The dusty desert roads of the Mojave are still calling, so much so that a new series has been created;
A Day In The Desert. 
Sticking with the 6-17 format has given the project what it needed as the long format, unique contrast, vignetting on the edges and other goodies is something which cannot be easily replicated digitally.
Technically the project is a total departure from my past work. Shooting in the middle of the day in bright sunshine and hand holding is a bit like shooting with a big fat compact camera from the 80's. But as I always say; "It doesn't matter how you get there...Just get there."


As an Englishman I have always believed that, like a long country stroll, a day out with a camera should always end with some kind of small reward. With me, and many others, this usually involves food or some kind of beverage be it coffee, tea, or even a fruity cocktail.

  Mojave 2020.

Long live the Road Trip in all it comfort food goodness..


What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.

The dry and thorny desert trips continue  as I make my way through the Mojave again this week. 
It used to baffle me why people would live in such a place, but the quite open space keeps bringing me back and I can see the appeal of living the desert life. Of course this will change  in a few months when its a 120 degrees and I am attacked by a desert dog or sand flies. 
I did meet a man who claimed to be living in the desert, and by that I mean living off the land and not a house with ac and running water. He certainly looked like he had been ruffing it, or maybe he was just homeless. But after talking with him for a while I realized he actually was serious and as it happens very interested in photography (or stealing my camera). 
And so I continued to entertain him and then he asked if I he could watch me make a photograph. At this point I wasn't sure if he wanted to be my friend, rob me, or undo my belt. But concerns aside I began to compose an image and talked him through my steps. 
And so after setting up a shot with a mountain in the background, an old sofa in the foreground, and a stray dog in the distance, the desert man asked if I could hold on a moment why he went to get something. And so I waited with baited breath as the man scurried off, probably to get a knife or a large stick, at least that's what I was thinking. Moments later the dirty man reappeared  holding something wrapped in a dirty old towel. 
"You've inspired me to take a photograph. would you mind?"
At that moment he removed the towel covering a camera and lifted it to his eye. 
It was a Leica M3...

What draws us into the desert is the search for something intimate in the remote.
Edward Abbey


The Mojave desert continues to pull me in again as I continue to explore its vastness. My latest trip gave me a blanket of cloud and soft light, perfect for those pastel tones..


Not sure where or when, but its a throwback to when I would venture out into the darkness armed with a camera, a sturdy tripod, and a fancy flashlight.



Going back to the old 6/17 format and using film has been a real joy. In a photographic world set on giving the photographer limitless possibilities its good to work on a somewhat fickle format and its many limitations; measuring focus, cocking shutters, making sure the lens cap is off, winding on film to the right spot, closing the lens, working out the exposure and filter compensation, and a few more things I always forget. But then I remember, limitation equals more creation.
As a predominantly 'landscape' photographer  you often want a lot in shot from side to side, but not so much in front. This is where the panoramic format comes into play. 
There is still a part of me that thinks that the format is still a bit long and silly but that hasn't stopped me shooting with it over the past ten years or more. In fact I dug out the ones I liked and added a new page to my website.