]: Pentax 67, Fuji Acros 100 film.


rowers waiting at the start of the race

Waiting for the starting pistol

Fancy dress

The Vikings are here!

Cool dude

This guy looked cool but there were too many people around for me to get far enough back for a full-length shot. When he had a more serious expression I thought he had the kind of look you might find in a Burberry ad but in this shot of him smiling he looks completely different. Some of his mates were standing to my right so he was getting heckled.

3D video camera

As I saw this man walking towards me on the tow path I thought he had some sort of a stereoscopic pinhole camera mounted on his tripod so I stopped him thinking he was shooting on film but it turned out that he was shooting 3D video. We had a brief chat, a nice guy.

family portrait

Family portrait. Technically this isn't Summer 8's or anything to do with rowing but this was my last shot as I was walking back to my bike from the boat houses. I've always liked to photograph people being photographed by someone else so I got this shot as I turned around after walking past this group of tourists. It's hard to make out at this small size but the man in the middle is actually looking into my lens.

Oxford: Summer 8’s 2011 (part IV)

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Here are some more black & white shots from Eights week this year. I still have 2 rolls of colour film to develop which I hope to do myself some time soon once I’ve batched enough rolls together to make it worthwhile mixing the chemicals because once they’re mixed they only last a week.

There will be one more set of black & white images to come.

One of the rowing crews gets bumped

A bump during Oxford Eights week, 2011.

Another photographer using film

Another photographer using film

A photographer using a nice old Contax film camera

A photographer using a nice old Contax film camera. We had a nice long chat about cameras, photography and Oxford. Unfortunately this frame has suffered from my cameras wind on problem and this was on the very end of the roll so the image got chopped off on the right hand side.

Another photographer using film

Another photographer using film

Some spectators relaxing during the races, Summer VIII's, Oxford, 2011.

Some spectators relaxing during the races



A smartly dressed rowing cox. This is another frame that got chopped off by my camera malfunction but I don't think it's too bad in this shot.

Oxford: Summer 8′s 2011 (part III)

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here are some more images that I made during the Summer 8’s Oxford University rowing competition on film.

More images still to come.

[Tech info]: Mamiya RZ67, Fuji Acros 100 (rated at ISO80, developed in HC110 (1:63) 7mins.



Big sunglasses

Godzilla eater



Snazzy dresser

Snazzy dresser

A bygone era

This lady really looked the part.

Oxford: Summer 8’s 2011 (part II)

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Here’s part 2 of my images from the Oxford university colleges rowing competition.
If you’re in any of these images please leave a comment. As I don’t generally take any contact details from the people I photograph I never know who has actually managed to see their portrait or if they liked it. There’s a Facebook like button at the bottom of the page if you prefer to click that. Thanks.

There are still more to come.

[Tech info]: Camera used, Pentax 6×7 with Fuji Acros 100 film, developed in HC110 (dilution H, 1:63) for 7mins.


Boat race uniform

Boat race uniform

Formal boat race uniform

Formal boat race uniform

Max (from The Big Bang restaurant) & friend

Max (from The Big Bang restaurant) & friend


Standing in the shade

This man was sheltering from the blazing sun in the shade of a boathouse

Burgers and PIMMS for sale

Burgers and PIMMS for sale

Oxford: Summer 8’s 2011 (part 1)

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

This is the first of a multi-part series of images from the Summer 8’s Oxford University rowing competition. I always look forward to this every year because of the mix of different people you find along the river. I especially like to see the different generations where grandparents and parents come along to show support for the young blood.

The ones that got away
One of my film cameras has developed a fault with the winding on of film and unfortunately it’s the camera I used the most during the Summer 8’s competition. The fault meant that I didn’t know when the film roll had finished so there are a lot of shots that I thought I was getting on film when in fact there was no film in the back of the camera. Argh! To make matters worse I tried to tell everyone that I photographed about this blog so there will be quite a number of people visiting who’s portrait have been lost. I’m really sorry about this and no one is more disappointed that I am. The camera in question is still being repaired so hopefully this won’t ever happen again.

Make sure you wait for the rest of this series because it’s possible that your portrait might be included in a future post.

[Tech info]: Pentax 6×7, Fomapan 100 and 400 film rated at ISO 80 and 200 respectively. Developed in ID11 (stock), 10secs agitation every minute.

Rowing boats in boat house

Rowing boats in boat house

Oxford university students

Oxford university students

Red carnation for luck?

Red carnation for luck?

Rowing crew celebrating with a group photo

Rowing crew celebrating with a group photo

Photographer using a Leica 35mm film camera

Photographer using a Leica 35mm film camera

Photographer using a Nikon F3 film camera

Photographer using a Nikon F3 film camera

Obey vest


Oxford: lunch hour session

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Here’s a set of images made on the same roll of film during one of my lunch hours. I’ve been experiencing some problems with the wind on in my Pentax 6×7 medium format camera which has meant that the frame counter tells me I have a few shots left to use when in fact the film has run out. This has meant that I’ve lost images that I thought I had made so if you’re one of the people that I photographed and told to visit this blog I’m very sorry that your image didn’t come out. No one is more disappointed than I am about it especially as I had the camera serviced at the end of April. I’m going to post it back to the repair company tomorrow morning to have it looked at.

Last week was the Summer Eights rowing competition here in Oxford and I have lots of rolls of film still to develop from that but unfortunately I lost quite a few great shots during that time as well. I won’t know the full extent of the loss until I’ve developed all of the film so stay tuned.
[Tech info]: Pentax 6×7, 135mm.

Frills and platforms outfit

Frills and platforms (Catte street)

Rugged looking man wearing glasses

The rugged look (Broad street)

Leather bags in shop window

Leather bags in shop window (Ship street)

Annabelinda shop front

Annabelinda shop front