Transfer Images to Plaster

How to Transfer an Image onto Plaster This post will show you how to transfer a laser printed image onto plaster. Keep in mind that this technique probably won’t give you a perfect result. For me, part of the reason for this process is the introduction of slight imperfections that add character to the final piece. Steps: Create a plaster base (method below) using Plaster … Continue reading Transfer Images to Plaster

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Developing Black & White Film

A Really Simple Guide to Developing Film at Home I couldn’t find a really simple guide to developing film when I needed a refresher, so this post is to fill that gap. If you want to give film a try don’t be put off by not having a darkroom. You don’t need a darkroom to develop film and you don’t need a darkroom to print … Continue reading Developing Black & White Film

Public Transport in London

A Photographic Subject to Explore Using public transport in London is a matter of course for me. If I won the lottery tomorrow (I haven’t got a ticket so I won’t hold my breath) I would still much rather travel by train than by cab both for the opportunity to people-watch, and to visit some of the stations which are a work of art in … Continue reading Public Transport in London

Create Your Own Cyanotypes

We’ll briefly cover history & science of cyanotypes, compare the three main options on chemicals and look at how to make an exposure. History & Science A Mini History The cyanotype process produces a beautiful, Prussian-blue coloured print. The process was developed in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, an English astronomer, as an easy way to make copies of diagrams. For much of the 20th … Continue reading Create Your Own Cyanotypes

A Lonely Poppy on the North Dorset Trailway

A Photographic Diary, July 2019 In case you were hoping for images of fields full of poppies, this post isn’t it. The majority of the field looked like this… But what made me pause mid-cycle, get off my bike and get my iPhone out was this single plant, its petals saturated a deep red because of the slightly overcast weather. I’ve not altered the blown-out … Continue reading A Lonely Poppy on the North Dorset Trailway

The Power of Accordion Books in Photography and Storytelling

Skip to making an accordion book When I started using bookbinding to create my own photography books and reflected on the different structures available beyond the basic codex that we are all familiar with, I was surprised that I don’t see many more accordion books. The variations available in the presentation of information make it quite a powerful device. You can use the format to … Continue reading The Power of Accordion Books in Photography and Storytelling

Impossible Polaroids

Creating an Impossible Image with Polaroid I’m a big fan of instant film, and of Polaroid in particular. Enjoying creativity over a perfect outcome, Polaroid works well for the type of photography I practice. That’s why I now have several Polaroid cameras, a fridge full of films, and a Polaroid Instant Lab. What is Polaroid Instant Lab? The Polaroid Instant Lab is a device that … Continue reading Impossible Polaroids

The Unfocused in Photography

When taking a photograph we usually try to get the subject in focus and consider an image a failure if it’s not. But what about letting go of convention and purposefully making an image where attention is given to the subject because it’s not in focus, or an image where nothing is in focus? Sometimes I think it’s more interesting, and for these tulips I … Continue reading The Unfocused in Photography

A Photographic Diary: March 2020

iPhone 8+: Kingston Lacy, Dorset March 2020 March 2021 Update: This set of images represent a last trip out before lockdown was introduced in the UK in March 2020. I was looking for signs of spring as a way to feel some hope in the face of pandemic, in the knowledge that there would be a lockdown, but not really understanding what that meant. There … Continue reading A Photographic Diary: March 2020

A Few Family Photos from the 1960s & 1970s

Where do you get your love of photography from? I think I get it from my parents. My dad took hundreds of photos of my mum. She was clearly his favourite subject. They met when she was 15, he was 17. I’d love to say they stayed together forever more, but they didn’t; by the time I was two years old they’d split up, so … Continue reading A Few Family Photos from the 1960s & 1970s

Ageing Photos on Plaster

If you want a step-by-step on transferring images to plaster see this post. I decided to experiment by transferring some images onto plaster: I printed the images using a laser printer, coated them with acrylic gel, and transferred them onto a plaster surface. I kept them outside on a windowsill during the summer, and my plan was that they would degrade when exposed to the … Continue reading Ageing Photos on Plaster

Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire

It was visiting Salisbury that originally convinced me that I could live without London; it really is a beautiful place. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve visited the cathedral over the years. Sometimes I’m there as a tourist to take photos, see the Magna Carta, eat in the cafe which spills out into the cloisters or buy trinkets in the shop, other … Continue reading Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire