Last year I seemed to be ill more often than not. Having a toddler at nursery meant that the house was rarely free of coughs, tissues and Vaporub and as a result, I rode fewer miles than in any since I gave up cigarettes and bought a bike in my late-20s.
As I described in my first 52 Rolls post of 2017, I plan to slow things down a little this year. After last year’s excesses, I hope that by leaving time between the taking of the picture and choosing what to show, I’ll not be tempted into posting the pictures that might have been difficult or exciting to make, but only those that deserve to make the cut on their merits and without that influence.
I’ll be writing up my 52 Rolls summary in the next week or so, but suffice to say that shooting so much film through 2016 has been a complete game-changer. When I read about the project (on Emulsive) in Poland the week before last New Year, I couldn’t have imagined that it would have become so all consuming, changing the way I take pictures completely, and costing me a small fortune in cameras, film and processing.
More cold, dark winter weather here in the UK this week with freezing fog an added bonus. Out of necessity, most of my photography at this time of year is at night, but as long as I have some Neopan, I’m OK with that… Continue reading →
After my trip with Iain to Poland a couple of weeks ago, we were keen to get back to doing what we do, shooting carscapes and infrastructure, usually by night. Since 52Rolls has led to film photography taking over my life, I now take my Yashica along on these ‘fishing’ trips and shoot (lovely, lovely) Neopan versions of the scenes as well as digital. Continue reading →
Last month, I met up with the good people of Leicester Lo-Fi Photography to celebrate the birthdays of the group and one of their main protagonists. Leicester Lo-Fi was two years old. Steve was… older.
The magnificent Markham Moor filling station on the A1. Designed in 1960-61 by Sam Scorer and a German refugee engineer, Dr. Haynal-Kónyi, the hyperbolic paraboloid roof was originally a cover for the petrol pumps of the Lincolnshire Motor Co. Later, a Little Chef ‘restaurant’ was built under the roof.
The building has stood empty for many years before being recently refurbished and made available to let. Apparently, it is one of only two listed filling stations in the UK.
I’d live in it if I could. Better still, I’d live opposite so I could look at it for longer.