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London: day trip with Ben

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Just over a year ago I went to London for the day with a photographer friend of mine, Benedict Campbell, with the sole purpose of doing street photography. The weather was unusually warm for October and we were fortunate to have some amazing light to photograph in. We had a fantastic day of photography and it’s something I hope we can manage to do again some time. I’ve still got lots of shots from that day to post and as it’s just gone past the one year mark I thought I would dig some out from my backlog.

[Tech info:] Canon Sureshot Ace, Kodak Pro Image 100 film, developed in a Rollei Digibase C41 kit, Pakon scans.

London: from the hip

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

When I went to London last month for a day of photography with my friend Benedict Campbell, one of the cameras I took with me was a Canon Sureshot Ace point and shoot compact which has a wasit level finder on the top. I had only just got it so I decided to take it with me to see how useful it might be for some candid street photography. It took a little getting used to because the finder window is so small but I began to enjoy the low viewpoint and the ability to get quite close to people. Here are some of the results during lunch time in the city.

[Tech info:] Canon Sureshot Ace, Fuji Reala 100 film (expired), processed in Rollei Digibase C41 kit, Pakon scans.

London: street photography day – part 2

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

These shots are from the beginning of our day in the city (which started at around 10.30am), coffee in the Rapha cycle shop and then we stopped for lunch near the Lloyds building. I was using three different cameras so these blog posts will be out of order as I’ll be posting my favourite shots from each roll of film.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35 loaded with Kodak TMAX 100, processed in Kodak HC110 1+31.

London: street photography day – part 1

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Last week I spent a day in London with my friend Benedict Campbell doing street photography and here’s the first set of pictures Ben and I used to work together at the same studio many years ago and it’s been over 20 years since we were out photographing together so I was really looking forward to this trip.The weather was surprisingly warm for October, there was a nice atmosphere on the street and people were in a good mood – all good ingredients for an enjoyable day to be photographing on the street. I took three different cameras with me and a selection of different films so there is a good variety of images to follow.

[Tech info:] Yashica Electro 35, Kodak Hawkeye traffic surveillance film, processed in a Rollei Digibase C41 kit, Pakon scan.

Archive: some shots from 2012

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Here are some images that I made back in autumn 2012 that I thought I had already posted but after checking back I realise that I hadn’t. Last week I bumped into the guy in the top left shot and after he told me that he hadn’t seen his shot yet it prompted me to check. He looked a little different but I still managed to recognise him and he remembered me making this picture during my lunch break which is nice considering it was over a year and a half ago. Some of these shots were made during my lunch hour photo walks and a couple are from a day trip to London. Same camera, different rolls of film.

[Tech info:] Rolleiflex SL66, 80/2.8 Zeiss Planar. Fuji Velvia 100 and Kodak Ektachrome 100G films. Processed in a Tetanol E6 kit.

London: day trip part 1

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Some photography from a day trip to London last weekend. The weather was amazingly warm (for October) and the light was perfect for photography. First stop, Portobello market where there was no shortage of amazing stalls and photogenic people to photograph. It was a bit too busy to stop many people which was a shame but instead it was nice just to chat with some of the market stall owners especially the ones selling film cameras. If you find the stall selling old letterpress type (I think it’s called The Old Print Shop), be sure to check out the camera seller in the building opposite them. From the outside it’s not obvious what an amazing collection of cameras are inside and the greek gentleman is a joy to talk to (last pic).

[Tech info:] Rolleiflex SL66, 80/f2.8 lens loaded with expired Kodak Ektachrome 100G. Home processed in a Tetanol E6 kit.

London day trip: Nov/2011 part 3

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

This is the third instalment of images from my last day trip to London. My walk along the Thames led me to Tate Modern where I saw the a short film that was projected on a huge screen inside the turbine hall. It was shot on film which was very appropriate for me as that’s my medium of choice. From the Tate I walked over the Millennium bridge to see the Occupy protesters. By this time it was getting late into the afternoon and the light level was falling rapidly so I didn’t manage to get very many shots. I did see three other photographers there that were using film and managed to photograph each of them.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f camera with New Kodak Portra 400 film. Processed and scanned by me.

