Shooting Tennis on Film

Recently I was very lucky to attend the Eastbourne tennis finals. Amongst other top athletes I got to see Novak Djokovic and Caroline Wozniacki play. I love sport and have always captured the moments digitally but I wanted to push myself and aimed to photograph the day on film.

My camera of choice was my Pentax Espio, it’s a ‘point and shoot’ camera which allowed me to not worry about changing settings and enjoy the tennis. I shot on Agfa 200 film, I chose a film with an ISO of 200 as it was a bright day and I was really interested to see how a budget film (£1!) reacted to high speed action. I am impressed with the results considering that the film and camera all together cost me £3.50!




Having been a lifelong supporter of my hometown club BHAFC yesterday was a dream come true. 20 years ago the club nearly went extinct and now their on the way to the premier league after finishing 2nd in the Championship. I went to my first match (away to Watford!) aged 5 and got my first season ticket when I was 6 so it was great to celebrate not only the teams success but the all the ups and downs over the years. Below are some of my favourite photographs I took during the day.




Chris Hughton (Manager)



Reservoir Views

Making the most of a bank holiday weekend day here in England I headed to Arlington Reservoir. It has a beautiful walk around the reservoir which takes you through the country side which takes around an hour.


Shooting in Golden Hour

If your looking to improve your photography utilising the golden hour is a must. This is considered the hour (or two) after sunrise and before sunset. Midday-sun creates strong contrasts and often over saturated images. Whereas the golden hour provides much softer colours. While visiting my family for Easter I went for a walk around the suburban surroundings, taking photos of what could be considered boring subjects but showcasing how golden hour brings out a different, often more preferable colour palette.

I’ve spent the last 3 days visiting exhibitions all around London including the Sony Photography Awards at Somerset House (go see it!). In the meantime I’m getting back to updating my Instagram with photos from my exhibitions adventures, with a bit of street photography thrown in for good measure..


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A Snapshot of Hastings

Hastings; located on the English south coast and famous for the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It now has over 90,000 residents and a brand new pier. I spent yesterday photographing the new pier and residents of this increasingly popular seaside town.


Brighton City Guide

During the week I headed to my hometown of Brighton and filled my time taking photographs.Since moving away I see Brighton from a different perspective, feeling more like an in-the-know tourist. So I decided to create a City Guide.


Brighton City Guide

Just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of London lays Brighton, a seaside city with a lot to offer. It’s famed for its quirky social scene, plethora of restaurants and pebble beach. Over a quarter of a million people call this place home and this might be why.


Brighton Museum

Being a resident offers many perks including free entry to the Brighton Museum. The museum is a mix of permanent and temporary displays with a heavy focus on local culture. Often referring to the local football team Brighton and Hove Albion, currently in the second tier. You can find them at the American Express Stadium; tickets are highly sought after for any games being played in this state of the art stadium. Designed by London based architects KSS who designed the redevelopment of Court No.1 at Wimbledon. The football club runs a successful charity, which aims to increase engagement and participation in sport in the local community.


Brighton is bucking the trend of having run-down areas surrounding the main train station. Adjacent to the station is New England Quarter, built on land previously owned by British Rail. It offers affordable housing; pedestriansed areas, cafes and some-much needed parking spaces.



Residents’ Apartments

A more controversial addition to the Brighton skyline is the British Airways sponsored i360. Offering a 360 view at 136 metres high its not been as successful as some may have hoped. It’s early days and something a bit of re-branding and ticket price reductions could potentially solve.




The Level

As with any busy city having well-designed open spaces and public parks is a must. In previous years finding a safe place to relax and let children play was a struggle in some areas, but this is beginning to change. The Level , underwent a much-needed restoration in 2013, it is now a vibrant open space, home to a skate park, play area and a diverse community. The purpose built £50 million library and 19th century theatre royal & Royal Pavilion offer greenery and benches for tourists and residents to take the weight off their feet.


Brighton Pavilion

The infamous pebble beach is a very popular choice for tourists in the summer and locals in the winter to sit back, take a break and enjoy the sea view. The art scene is thriving in Brighton and these open spaces are often utilised for art & photography exhibitions. Including the Brighton photo fringe and Photography biennial – the UK’s leading curated photography festival.


Photography Exhibition on the Beach


Stairs with added Graffiti

 Home to an annual food and drink festival the city is filled with food enthusiasts and has the restaurants to match. The diverse restaurants dotted around the North Lanes cater for almost everything dietary requirement imaginable. Including vegans and vegetarians at the highly recommended Wai Kika Moo Kau (literally pronounced as why kick a moo cow).


My Friend Amy Enjoying a Burger at Meat Liquor

 For those wanting to brave the Sea breeze there are a number of potential venues for you too dance or drink your night away. Voted the best venue in the south 13 times The Komedia is a safe bet with weekly comedy nights, a cosy bar now housing a picture house cinema. Alternatively you could follow the route of the oldest working electric railway along the seafront to one of Europe’s largest man-made marinas. A curved side-walk leads you around the 30 newly opened restaurants which sit beneath luxury apartments.

Brighton is an inclusive city that is moulded around its diverse residents. Although improvements need to be made like increasing the number safe cycling routes the laid back atmosphere and happy-go-lucky culture can make it hard to leave.

Key Brighton Dates:
Brighton Marathon: 9th April
Brighton Festival: 6th-28th May
Artists Open Houses: 6th-28th May
Brighton Pride: 4-6th August
Burning of the Clocks: 21st December
Brighton Food & Drink Festival 2017: TBC
Brighton Photography Biennial: End of 2018


I am very excited to be flying to Iceland in the early hours of tomorrow morning! I have packed both digital and film cameras along with a range of film; portra, lomochrome purple and ilford black & white. I will be posting an Iceland travel diary on this blog and photos on my Instagram so stay tuned!


Suburban Sunday Snaps

Last weekend I headed out with my trusty Pentax K1000 and some Portra film. I set out to capture what its like to spend a weekend filling your time when you live in the suburbs.

I’m now getting used to my fully-manual Pentax and adapting to low light conditions.  The camera is currently holding black and white ISO 400 film, I’m really looking forward to the results.

I’ve got an incredibly exciting (and scarily busy) few weeks coming up including moving to London, traveling to Iceland for the first time and a zine feature. I’ll keep you updated on all my photography and travel adventures.




Shooting South Coast Landscapes//35mm

Still getting used to my new Pentax K1000 I put it to the test shooting English landscapes using Portra 160 film.  These newly developed shots are from my new years day walk in Arundel and exploring the south coast beaches as the tide went out