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November dip

A gentle still day. The sea laps against the North Norfolk shore at Sheringham. Digital, not film, Lumix G7 shot processed as if it were film.

Waterway

An early component of the Victorian revolution. Canals became a network that enabled a revolution. The revolution started in the North West of England and transformed the world.

Held high in the air this waterway crosses the road.

Some guidance needed

This image sold well on Getty Images when I used the agency but has also been stolen many times by religious groups on Facebook and various blogging sites – I’m coming for you!

The maze started life as a black and white line drawing that was then extruded using the landscape generator software “Bryce” that was popular in the 1990s. Other elements shot on film and scanned before being put together on a Silicon Graphics Indy computer running Barco Creator software.

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Mother of Pearl

St.Stephens Tower (aka  Elizabeth Tower) clock face, Parliament,UK. Taken in 1988.

I had just bought a second hand 500mm mirror telephoto lens for my camera and thought the clock face would be a suitable image for Tony Stone Images stock library.

The IRA were still bombing the mainland in those days but I was left undisturbed in Parliament Square that evening even though the large lens on my camera mounted on a low tripod was the spitting image of a rocket launcher.

A late Summers evening as the sun picked out the beauty of the clock face.

Taken with a Pentax K1000 camera using a  Tamron SP 500mm lens on 35mm Fujichrome Provia film.

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Fabricated landscape

A 1980s 35mm transparency of a field of reeds combined with an Agfa Arcus II flatbed scan of some fabric (also 1980s).

Ian Holm

So sorry to hear of Ian Holms death today. A pretty good innings at 88 though.
 
I was fortunate enough to meet Ian Holm when he played Lech Wałęsa at Granada studios Manchester in 1981. I was there with Adam, a fellow photo student at Trent Polytechnic who was the son of the writer Boleslaw Sulik. He had written “Strike! the story of Solidarity”, the movement that eventually saw the collapse of Soviet control of Poland.
 
What I remember most was his good grace; he was kind to me, a young stranger who took photographs of him as he tried to relax and focus in the breaks between filming scenes. We  had a short chat about photography as it was also an interest of his wife.
 
I was struck that this humble man was completely grounded as he took center stage in depicting the story of the Polish freedom movement. A real pleasure to meet an extraordinary man.
 
In this photo Ian is talking to the writer Boleslaw.
Pentax K1000 camera, 50mm f2 lens, Ilford HP5 film rated at 400ASA.

Tree shadow

Unknown location but in the North West of England.
Minimalist and Brutalist architecture. 1980s.

Saint John

St.Johns station near Brockley on a foggy night. 1980s

One of the slam door trains moves past the platform at S.Johns and heads to the next stop: New Cross.

This was my local train station and was used for trips to work. I traveled via 2 trains and the underground and the journey was from St.Johns in South London to St.Johns Wood in North London.

Flats

Burrows court Flats photographed from Colwick Woods, Nottingham Taken in approx 1981/2
(Many thanks for the people on the Facebook “Nottingham” group for their help in finding this location)

Mamiya 124G twin lens reflex camera 80mm lens, Ilford Pan F film at 50ASA.

Alice

My daughter Alice, taken in 2001. film processed in 2018.
Canon EOS 1 camera 100mm lens Ilford FP4 plus 35mm film

Caravan of secrets

A fortune teller at the Goose Fair in Nottingham, approx 1982. HP5 high speed film pushed 2 stops.

As part of my final year documentary project at Trent Polytechnic I had been photographing people in pubs and clubs using available light, a low shutter speed and a wide aperture to get enough light to the film. Hand held photography at night felt liberating, a technical challenge but also fun. Walking through the Goose fair and recording what I saw felt natural to me though pretty strange perhaps to others.

The curtains of the caravan were open for all to see but what was said stayed inside as the music, machines and crowds provided a protective wall.

A vague memory of taking this picture but i only noticed its thin and sparse negative 38 years later. Not one of my better images but like a blurry photo of a live dodo it has some merit (searching Google images for fortune teller caravan reveals no true documentary image of the subject – let me know if you find one).

 

Light reading

Syndicated through Getty Images  late 1990s.
35mm transparency scanned and textured in Barco Creator software. Model released shoot.

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Still Point

Shot at the London Marathon in Greenwich. This image was syndicated through Getty Images in the 1990s. A straight scan of a 35mm transparency with no image manipulation.

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Evening dance class

Dance class in the main hall of the YMCA Nottingham approx 1982. Taken as part of a documentary project in my second year at Trent Polytechnic studying photography. The dance tutors were very nice people and allowed me to wander around all their classes to take pictures. The younger classes were held during the day and the light pouring into the room really set off the chaos and fun of the children learning. The evenings were much less chaotic and much more formal.

Im not a dancer myself but documentary photography allowed me to explore other peoples interests and passions. One day I was walking into town and saw a dance class in progress, it seemed natural to go through the door and ask if I could take photographs. I was made welcome and in return I found a respect for their world.