Rolley golfers. These golf carts are a cross between a regular golfing trolley and a Segway. I saw these guys coming along with a small video crew following them. When I asked what they were doing they said they were making a viral video. They seemed intrigued by my old skool camera and were kind enough to let me photograph them.

golfer with a flat cap

Golfer.

golfer wearing a flat cap

Golfer.

Golfer.

one leaf on decking

One leaf.

FILM art installation inside Tate Modern

FILM art installation inside Tate Modern. I made a guess at the exposure for this and the slant of the camera is because I was resting it on a padded bench. I loved how the little girl was fascinated by the projection and her shadow that was cast on the screen. I'm sure she was unaware that lots of people were staring at her from the darkness.

A lady holding a Rolleiflex camera

Rolleiflex user at Occupy protest, St. Paul's Cathedral.

A man using a Leica film camera

Leica user. I had a great conversation about photography with this photographer.

A man using a Mamiya M645 film camera

Mamiya M645 user. I have one of these cameras but this one was really battered up. It had a lot of character to it and is a good example of how well built these cameras are.

Breakdancing crew

Breakdancing crew.

Bride and groom

Wedding couple. This shot has turned out amazingly well considering how low the light level was. New Kodak Portra 400 is incredible film. I got this shot as the official wedding photographer was setting up some of his equipment.

 

 

London day trip: Nov/2011 part 2

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Here’s the second batch of images from my day trip to London on 19th November 2011. Quite a few of these images centre around a used book market that I came across on my walk along the Thames from Westminster bridge to Tate Modern. I’m not sure which bridge this was under but the light was fantastic. I made some candid shots which is very unusual for me because I prefer to ask people’s permission and have eye contact with the camera but a lot of people were so engaged with browsing the books that I found it very photogenic.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f camera with Kodak Tri-X 400 film. Processed in Ilford DD-X (1+4) for 8mins, 20c.

cool looking guy with Ray Ban sunglasses

Listen all y'all it's a sabotage. This guy looked so cool and reminded me of the Beastie Boys music video for Sabotage.

A man browsing for books

Book browsing. I like the retro look of this guy.

Looking at a book cover

Don't judge a book by its cover.

This guy approached me to ask about the camera I was using. He's a film director studying 3D movie making and he wondered whether I was using a 3D camera because of the twin lenses. We had a great conversation about stereography and movie making. A very cool guy.

Books for sale

Books for sale.

The previous frame on the roll to this was a candid shot I made of this couple looking at poetry books but after they saw my twin lens reflex camera we got chatting about it and I decided to make a more regular portrait of them. They were a lovely couple and after I made this shot Adrian offered to make one of me (see below).

A portrait of me made by Adrian (above). Not quite in focus but a gallant first time effort with a strange camera :-)

 

London day trip: Nov/2011 part 1

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

These images are all from a day trip to London that I made last weekend. I went to visit some photography exhibitions including the Taylor Wessing portrait winners at the National Portrait Gallery. I entered two prints but didn’t get shortlisted out of the 6,000+ entries. Looking at the 60 shortlisted portraits I noticed only two were black & white. Both of my entries were black & white so perhaps that reduced my chances? The weather was nice all day and the light was fantastic for photography. People seemed to be in a good mood and a number of people came up to me to ask about the film camera I was using, something I am always happy to talk about.

On this day trip I shot more film than on any previous visit to London. I will break the images down to multiple posts as I make my way through scanning the film.

[Tech info:] Kodak Portra 400 film in a Mamiya C330 medium format camera. Processed and scanned by me.

People walking towards the London Eye

Into the light. I love the long shadows in this shot. You can see the London Eye in the background.

