April 15th, 2012

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Oxford: lunch hour session

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Some random  images made on expired Kodak Tri-X film during my lunch hour. I started the roll off by photographing the window typography in the windows of the soon to be burger place but the first time I went there the sun was shining on the buildings across the street and the reflections in the glass were too distracting. The next day I left for work earlier than usual in the morning and the overcast light was perfect. I went back there again in my lunch hour that same day to ask if I could photograph from inside the building looking out but the boss wasn’t there and the construction worker standing in the doorway said he couldn’t give me permission so I ended up making a portrait of him instead. There’s so much construction going on around Oxford city centre at the moment. I feel a construction worker portrait project coming on.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f with 80mm lens, Kodak Tri-X processed in HC110 dilution b (1:31).

Be here typography in shop window

I love the way this typography has been done. The dark areas allow you to see in through the glass

Shop front typography. George Street.

I like the frontage of this building on George Street.

Construction worker

Construction worker in doorway. He was very reluctant to be photographed at first because he thought I wanted him to 'pose'. Instead I told him not to move


Here's the work being carried out around the back of the same building

Hand painted Fire Exit sign

Hand painted sign, Broad Street

Construction workers

The three construction workers that I pass almost every day on my way back to my office. A friendly group of guys

I photographed this girl some months ago so it was nice to bump into her again. She's one of the most photogenic people I've come across

Construction workers

This is the following day from the shot above. Little Clarendon Street



Acting: headshot

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

A little while ago I was contacted by Andrew McCormack, a student studying here at Oxford University. He said he’d decided to give acting a serious go and wondered if I would do an acting headshot for him. I had previously photographed him during the dress rehearsal for POSH at the Oxford Union and he really liked my shots from that. I really like making portraits so of course I said yes but I wanted to do it on film, no problem he said so we arranged to meet up at his college to do the photo shoot in the grounds. It was the end of the day and the sun was dropping in the sky so we had to rush a little before the whole of the college quad was covered in shadow from one of the buildings. I decided to use a medium format camera for the shots and as there are only 10 frames on a roll of film  with that camera the shoot didn’t take very long at all.

Andrew was very pleased with the final shots and so am I. Hopefully they’ll play a part in helping him secure some great jobs in his future acting career. If there are any other aspiring thespians out there that require a headshot do please get in touch.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RZ67 camera with 150mm lens loaded with Kodak TRi-X film, processed in Kodak HC110 dilution b (1:31).

This was Andrew's final choice. We shot this in the shade against an off-white wall

Frame 10. After 9 shots I knew I had it in the bag so this was the last shot on the roll. A more pensive portrait.