Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Caledonian Road Portraits (continued)

Colin Jenkin, Landlord at The Prince Pub

Dave Elvis, local celebrity and ex- X Factor contestant

Yoohamide, Fruit Seller

Louise Potter, The Vintage Girls Pop-Up Shop

Mohamed Hammoudan, Team Cally

Pankaj Patel, The Post Office

Bektas Akcatag, The Ocean Fish Bar and John Argyrou, Community Support Police Officer

Mr Attia Elneshoky, The Cally Paint Shop

Paul Convery, Councillor

Friday, 15 April 2011

Caledonian Road Portraits.

In mid February 2011 I moved to Caledonian Road, Islington. I have begun a documentary portrait project on the traders, inhabitants and general familiar faces of the road. In an attempt to document the community around me, whilst portraying it's diverse neighbourhood.

Anya Johnson, Organiser of The Cally Festival

The Halal Butchers

Bruce Milano, Salamis II (a liqueur shop which has been operating on the road since 1964)

Yasar and Hanife Yasar, Yasar Food Market

Train stations...

January 2011, Bournemouth and Christchurch Stations.

(Some accidental multiple exposures...)

Christchurch Station

A waiting passenger with the station background

Once more

A waiting passenger (who had difficulty keeping still)

A train arrives and departs at Christchurch Station (long exposure)

A sunday walk.

... With a wonderful old friend, along the beach where we grew up.

From Branksome Chime towards Poole

Family Portraits.

 ... Taken on boxing day, in the evening. Very tricky forty five second long exposures, a fidgety sibling and two very patient cousins.

These images are the first with the MPP (the previous were taken with a borrowed Wista).

Lana (cousin)

Matthew (brother)

Stefan (cousin)

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

The First Experiments...

The last six months of my six years living in CornwallI were spent documenting the place I have come to call home. This work was produced with a large format field camera, creating black and white paper negatives with Ilford Positive Paper. The photographs exist only as one copy on photographic paper. The subject matter, the process and the final result is inherently precious.

This is a different approach to photography when compared to my usual work, but I have enjoyed revisiting the slow, methodical process of using a large format field camera as well as using a new, but traditional process. The subjects are approached with discipline (even more so considering the nature of the materials I am using, which require long exposures that often create quite a surreal image) and not in the usual fleeting way that I am accustomed to.

(I should mention that a few of these images were taken with a Toya and pinhole board, which I fashioned out of an old paper box- hence the dramatic skys...)

The photographs focus on the landscape, people and trades of Cornwall. Three things that can portray the most about a place. It is, however, not just the place that I wanted to document. Cornwall was home for my entire adult life and the photographs exist and act as a way of preserving the memory of my life there.

Broken Fan, Falmouth

Building, Tremough Campus

Pinhole Image, Tremough Campus

Crantock, Cornwall

Crantock, Cornwall

Gyllyngvase Beach, Falmouth


No. 31 Trevethan Road, Falmouth


Quarry, near Stithians


Pinhole Image, Tremough Campus

On Pendennis Point, Falmouth

Windowsill, Falmouth

Windturbine, near Stithians

Falmouth Docks
Tremough House, Penryn

Crane, Falmouth Dockyards

Crantock, Cornwall

Stones Bakery, Falmouth

Picture Framers, Mylor