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.

Wil Wardle Photography on Ipernity

So its like this, at this time of writing I have 197 images posted on Ipernity, and counting.

I started using Ipernity as a way to separate my distinct personal photographic styles, as I felt that I needed a place to focus my photography of people, incorporating but not limited too my street style photography and also a few portrait style projects that I am currently working on. 

This is quite different from the urban and auto themed projects that are predominately displayed on my Flickr stream. Whilst having been on Flickr for many years, and having built up a solid base of followers and of people I follow in turn, and whose photography I really admire, starting afresh on Ipernity has been slow, but I am getting there.

The selection of my photography that I have curated on here, are all photographs that I am proud of and pleased with the crafting of, and which span a period of the past 4 years or so.

They generally tell some sort of a story or display an essence of emotion or personality of the subject. Some are street scenes, however the theme running through all the photographs is "People", whether they be family, friends or strangers I have met and engaged with on some sort of personal level. 

I hope you will feel some of my passion and my personal pride in the work which I have hand selected to display here. I will continue to post on here from my catalogue as time goes by.

Please do me the huge honour of clicking on  the link embedded into the image below, and be taken directly to my Ipernity page - feedback and comments most welcome.

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. 

Wilfred - Bio (Organic) Shop Keeper in Morgental (Zurich)

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Another portrait of Wilfred (an old family friend) outside his Bio (Organic) Shop in Morgental, Zurich. Forming part of my environmental portrait series.


The Guv'nor

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This portrait was taken on a workshop I did with renowned street photographer Antonio Olmos. This was taken in Brighton, on the flea market held off the Laines in Brighton. This also forms part of my environmental series of photographs, and is part street portrait too.

"El Club" Old Town Palma de Mallorca view 5

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Continuing my night time wander through the cobbled back streets and alley ways of the old town in Palma de Mallorca.

Save the Lollipop Man Appeal

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Photograph I took a while ago (3 years ago), blurb as follows from when it was taken:

"Parents with children at the Stafford County Junior, and Roseland’s Infant School are currently running an appeal to raise £3000 to retain the services of David the lollipop man, whose funding has not been renewed. The reason for this is apparently that the busy road St Phillips Ave that he mediates for parents and children crossing, apparently does not warrant a dedicated crossing guard. However a number of us are extremely concerned that by David not being there at the busy school open and close times, and the heavy volume traffic at this time, will lead to a serious accident. As a result the Stafford PTFA is running an appeal to raise the £3000 per annum required to pay David a part time salary." 

He is still there 3 years later :)

Retro Styling

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Continuing my current motorcycle theme. This time of a retro Japanese motorcycle from the late seventies, early eighties. I think it may be a Kawasaki. This photograph was taken in Eastbourne last summer.