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East End Transformations (After Marville)

February 14, 2016


State of play with my East End work is presented in the video below. I will not be working on this for a few weeks and so thought I would document where I stand. I am very attracted to the idea of using the same form of presentation as Marville – photographs mounted on blue […]

After Marville…East End Transformations

February 10, 2016


I have now received back my first batch of pinhole photographs of redevelopment activity around Shoreditch/Spitalfields. The reference to ‘transformations’ in the title of this post has, at least, two meanings. In the first instance the subject matter itself is concerned with the physical transformation of the urban environment. On another level it also refers to […]

After Marville – Transformations

January 30, 2016


I have not been actively making images for my project looking at the gentrification of Spitalfields and Shoreditch in East London. BUT I have been thinking… The latest set of images I produced is here. They are straight colour images of the changes taking place. Following Marville’s lead (in his documentation of Haussmann’s tranformation of Paris) […]

Long Exposure Portraits Update

November 7, 2012


This project is proving the most elusive I have undertaken so far. I have moved my ideas around quite a bit as I have tried things and they have not worked as well as I would have liked. This post sets out my latest thinking as a result of work I have recently undertaken. I […]

Pinhole Self Portraits

October 31, 2012


I am being very indecisive about the long exposure portrait project! I have now decided to pursue two avenues in parallel. The first will be the portraits of my Rotary colleagues in the style of David Octavius Hill as outlined in the last post. The second is the series of long exposure self portraits which […]

Venezia Camera Obscura – The Movie

October 17, 2012


I have turned my Pinhole photographs of Venice into a short movie…thought this was a good way to look at them as I am able to control the pace and order of the viewing…add a bit of atmospheric music and it hangs together as a nice package.the photographs are  a series of urban landscapes/interiors captured […]

Venice Pinhole Landscapes and Portraits

October 16, 2012


Whilst in Venice I experimented with my Zero Image 2000 pinhole camera. As I have indicated elsewhere in this blog I am trying to get to know how to use pinhole cameras so that I can use them for my long exposure portrait project. I was a little disappointed with the results from the trip. […]

Pinhole Big Issue of the North….

October 10, 2012


I have been lucky enough to have another photograph published in the Big Issue of the North…the rainy scene in the pinhole photograph I made of St Paul’s – the actor’s church in Covent Garden struck a chord given the current preoccupation with the wet weather and flooding in the North….it also presented an opportunity […]


October 10, 2012


Just got back from Venice….I set myself a couple of small photo projects. First, I decided to try to capture Venice in black and white with my Zero 2000 6×6 pinhole camera. Somehow the soft focus and historical connotations of the pinhole seemed appropriate. I went out early in the mornings and concentrated on urban […]

Long Exposure Portraits Comparison – re-edit

September 18, 2012


Following Vicki’s comments on the previous images I have re-worked the post processing for the ‘normal’ images. I have now used some motion blur to simulate the effect of the Pinhole lens. In fact with the pinhole the blurriness will come from both lens diffraction and movement of the subject. But this now seems a […]

Long Exposure Portraits – Using digital back with Hasselblad and pinhole lens

September 15, 2012


I have figured out a way to use the Hasselblad with my digital back to make the photographs for this series. Really I would like to do it on film but the turnaround time is very slow. I have enrolled on a course at the CityLit which is in November to learn more about processing […]

Harman Titan Pinhole

September 15, 2012


Some time ago I bought a Harman Titan Pinhole camera. This device shoots 5×4 film and the kit comes with a 10 pack of Ilford Delta 100 film. It has a focal length of 72 mm which equates to around 20mm in 35mm terms and an aperture of f/206. I used the film ages ago […]

Long Exposure Portraits

September 14, 2012


The procedure itself caused the subject to focus his whole life in the moment rather than hurrying on past it: during the considerable period of the exposure the subject as it were grew into the picture, in the sharpest contrast with appearances in a snapshot… This is a quotation from Walter Benjamin’s Essay A Short […]

Long Exposure Portraits and Pinhole

September 12, 2012


I got my pinhole attachment for my Hasselblad a couple of days ago, so I thought I would wander out into our local woodland Burnham Beeches to try things out. I also thought it would be an opportunity to try some long exposure self portraits. I learned a number of important lessons. First, the pinhole […]