August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
Hi everyone, just a quick update to say that my photo book ‘California Calling’ is now available for digital download via the iBookstore for those of you with Macs, iPads etc.
I hope you like it..
Thanks for all of the support.
August 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Double Exposed Polaroid 600 – Circa. 2000.
Nearly everything I shoot these days is in digital because let’s face it; it’s easier, cheaper, quicker and often (usually) more commercially viable. Bridge cameras, DSLR’s and iPhones have all helped bring the digital revolution to the forefront of photography. It’s nothing new. But it leaves me cold. More people than ever now take photographs. This is a good thing I realise but I think it takes away the love of it all. I realise I’m probably not explaining this too well but there is something so unique, and so special about shooting with a film or Polaroid camera.
I’ve recently moved house, and this gave me a great excuse and to sort through boxes and boxes of 35mm negatives and exposed Polaroids. I looked through them all, and they just seem to hold so much more substance. They are real. Printed in front of me. There is in my opinion an art to them which will forever elude digital photography.
I’m aware there are many photographers that still shoot in film, but in truth it’s not something I do enough of and I need to change that. I need to feel like a “photographer” again and in my humble opinion shooting with film is such a large part of that.
I decided that I needed some personal projects to work with to use film again so I started to look through the internet to gather some inspiration. I came across a great article on fstoppers.com by David Geffin titled ‘Why I’ve gone back to shooting film, and why you should too’ It essentially told me what I already felt and I found myself nodding in agreement as he suggested that our DSLR’s have “turned us into the equivalent of photographic sloths”
I then watched a film which I had been meaning to watch for a while called ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ who was a Nanny in America but had a somewhat secretive life as a street photographer. I’d urge anyone with an interest in film photography to watch this film.
For me, I’ve decided that for the first time in years, next month I will shoot a model completely on Impossible Project Polaroid 600 film. I’m looking forward to this shoot more than any other I have done in a serious amount of time. I have also been wondering for some time how I could make my 2nd California book different to the first. I am now starting to consider shooting a large portion of the book on Medium Format film as well as Impossible Project…
Thinking about film, and how I can implement it has kind of taken me back to where I started and in all honesty it has helped me regain my love for the art form which is photography.
August 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
I realise I’ve not really been keeping on top of posting on this blog and it’s often because I really just don’t know what to put on here. I think it can become really mundane just adding photographs on here and telling people what I’ve been up to… Wondering what to do with the blog I spent hours last night looking at other photographers and artists blogs trying to gather some inspiration. I soon realised that they are all so similar – recycling images already on the personal websites with a few captions… This is why I want to change what this blog is all about…
I still want to use it as somewhere to publish my “news” but I am determined to make it more emotive and honest – like a working journal. I want it to represent my personal character – something which it really lacks at the moment. If I have something to moan about (this is quite common) then this will become my platform to do so – I realise that this isn’t going to be to everybody’s taste but so be it. I’ve not really cared about anyones taste or morals for the last ten years, so I really don’t intend to start doing so now…
Anyway, lets go with it, and see what happens…
Fade to fucking black…