I was sad to hear the passing of Photographer Terry O'Neill today.
I printed some of Terry's work back in the day and he was indeed a very nice and very funny man without the over-bloated ego that some of his rivals had.
He was also incredibly generous and signed several prints for me by way of appreciation one of which is pictured here (my personal favorite.)

He work lives on..



Creation through limitation..

Last week I dusted off my 6/17 panoramic and ventured out into the desert. It's probably been 5 or 6 years since I used the mighty Art Camera. It a huge thing, but thankfully can be hand-held thanks to a few modifications and big arms. 
Its easy to forget the joys of shooting film and it took a little while to slip back into that way of thinking, especially with this camera which uses a large format lens and has 5 things to remember before taking a shot.
I had forgotten the sense of achievement you feel when shooting film, and of course the anticipation of getting back those films. But of course then comes the scanning and dust removal which brings you back down to earth...Still well worth the efforts of feeling like a proper photographer though


A Door and A Spoon.


 Approaching my tenth year of teaching photography, I still get hung up reading and researching all the codswallop people have come up with over the years in regards to The Rules of Photography.
I should begin by stating that personally I believe there are no rules within the artistic realm, and any if are they should only serve to be broken. I also believe that the writers of such nonsense probably never made a photograph, ever...
Take the image below. Made in the middle of the day, in bright sunshine, with the main subject in the middle of the frame.
Photography is what YOU make it. No one else..

Scotland/England Border. 2009 By Coastal series.
Its been so long since I visited the homeland now that anytime I see an image of it I get all goose bumpy and nostalgic.
I have always considered my By Coastal project (2009 ish) as a pivotal point in my image making. Despite it being physically and technically the hardest project I have shot (think very very cold, very very wet, windy most of the time, dark,  and using a large format camera and film). It is a project I will always hold dear.
The above image was made along the border of England and Scotland before the barriers and passport controls come into effect (a bad Brexit joke there).


The Magic Boat

The Magic Boat, UK 2008
As the mornings become cooler and we move into my favorite time of year I am reminded of those frosty mornings growing up in Cumbria. The above image became part of The Flowery Room (was going to be called The Magic Boat) series based around my childhood memories. I would walk past this boat on my way to school and couldn't believe it was still there after all those years.


I remember staying at my Grannies house in Scotland eating Nips and Tatties (Turnip and Potato) before going for a walk with my AV1 Canon Camera. I was 14 years old and didn't have a care in the world. After an hour or more I ended up walking along the Solway Coast. As the sky began to bruise and as I made an image of an old boat and it's remains. I would later process the film in the cupboard under the stairs and print the image in my bedroom. After many prints and efforts to hold back the foreground and 'burn in' the sky I managed to get a good print which was later framed and hung above my Grannies fire place for many years.. After her passing at 102 the picture was stored away, but rediscovered some time later by my Mother.  Now it hangs above her fireplace, hopefully for many more years to come.

Solway Coast, Scotland. 1987