A man playing bagpipes, London

Bagpipes, Westminster bridge. This man's jacket and tie was well co-ordinated with the colour of the bridge.

Ice-cream seller

Ice-cream van, Westminster bridge. With the nice weather this man was quite busy. I ended up holding up foot traffic to get this shot.

Scouts eating lunch

Lunch break.

Freestyle football skills

Freestyle football. I like the reaction of the man on the right.

Breakdancer

Breakdancer. When photographing tall people with a camera using a waist level finder the images tend to be on the unflattering side.

Wooden horse

Joseph the horse. I was drawn to the bright colours of these horses in the sunlight.

This gentleman came up to me to say that he learnt photography back in the 1970's on the same camera that I was using. He still has some lovely film cameras but sadly doesn't use them any more because digital is so convenient. What a shame.

Lady with red hair

This lady's red hair caught my eye as she was browsing secondhand books under one of the bridges along the Thames. The was amazing under there and I could have easily spent all day there.

 

It’s a London thing

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

This set of images are from a day trip to London that I made in September. All shots are from the same roll of film, processed and scanned by me.

[Tech info]: Expired Fuji NPH 400 (2007) in a Mamiya C330.

Man drinking an iced coffee from Starbucks

It's very rare for me to photograph someone on the street without asking them first but I really liked the bright colours in this scene and as I was walking past the man was so engrossed in his phone that I decided to grab the shot - of course that's when he looked up at me!

Man holding a Leica camera

This photographer was part of what seemed like a Leica user meet up in Soho but they all had M9's whereas this guy had a film Leica so of course he was the only one that I photographed.

This lady was having a smoke break outside the beauty salon that she worked in.

Wrestling masks

These masks remind me of Strong bad the wrestler: http://www.homestarrunner.com/vcr_sb.html

Red and green buildings

RGB

Old shop exterior, London

I love the exterior of this shop and can only imagine what it's like inside.

Man smoking

Just chillin'.

Hats for sale

Hats, hats and more hats.

 

London: day trip

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Apologies for the lack of any new images being added. I’ve been very busy working through my back log of processing which seemed to be never ending as I was busy adding newly exposed rolls of film to the pile almost daily. I’ve now got a huge pile of negs waiting for me to scan in so I know what I’ll be busy doing during the dark winter months. I’ve had a quick look through and there are some real gems in there so stay tuned as I drip feed them in the weeks and months ahead.

Here are a few images from a day trip to London near the end of July. More images to come from this roll.

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f. I need to check on which type of film this was.

Taking a break

Taking a break.

Watching the world go by.

Watching the world go by. This man reminded me of Stan Lee. We had a nice conversation about how London and the types of tourists that visit have changed over the past 20 years.

Leica photographer.

Leica photographer. I bumped into this fellow film photographer as I was on my way out of the British Library. I can't remember which model Leica he was using. The sun was very harsh, this is on the edge of the shadow from the building.

London: street portraits

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Here are some street portraits I made during a recent day trip to London. These were from the same day as the ‘London calling’ set but I had to wait to receive the colour film from the lab, hence the delay. I must admit it’s very exciting to receive an envelope of negatives in the post from the lab because up until that point I’m never completely sure what might be on the film. Even after I get my first look as I hold the film strips up against the nearest source of light, I still don’t get to see the images properly until I start to scan them in. As the images appear on my screen for the first time I get the same buzz as when I used to watch a b&w print appear in the developer tray in my darkroom days, many years ago. Looking at an image on an LCD screen on the back of my digital cameras just doesn’t give me the same buzz. Convenient? Yes. Exciting? No.

Teen

Somewhere in Soho

A smartly dressed man on a London street

Smart dressed man

A man standing in a London park

Park life

Couple standing on a London street

This lady told me that she studied at Oxford. Small world!

Cyclist standing with his bike on a London street

Nice wheels

Man wearing suit, red tie and sunglasses

Sharp dressed man