Belt Up Bags

Did a job last month photographing some bags. Not my typical area of expertise but I got in there and got it done. I shall be adding that to my ‘list of available skills’.

The site, designed by Anna Celeste Watson, looks really good – have a look.

And here’s my portrait of Anna from a year or so ago:

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REPRIEVE

Went to do some photographs for Reprieve last night at the Electric Palace in Bridport. Billy Bragg and the Proclaimers were playing a benefit gig to raise money for the charity. Also there were actor/comedian Kevin Eldon and, of course, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director of Reprieve. Clive’s other claim to notoriety is that he lives in the same village as me.

The fact that I’m a big fan of the songs of Billy Bragg and that the venue is walkable from my house was neither here nor there, I was there to do a job.

Some photographs from the night:

Please think about supporting the work that Reprieve do.

Symondsbury Pottery

Rainy days and Mondays (in this case combined) always get me… excited because I print in the darkroom on a Monday!

I’m doing a bit of a document about the pottery in our village, the Symondsbury Pottery. I went over to speak to Miles Bell who is one of the potters there and sounded him out on my doing it. I’ve only managed one morning there so far but have about twelve possibles for enlargement. That’s a very encouraging start as far as I’m concerned. It’s just a shame I spent most of today catching up on contacting my films, leaving only time to do a couple of prints.

I’m allowing for a little dry-down even for rc prints – seems to benefit from it. If the last sentence meant nothing to you it’s because you are normal and have a life.

Happy Mondays.

8-beat rock-beat

My eldest son is having drum lessons from a neighbour of ours at the moment. He absolutely loves it and is getting on well.

He’s especially looking forward to showing his drumming to his uncle Paul, who, by some sort of cosmic co-incidence, is a drummer too.

ELLIOTT ERWITT

One of my favourite photographers (his photographs are amongst my favourites; I don’t really know the man) is Elliott Erwitt. He’s another in a long line of story-tellers with a small camera who’s work never fails to wake me up to the fact that now would be a good time to be recording your life: afterwards of course, one assumes, could prove difficult.

I met Elliott about 10 years ago in London. I just saw him and recognised him. I said “Hello Elliott, could I take your picture”? He just shrugged his shoulders and said, “Sure, why not”. He stood by a wall and turned away from me. I photographed his back for a while and at some point he turned round. I laughed and said thankyou, shook his hand and off he went.

His work is truly fine. My portrait of him is nothing much to write home about but I treasure that day.

PRINTS

Spent a few hours in the darkroom again today. Aah, bisto.

I’m finding it quite difficult to combine paying jobs, looking after my children, washing-up and whatever else with getting MY photography done. My wife has just bought a ‘project book’ from WHSMITHs for the community kitchen garden project she’s currently involved in.

Could it be that a ‘project book’ (with coloured subject dividers) is all I need to make it work? I wonder…

Today’s prints:

Old farmhouse visit

Great afternoon on Tuesday last with my friend Brendan Buesnel who is another one of those photographers.

We went over to this old farmhouse near where he lives. The farmhouse is on the verge of falling to pieces and, although architecture is not something I would normally think of photographing, it was actually lots of fun just wandering around looking for a picture. I feel I found a few and as soon as I’ve got the films processed I shall post something. Can’t wait to see Brendan’s too.

Brendan had the bright idea of bringing his digital camera along as his ‘polaroid’ for the day and has sent a picture of me trying to pass myself off as one who knows what he’s doing.

I make it all up as I go along. Please tell me that’s what everyone else does too?