Fifth of an initial six triptychs shot for The Blind Swine, the soon to be sleaziest (in a good way) place to hang your hat whilst indulging in the finest of eating and drinking pleasure in York.
So other than the above words it’s been a little quiet from me of late, it’s been a busy old time plus I’m on one of those half year review timeouts from it all. You know the ones, I lock myself up inside my own head and have a million conversations with myself. I usually head out on the bike alone into the country lanes just for some time away, no distractions, just me, myself and my thoughts. It’s been a strange old rollercoaster of a year so far, huge ups and some pretty major downs. I’ve had to bail on a couple of really great ideas simply due to my lack of time and then at other times I’ve been scratching around for inspiration with all the time in the world. I’ve dropped some balls along the way but also pulled off some pretty grand last minute jobs. Time to set out the plan for the next 6 months, figure out where my path is right now and quit getting distracted from my main aims for 2012.
Anyway back to the photography, another from the Blind Swine tomorrow and i’ve been particularly mean in holding back this one until last as it’s of the guy who actually got me in on this shoot. Ha! sucker. Honestly though it’s worth waiting for if you’ve ever wondered what the untold secret of top flight chefs is . . . . . . . .
A couple of firsts for the series. First female triptych and first one shot on film.
Betty B one of the leading lights of Hulls very own Roller Derby team, HARD, or Hull’s Angels Roller Dames.
Leica CL, 40mm cron. Kodak TMax (I was all out of TriX, don’t hate me for it).
If things line up (they already pretty much have) I’m set to add a good few more of these triptychs very soon. I’ve been warned that they will be of a “rather interesting and diverse” set of individuals. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what my good friend has signed me up too.
Another somewhat long overdue rider portrait for the set.
Up this week Mr Scott, who has managed to unwittingly kick me into gear with this project again simply by the fact he’s leaving (now left) York. What you see here is a Scottish Scott ready to take on the elements. Actually you see us sheltering in the archway at the pub to take photos but whatever.
A man who loves his cycling, road, mountain, whatever he’s up for anything with two wheels and a human drive chain. We’ll miss ya Scott and for those lucky folk down on the South coast watch out for a ferocious Hipster chasing you down on his Brompton whilst whip skidding his way through the puddles (and mostly staying upright in the process).
So you may have noticed it went a little quiet around here last week, that was due to me taking a long overdue break from it all. Nothing clears away the stresses from a photographers life like going to a new place and making . . . um . . . .photographs. Some may question why I didn’t just put the cameras down and take a full no photos break. Well to those who ask that I simply say making photographs is how I deal with the world, it’s what I do, it is essentially me. I journal, I collect, I make memories, I recycle light. Without it I fear what I may become, with it I feel I may express my vision of the world to those who may care to view it.
So with that said, to the trip.
I’d decided that it was going to be one of an almost zen like quality, I’d decided that I was only going to use film. To me this is unplugging, letting go of the instant gratification of digital, letting go of all the modern tech crammed into cameras these day to “aid” in our visual expression. What I had was what you see above.
A bag into which the following was poured each morning;
40mm f2 / 15mm f4.5
Mucho mucho film for both cameras
Plus the needed everyday bits and bobs.
I managed to munch through a fair amount of the film I took with me (and almost panic bought some emergency Portra 400 when I stumbled upon a glorious find of a camera emporium). A little note on FotoSkoda, this is probably Pragues largest camera store (if not the whole Czech Republic) I’ve been in some pretty impressive stores before but this place was a proverbial gold mine of goodies, just a shame the exchange rate meant that the prices are higher than back home.
Anyway much fun was had and I’m currently waiting on a few more rolls being dev’ed and piecing together my collection for prints.
However to keep you wanting more here are a few likely candidates to make the final cut.