Shooting £1 Film at Night

Earlier this week a fairground rolled into town. I already had a roll of Agfa film (£1!) in my Olympus so I set out to see what I could document. As the ISO of the film (hows sensitive it is too light) is just 200 I used the flash to give the film a chance to capture what was going on.

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The fairground was fairly small so afterwards we headed out to explore Brighton after dark..

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Lines of a City Part III

I first shot ‘lines of city’ in Canterbury and then again in a Sussex village. Looking for patterns and repetition is a great way to take in your surroundings and as I am back in  Brighton for a few months before I start my MA in London I thought it’d be a great way to look at my hometown from a new perspective.

If you’re in a creative rut or struggling to find something to photograph try this out, it’s a great excuse to get out with your camera and enjoy exploring.

Other images in this series:

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Street Photography in an English Winter

 

Lighting is key in photography; it can bring a subject to life, shift the viewers focus and/or help tell a story. Being a street photographer in England in the winter provides many challenges including being so cold you can’t feel your fingers to press the shutter speed. But my main issue is the light, some days the sun stays behind the clouds all day and even when it does appear its gone by 4pm. Photographing in the winter can become very temperamental which is why I have recently turned my focus to film making.

But yesterday a miracle happened.. I woke up to sunshine with no clouds in sight! So I grabbed my camera and went on a 3 hour walk attempting to harness the light and shoot some candid street photography.

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Playing to the Gallery

My latest project is a little different to my normal street photography/ documentary style photography but I really enjoyed putting it together and shooting it.

Each image represents an idiom.

So here it goes, my latest project ‘Playing to the Gallery’..

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Here are the images with the idioms in their captions..

 

 

 

People of London

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Last night London was the focus of another terrorist attack. Living in London I know the resilience of born and bred Londoners along with people like myself who have moved here from all around the world and call this place home. I took these images yesterday morning on my way to work, they capture the brilliant diversity and spirit of the people of London. Thoughts are with those affected by last nights events.

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Photographing on the Streets (and beach) of Brighton

I really enjoyed testing the Sony a7RII by ‘shooting from the hip‘. So  I took the camera on a day trip to Brighton to photograph the eclectic mix of people who make up the seaside city.

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The camera once again performed incredibly well and it allows you to customise controls which comes in really handy when using manual mode doing street photography. The camera itself is mirror-less making it much smaller and compact compared to similar DSLR camera such as the 5D series.

I’m heading to Iceland next week so look out for a brand new travel diary, film and hundreds (most likely thousands) of photographs!

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Cycling with a Fish-Eye

Since getting my new fixed gear bike last month I have been wanting to go out and capture a journey with a camera. I chose my fish-eye as it’s light, sturdy and would hopefully capture both the bike and some of the surroundings. Due to being a film camera it was difficult to know what I was capturing especially as I was having to balance and steer at the same time. I’m happy with the results although I want going to go out again and experiment more with the fish-eye capabilities.

 

48 Hours In Verona

After catching the train from Venice we arrived mid-afternoon finding ourselves at a busy Verona train station. Using a printed map we found our helpfully central hotel after a 20 minute walk dragging our cases over the uneven marbled pavements. The receptionist was incredibly bubbly and pointed us to our first floor room. The twin room was above the  hotel entrance but despite this and the central location is was quiet and provided everything you would expect; toiletries, mini-bar, an underpowered hairdryer and a spare pillow-just the  one!

We left our heavy bags behind and headed out for some hearty Italian food. Piazza Bra is the main square in Verona housing restaurants, shops and the arena (a Roman amphitheatre, the 3rd largest in the world). All the food on show in the outdoor eating areas of the restaurants looked delicious. Finding it hard to pick somewhere to eat I was swayed by a restaurant named ‘hippopotamus’ that had a TV at the back providing updates of the Chelsea-Man Utd. match (4-0 if you’re wondering..). The menu was literally the biggest I’ve ever encountered and was much cheaper than we expected considering its location.  After consuming Pizza, salad and a giant Fanta, a food coma ensued so we headed back to the hotel.

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For our first full day in Verona we decided to see as much of the very walkable city as possible. We decided to follow a route mapped out by our bubbly receptionist which takes in all the main tourists sites and some magnificent architecture off the beaten track. The route followed the river and led us to a church, a Basilica, over a bridge dating back to 1354  and to an Amsterdam inspired chip shop with a choice of 12 Mayonnaise based sauces..

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The walk led us to San Zeno square around 2 miles out of town with empty cafes and shops surrounding it. It seems not many people veer out of the centre and choose to stay with the shops and restaurants in the Piazza Bra area. But boy are they are missing out, for at this square I had the best/most sickly hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted.

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Heading back to the buzz of the Piazzas we stumbled upon the entrance to the courtyard below  ‘Juliet’s balcony’ which it has been said inspired Shakespeare. As it was  a weekday evening the square was relatively quiet and we got a good view of both the balcony and statue. Unless you are a huge Romeo & Juliet/Shakespeare fan I would suggest just a couple of minutes is enough to take in the square and balcony especially during the day when it’s extremely busy. After walking all day and taking in the impressive and photogenic architecture we had an early night in preparation of our early start to see Lake Garda the next morning.

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Verona is 40km bus or train ride away from Sirmione, a lakeside town on Garda.  As we arrived fog covered the towns pastel colours, bridges and mountains surrounding the lake. But this didn’t prevent the beauty from seeping through. The water was clear and calm and the people were bright and happy. The town is located on a peninsula so it’s surrounded on both sides by water. The streets themselves are a maze and only just wide enough for a car. Among the weaving streets and lanes there’s hundreds of independent shops and restaurants with every one seemingly serving local ice-cream (not complaining).

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Even without any sign of the sun it was a brilliant day wondering around the foggy shoreline and looking (and buying) the local goods. After a good couple of hours of walking around the town, taking in all the views, photographing the best bits and consuming yes, more pizza we jumped on the hour long bus back to Verona.

Planning on  having a last wander before leaving the next day we were greeted with the biggest rainfall I’ve ever experienced. So drenched were we by the time we got from the bus to our hotel a pair of shoes were unsaveable and ended up in the bin!

Despite the loss of shoes I loved my time in Verona, although a whole day is enough to see the main sights you still want to go back to experience the buzz of the Piazzas, the pastry shops and the charming customer service in the restaurants.

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