A passage to India

Last year on Instagram, I posted a series of photographs from a seminal time in my life when my wife and I travelled through India in 2000. 

Posting these images on Instagram was an opportunity to examine with a critical eye 16 years later, some of my early photography, and served to remind me how much passion I had back then for photography and the opportunities it presented me as a young traveller. It has reinforced a desire to return and travel places like this again, with what I know now. It has served as reminder, that these portraits were captured in a free and easy time of my life and shows that it is important to be be in the moment and go with flow - which was how we were back then, before children and a corporate job took hold of life and the path changed direction. 

I have to say, that Sara was a legend when we travelled, putting up with me disappearing or lagging behind to capture a photograph! 

All were photographed on my 35mm film Nikon N4004 using a combination of two lens I had at the time: a 35-70mm and a 70-200mm lens. At the time I was mainly using colour print, but there are some slide and B&W in the mix. As I was travelling at the time and didn't want have prints made (to save on weight) , towards the end of the trip in India I produced contact sheets at a photo lab in New Delhi, and I remember the proprietor when I went to collect them, asking if I was on assignment for National Geographic - that comment made my day I tell you!

Unfortunately at the time I scanned these around 2002/2003 I really didn't know much about digital photography, or Photoshop or scanning really - so they were all scanned at quite a low quality - we live and learn. Another job in the future to re scan all of these so I could make a book  - hours of work to achieve  that!

I will also post at some point a series of images from Laos and Thailand from the same trip.

 

Streets of London

Took my camera to work today, and captured these photographs on the walk to London Bridge this evening on the way home from the office. First time in almost month I have done any photography and it felt so right.

Had some very interesting experiences this evening. Met a street poet called Joseph Marinus whom I bought a poem off in exchange for a portrait. Got questioned by security at London Bridge as I had been clocked on CCTV taking photographs and wanted to know what I was up too, good to know they are on it, but if I was doing covert surveillance I wouldn't have been so overt... Not  the first time I have been challenged as a photographer in a public place. However through this experience I got chatting to a young chap called Ryan who was curious about the security incident and we got talking about about photography, he then graciously agreed to allow me to take his portrait. This is what I love about street photography, you can have these really meaningful exchanges with strangers by being open and honest and a little curious and by showing some respect to them. We all have a story to share in this life we live.

California Dreaming

California Dreaming

Last in my current series of Americans Abroad. This time of an old beautifully restored 1950's Red Chevrolet Pick Up (or bakkie as we call them in South Africa). This was taken last summer in St Leonard's down a back street I decided to explore, very happy to have found this. 

Safe House

Safe House

The journey continues with my Americans Abroad project (an off shoot of my Exploring the Automobile series). This car (I believe its an Oldsmobile - will stand corrected) was photographed in St Leonards. The scene made me think of an episode of the Sopranos or similar. I love scenes like this when I come across them, and in fact get quite excited, as I find it so surreal and love the sense of Americana it evokes here in the UK. 

Galactic Wagoneer

Galactic Wagoneer

 Latest photography posted on my Flickr Photo Stream  Night-time view of a restored customised VW Kombi (Combi) that is local to Eastbourne. It can be tricky shooting cars at night, especially when the best angle is on the other-side of a busy rat run cut through, and you have to allow for 30 odd second exposures,  and often have the risk of a light trail running through the shot.  On this occasion the combination of low angle for the composition and the happy occurrence of a passing car across the shot led to this pleasing combination of effect, composition and subject matter. 

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Night-time view of a restored customised VW Kombi (Combi) that is local to Eastbourne. It can be tricky shooting cars at night, especially when the best angle is on the other-side of a busy rat run cut through, and you have to allow for 30 odd second exposures,  and often have the risk of a light trail running through the shot.  On this occasion the combination of low angle for the composition and the happy occurrence of a passing car across the shot led to this pleasing combination of effect, composition and subject matter. 

Dont come a knocking when the vans a rocking

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Night time photo of a Chevrolet Van that hangs around Eastbourne. Part of my Americans Abroad Series too (link  to my Flickr Gallery) , my homage to all things motorised and American that I come across in my travels. 

Minas Morgul version 2

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The seventh in my Birmingham night time series. For this shot, I found myself on top of a near deserted parking  garage just behind the library. It was a very atmospheric winter night, with mist and frog, I was drawn to the BT Tower in the  near distance, and loved the red lights on top with their ghostly impressions in the low lying mist.  The scene made me think of a contemporary version of the Dark Tower from  JRR Tolkiens "Lord of the Rings". For me as well, I love the clean open urban space of the roof top parking lot, with just the solitary car in the distance, creating a sense of urban abandonment and emptiness. 

Passing of Strangers

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The fourth image from my Birmingham at night series. This photograph was taken at the Christmas Market (which had just closed) and I thought to myself to plant my camera and tripod amongst the throng of strangers, and shoot the following scene which I had in my minds eye. I like the slightly surreal, almost science fiction feel to the resulting photograph. 

RX403

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Sixth in my Hasting Fishing Beach series. Very pleased with some the comments people have made in response to this image, makes it all worthwhile to me, some extracts below:

"The light in your photos is always perfect ... " from Delaville

"Love that light! Fantastic items to shoot, what a collection. Wonderful clarity too, I think the sharpness adds an extra punch to an already great photo ..." from John 

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