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Random thoughts and images from the photo archive:

Having spent most of my lifetime immersed in photography of one kind or other I have decided to go through the archive of images and give them a life outside the negative folders and boxes.

The galleries follow me from the start of my photography and cover the following periods: 1970s: My Cowley school images from St.Helens, 1980s: Photo College in Nottingham then London, 1990s: London then moving to Sheringham, 2000s: Before the transition to digital

Imaging Workflow Workshops

My day job is being a professional retoucher. I have been working on other peoples images for over 35 years now, starting off in the colour darkrooms at Tony Stone Photolibrary (Later Getty Images) before setting up the first electronic imaging department there in 1991.

Most of my clients these days are big names in Photography or organisations such as the BBC and The Natural History Museum where I work on major projects such as the David Attenborough documentaries or Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

I have ran workshops around the Country but that is a little difficult at the moment so I have started offering remote workshops via screen sharing, zoom etc. These two hour 1:1 sessions are ideal for someone who would like a little bit of guidance with images / sotware / workflow etc. Each session is tailored exactly to your needs.

You can purchase this special gift for yourself or someone you know here:  https://copyrightimage.com/product/portfolio-and-workflow-review

Political journey

In the Summer of 1990 I travelled to Poland with Adam. We spent some time with Adams dad Boleslaw Sulik who was making a documentary for the BBC on the political movements there (a hot subject at the time).

The film crew were good company but with me being ignorant of Polish politics did not know who is being interviewed here, questions have been asked on Facebook so come back for more info later!
Joining the crew to review the tapes later I remember being very impressed with the clarity of the video they recorded (though of course it was just standard definition).

In retrospect I realise I missed the bigger story of the political movements forming around the race to power and how it would effect the lives of millions of people. In 2021 we find Poland under the influence of right wing thinking that like communism before it sees a totalitarian way forward as the answer, how ironic.

 

Adams greenhouse chair

Greenhouse at the rear of 49 Tyrwhitt Road, Brockley, London. Taken in the later 1980s. A great place to drink out of a Spanish wine skin listening to Spanish / Arabic music.
Mamiya RB67 90mm lens, 6×7 transparency film.

Decades

The Lamb and Flag pub, corner of James Street & Barrett Street, Central London. Taken in the early 1990s
Fashion changes of course but it does not suddenly jump every 10 years, here is the transition from a 1980s style to something different. I often walked from work in St.Johns Wood or later Camden town through central London on my way to Charring Cross and the train home. For me, socialising in a pub was something that happened at lunch time rather than after work.

King George VI Electric Suction Sweeper

Moving to London in 1984 was quite a step for me. My worldly posessions in the boot of a friends car and £40 in my bank account. I was very fortunate to have a lovely landlady (Adams mum). The supplied hover in the shared furnished flat worked well despite it being 30-50 years old.

Estate

Taken in the hills around Burnley Lancashire. Later 1990s.

Reluctantance at the start

Haydock Racecourse N.W. England. Summer 1980. Lining up for the race.
Pentax K1000 camera, Kodachrome 25 transparency film.