Monday, 14 December 2009
Much of my work is shot in London, often travelling by road, rather than going underground.
It's a road that's odd sad and funny. I love the two cabbies arguing over who is in the wrong, while parked on a bus stop. And what is a British Sex Shop? Maybe you get a free pair of socks with every purchase.
My favourite though is the one at the end. Many a childhood summed up in one photograph.
Monday, 30 November 2009
I knew of him through reading his book A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed.
He's now selling up, and Intelligent Life magazine commissioned the shoot of his portrait and garden.
The title they used is The Poet and the Plantsman, and profiles the poet, the garden, and his gardener, Mike Collins.
Apart from a day out out of London, the shoot was a dream not least because Fenton has an orchard.
Orchards send me directly to seventh heaven, for no particular reason that I'm aware of, they just do. And I've got a thing about ladders too.
Coming in February 2010 is the Freelancer's Diary, followed by a book of Free speach, and so on through out the year.
If you'd like to find out more go here.
Friday, 27 November 2009
Yesterday was taken up with a shoot of the writer Elizabeth Speller. She was a dream to photograph, even though at the end she said that it wasn't as bad as she thought it was going to be. Is being photographed so ghastly, or are photographers awful, or is it both? I think the British protest too much. I can't imagine that anyone wants a bad photo to be taken of them.
They may well take a leaf out of the book from the Americans. Generalisations apart, Americans seem to have a very positive attitude towards being photographed. Americans have no shame (why should they?) in wanting to look good, and no coyness about you the photographer knowing that.
The opposite seems to be the case with the Brits, who would shudder at the thought that one knew they were trying hard to look good for the camera. "I hate being photographed" is almost always the opening line with someone from this island. It's never followed by "could you tell me how I can look good in the photo?" I wonder why not? Maybe it's because they don't want to be seen to want to look nice in the results. Odd when you think about it. And a bit silly too.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
How best to record a walk? Sometimes photographs fall short, and need text. Collecting 'evidence' enhances the depth of recording the walk and the experience. Sound can too. So far, I've drawn the line at moving images. That will happen in 2010.
In October I was lucky enough to walk in the Wadi Rum. Fans of David Lean's film Lawrence of Arabia will instantly recognise the landscape.
At one point in Lean's film, the American journalist turns to Lawrence and asks: Why do you love the desert so much Lawrence? And Lawrence, played by Peter O'Toole, replies: Because it's clean. Alas, no longer. The advent of the plastic water bottle has seen to that. Tourism is a strange thing, as it often destroys its very raison d'etre.
It's still hot in October, and searching out the shadow of the mountains is a way of escaping the 40 degree heat.
Cool early morning; gentle light without the high contrast of overgead sun. This image was taken on a shaky Holga, a plastic toy camera that takes 120 format film.
Nothing much stirs in the day, save for the occasional Bedu with their livestock and of course, mad dogs and Englishmen.
At night, the evidence points to frantic activity amongst the sand and rocks.
Back in the studio there is time to photograph some of the 'evidence'. I'm still waiting to identify the seeds shown here.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
In July 2005 two of us set off for a gentle walk across the South Downs in Sussex England, carrying an old NPC and a couple of packs of film. It was the first time I had combined walking and photography, where each activity had equal purpose and importance.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
That's the terrific title given to a double page in the September issue of top gardening magazine, Gardens Illustrated. Written by editor Juliet Roberts, with the layout designed by Dave Grenham, the piece selects five images from 'A Domestic Landscape', the limited edition book produced by me and Jinny Blom. See previous posts about where to view the book in London.