Featured image: A traffic warden watches suspiciously as a Volkswagen Golf reverses out of an illegal parking space. This image, from approximately 1984, was shot in Aberdeen city centre. The soup kitchen is long gone. Replaced - last time I looked - by an expensive designer candle shop. Ships tied up in Aberdeen Harbour. You … Continue reading Lost Aberdeen
In January 2018, I bought a Plustek Opticfilm 8100 35mm scanner, with the intention of scanning and archiving my collection of 35 year collection of film negatives. Friends were cynical. I'd get bored. I'd give up after a few weeks. I should wait until I had more time (which I took as code for "wait … Continue reading Five things I learned scanning 1,751 35mm negatives
Thirlestane Castle, in the Scottish Borders, is the venue for the annual classic car show by the Borders Vintage Automobile Club. I went there in 2018 with my Minolta Dynax 4, shooting Lomography 400. The first thing that surprised me was that, among all those beautiful vintage cars, I seemed to be the only person … Continue reading A Very British Day Out
In the middle of a snowstorm, an MG Midget parked by the roadside. Minolta Dynax 4, Minolta 24-50mm f4.0, Kodak Colorplus 200.
In the bright summer sunshine, net curtains soften and dapple the light. Katherine Road, East Ham, London, circa 1987. Film stock not identified.
I've been scanning a lot of old film recently. Or maybe not that old. It was all shot between 1983 and 1987, and it feels old to me, because I'm looking back at the events of my life when I was transitioning from student life to adulthood. Featured image: Light leak, unidentified film stock Truth … Continue reading Grain
I'm a good photographer. Really. But I'm a better storyteller. And while photo sharing websites - Flickr, Instagram, Facebook - do a great job of showcasing individual images, they're not nearly as good at telling stories. I started taking photos in 1983. The camera was a Zenit E. A very basic camera, not particularly aspirational, … Continue reading How I got here