The Curly-Wurly Bridge and Swindon

In the book ‘How to be a (bad) birdwatcher’ by Simon Barnes, the author talks about the simple pleasures that being interested in birds can bring to everyday life. You don’t need to be a ‘twitcher’ or even to know the names of the birds that you see, his contention being that if you’re paying attention, you can see birds at any time of the day, whatever else you might be doing and so sat in a dull meeting at work, the long-tailed tits on the bush outside will help pass the time; in the queue on the motorway, the cirling buzzard might bring thoughts of freedom and escape.

And it doesn’t need to be birds. It could be concrete! Continue reading

35 or 120? You Decide…

Last week sometime, I saw the following tweet from Ade of the Sunny16 Podcast.

While I often try to work out what kit has been used for an image, I hadn’t tried a blind test. What I had done though, is shot the same scene on two formats and using the same film stock, camera settings and development, so I posted up the three pairs of pictures below and invited Ade and the Twitter community to work out which was which. Continue reading

Travelogue 8 – Ullapool to Glasgow

Part eight of my diary/travelogue/waytorememberitinyearstocome, recording a couple of weeks spent travelling around Europe, shooting mostly black and white film.
Previous instalments are here:
Part 1 – Cossington, UK – Wioska, PL – Bratislava, SK
Part 2 – Bratislava, SK – Orosháza, HU – Szeged, HU – Cossington, UK
Part 3 – Cossington – Newcastle
Part 4 – Newcastle to Perth
Part 5 – Perth to Dundee
Part 6 – Unprecedented Concrete
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Travelogue 6 – Unprecedented Concrete

Part six of my diary/travelogue/waytorememberitinyearstocome, recording a couple of weeks spent travelling around Europe, shooting mostly black and white film.
Previous instalments are here:
Part 1 – Cossington, UK – Wioska, PL – Bratislava, SK
Part 2 – Bratislava, SK – Orosháza, HU – Szeged, HU – Cossington, UK
Part 3 – Cossington – Newcastle
Part 4 – Newcastle to Perth
Part 5 – Perth to Dundee


Today was a day of unprecedented concrete. It was the main event. We finally got to see the bridge that we’d travelled for 1300km to get to and it didn’t disappoint… Continue reading

Million Dollar Bills

Before we start, I thought you might be interested in this. It’s a piece on why the results that we enjoy from film are not the same as shooting digital and then adding effects. It’s one of the best explanations of a subject that I’ve always found difficult to pin down. See what you think:

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