Alice

Part of the reason for this site is to find pattern or meaning in the randomness of life. Through images I recall events, through their stillness I find meaning.

Alice, my daughter finds herself with an inoperable brain tumour I am amazed at how lucky I have been to be her father.

Mum

Taken on a late 1970s holiday trip to stay at a caravan in North Wales. Mum taking a rest with Cindy the miniture Yorkshire terrier dog beside her. Perhaps tea bags were considered to be a suitable replacement for cucumber? Mum would have been horified that I had taken the picture. As a learnt later under the guidance of my Photography course tutor Euan Duff, there is nothing wrong in showing “how we are”. You have to admire the multitasking show here.

As a school boy

Taken in the Photography Studio at the Gamble Institute in the later 1970s. This was one of the very first portraits I took and is of another attendee at the Saturday Morning Photography classes that the Gamble Institute ran.
I was not meant to be there as I was too young to be on the course (approx 15), my school friend Ian Griffiths managed to blag us both onto the course by stretching the truth a little.
The Pepsi commercial line written on the blackboard dates from 1974 but this may have been taken between 1975 -1977 when the unusual nature of the commercial still inspired wannabe creatives..

1983

Self portrait, 1983. Having just finished a three year photography course Im in my bedsit contemplating what the future might look like.

Alice

 

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

Channeling Jim Morrison

Burns Street, Nottingham, 1981-82
Adam Sulik, fellow 2nd year Photography student at Trent Polytechnic strikes a pose. Im pretty sure Adam is at least 6′ tall so the guy I have only just noticed in the background must be over 7′
Walking to the old Victorian house where he had just rented a room. Adam was a big fan of The Doors and had a pretty good stereo system.

Student Accommodation Nottingham 1981/2


Second year house share in Lees Hill Road, Sneinton, Nottingham.

Here across 3 frames of 6×6 colour negatives is one of my co-housemates as she takes her turn to clean the kitchen.

Pretty basic facilities and very cold in the winter but the landlord was a nice guy and the rent was reasonable (from memory £8 per week).

The third housemate was a little more particular about cleanliness than I was and I once found a coin resting in the grill cover housing – a test to see I had dissembled the cooker to clean it when it was my turn…

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