Shooting Dungeness in Black & White

Dungeness is one of my favourite places in England. It’s not exactly what you would call a summer getaway. Its main attraction is two huge power stations but it also has a beautiful lighthouse which first opened in 1904.

It’s often referred to as Englands only Desert although technically speaking.. it’s a huge shingle beach owned by the energy company EDF.

I also knew I was going to desaturate the images during post-production, I just feel like black and white suits the atmosphere of Dungeness better..

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Running Away to Join the Circus

When it comes to photography I am a great believer in saying yes to as many opportunities as possible to expand your skills. Earlier in the week I was invited by family friends (who have 10-year old twins) to come to the circus.

I have shot much performance photography in the past but thought it’d be an interesting way to stretch myself. Inside the circus tent itself I wasn’t allowed to shoot video or use flash, but I often find restrictions can make you think outside the box.

It was a small circus but this worked to my advantage as I could get a front row seat and get up close to the incredibly talented performers.

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Why You Need to Shoot Black and White

Shooting black and white has many advantages. Stripping away colour makes you concentrate on utilising the available light and how you want to frame your subject.

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And if you’re in a creative rut, although it feels counter intuitive, it can really help to place restrictions on your photography.  It makes you pre-empt the final outcome and what affect black and white will have on your image.

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It also provides a great opportunity to look over the work of some photography greats such as Elliot Erwitt, Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier who only had black and white to work with.  You should also check out the work of William Eggleston who was a pioneer and one of the first to make the switch from black and white to colour photography.

I shot all these images on my Olympus MJU II with Ilford 35mm film.

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Shooting Expired Kodak Film

Last year I won the Ginnel Foto Fest Analogue awards. Part of my prize was being sent a box full of film. Some I’ve used before such as portra and Agfa, but there was also a roll of Kodak Tri X medium format film estimated to be 50 years old.

I have always wanted to shoot it so last weekend when me and my cousin went to Peacehaven. A small suburban town on the English coast where my cousin, Harry, grew up.

I got some surprisingly good results..

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If you ever get your hands on some expired film be sure to double check if your local lab develops it. After walking 40 minutes to mine it turns out they don’t develop expired films. If you’re based in the UK I would strongly recommend AG Photolab who are super friendly and based in Birmingham. I sent the film off on Wednesday and got it back today!

Street Photography: When the Subject Spots You…

There are many different approaches you can take when it comes to street photography. From the shoving-a-flash in your face and not giving a damn technique (Bruce Gilden) to going completely unoticed like Vivian Maier. Today I went out to shoot street photography on the streets of Brighton for 3 hours, but rather than showing you my favourite shots I thought i’d share some of my outtakes.  And these are outtakes because the subjects in the frame are looking either at me or the lens. Some photographers aim for these sort of images but not me.

Before you see the images I thought I’d share with you some advice if someone notices you doing street photography or has a problem with it. 99% of the time the person will keep walking and not give another thought to you or your camera. But on the odd occasion that someone takes issue with you taking their picture here are a few tips:

1.Stay calm and be polite.

2. Delete the image and show them (no image is worth a public argument)

3.Know your rights (in the UK you have the right to photograph in public areas)

4.Don’t let it affect your confidence and keep shooting..

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Bangladesh Travel Diary: Roadtrip Views 

I’m currently based in Bangladesh as part of a team of community workers. Follow me over on Instagram (@madisonbeachphotos) and here on this blog to keep updated with the adventures and challenges faced when living Asia.. 


We recently took a trip to the nearest big city. It turned into a long trip as we were stuck in traffic for what felt like a lifetime. But it gave plenty of opportunity to look out the window and photograph the people who use these busy, unfinished roads everyday..

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Visiting the Saatchi Gallery

Living in London I am often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a gallery for a weekend visit. A couple of weekends ago me and school friend/ japan travel buddy Juna headed to the Saatchi gallery to check out the Selfie exhibition. Having never taken a selfie myself I was skeptical of a whole gallery filled with ‘selfies’. But within minutes of entering I knew I was at one of the best exhibitions of the year.

The gallery has covered all bases from the ironic comical selfie to the impact of social media and cctv. I captured my visit with a Pentax K1000 and Ilford black and white film.

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