Alice’s, London

Alice’s , Portobello Road, 2004

Years ago, I used to live in west London and favourite thing to do on a Saturday, was to get up very early and slowly walk east and see how far I could get.

Despite what people tell you, London isn’t a huge place and I regularly made it to St Paul’s.

This photo comes from one of these walks, I don’t think I ever walked any closer to the shop to find out what it sold. I like how rich the red came out (no I didn’t tweak it). As I recall, I was using a Bronica SQA and an 80mm lens on FujiFilm Provia 100. I wonder if the shop looks as grand when it is open?

A Beautiful Visitor

Harlequin Ladybird, Bath 2010

Some years there are lots of ladybirds and others there are very few. I believe the Summer of 2010 was very rich in ladybirds, particularly this sort – which I had never seen before.

A little research online, tells me that it is a Harlequin Ladybird (Harmonia Axyridis), which is apparently an invasive species.

At the time, I thought it looked rather neat and beautiful, perched on a wrought iron railing in one of the squares in Bath.

Close-up photography is much harder than most people credit, so I am rather pleased this worked out.

A Non-Portrait

Great Aunt Emma “Pem” – 1997

If my aunt had given me a grin, I think I would not like this so much. But her refusal here, gives a better sense of her – I think.

My aunt holds the record for being the most unintentionally blunt person I have ever met. She had no inner-monologue and a range of prejudices consistent with her age, but we were very fond of her.

I believe I took this with FP4+ using a Nikkormat and a 50mm f2 lens. How did I hold it steady? Younger hands I think. I like the tones on this – I believe I was using Aculux at the time.

Resting on Jianguo Road

Jianguo Road, Shanghai 2011

One of the things I like about Shanghai, is how it has 4 distinct seasons. When I took this photo, it was Summer. And it gets hot and humid. So hot and humid, the walls seem to sweat. Time to find some shade and have a rest.

The other thing I like about Shanghai, is the contrast between the modern and the traditional. In this case, surrounded by electric vehicles, the trader pushes a handcart laden with traditional chairs.

Jianguo Road, Shanghai 2011

Another view/take on the same subject. If I could only see thumbnail pictures, I would prefer the first version, in a larger picture, I think I would prefer this version.

This is a jpeg from a much bigger file. I think if I was reprocessing it, I would try to bring out more detail in the man smoking. He has tilted his head in an interesting way.

View from the Bar

Alex, Rose & Crown, Tunbridge Wells, UK 1995

Half a lifetime ago, I was a barman and Alex was one of my regular customers. I think he chose to hold the soda siphon because I had occasionally been known to give him a squirt from time to time. I quite like this as a ‘character’ portrait. Because I was using 120 roll film and a sharp lens, the actual print is quite detailed – I think I selenium toned it.

As I remember it, I took this with my Rolleiflex and a Metz hammerhead flashgun.

Boys in Blue – Bangkok, 2010

Boys in Blue, Bangkok 2010

Sometimes you look for pictures: sometimes they come to you.

At the last minute, I had flown over to Bangkok to take a session with Gavin Goff (a noted travel photographer). I believe I was with him waiting on the platform of the metro when we met these young men. Much like supermarkets on Sundays, if you wait long enough everyone will pass. I’m not quite sure what they were up to – but they appeared to be having fun.

On the Pier – Bognor Regis

View from the Pier, Bognor Regis 2019

An obvious view of beach at Bognor Regis.

It was a gorgeous week day, when I caught the train down to Bognor. I intended to test a film camera, but it promptly jammed – which old cameras will do. So it was iPhone time instead. I like the neat, fluffy white waves which have been frozen as they roll on to the beach.

Georgetown, Penang

Georgetown, Penang 2014

I always try to keep a camera with me, so that I can take pictures of things I see everyday. In this case, I was riding the bus into town, when a man sat down infront of me. And he held onto the seat handle in an unusual way, which made me notice his hand. It is what it is. So I took a quick picture.

It looks like a working hand.

Dawn – Cedar Key, FL

Dawn, Cedar Key 2000

I can’t believe I took this almost 20 years ago!

The night before, I had driven down from Atlanta. The last few miles had been quite slow because deer kept jumping from the side of the road (might have made interesting pictures) in what was quite a rural area. Finally we pulled up at the motel and piled into our rooms.

The next moring, my mum was thumping on my door – to show me the sunrise. I think I walked about 5 feet from my door – and took this picture. Can’t say I deliberated long and hard. But I still like it.

Incidentally, Cedar Key is a nice place. Quite low-key. Must go back one day.

Technically, I took this with my first digital camera a Nikon Coolpix 950, which produced 2 megapixel images.

On Victoria Peak – Hong Kong

Leaves on “The Peak” – Hong Kong 2010

Hong Kong is on my mind lately.

Looking through my posts so far, I seem to be drawn to leaves, so many posts- and here is another.

This time, I was using my Rolleiflex, peering down into a waistlevel finder. I like the shapes of the shadows.

For most people, if you get the funicular railway up Victoria Peak, the main attraction is the shopping centre at the top. But if you go out and keep walking up hill past the millionaires’ apartment buildings, being passed by vehicles with screaming transmissions, you finally get to the park at the top – which is where I took this picture. Sometimes, it is nice just to sit there with a cup of tea and look at Hong Kong below you.

I believe the film was Shanghai GP3, which isn’t very well known in the UK. I have had mixed result with the film, sometimes showing pretty poor quality control. On other occasions, it has been fine – like here.