Twilight, Shanghai

Florist, Shanghai November 2019

I like twilight, the time of day, not the overwrought movie. photographically, it mutes colours, but the deeper shadows help to subdue annoying street clutter. The snag of twilight, is that there is less sunlight to work with. As you can see in this picture, here I was mostly working with light coming from the shop itself. On this occasion, I was using film, so another concern was colour temperature. But here, because of the white outside, I was able to correct it fairly easily. In days of yore, photographers had to use filters to correct for this sort of thing.

How do you feel about twilight?

Open-air Medicine, Shanghai

Shanghai, August 2018

When I visit Shanghai, I tend to stay in the “local” neighbourhoods. The hotels are a bit more basic, but they are definitely cheaper and you can see the street life going on around you.

In this case people would have a consultation on the street, which is different to the “behind closed doors” approach we have where I’m from.

Technical Details. I took this picture on Fuji 400 colour negative film using a Nikon F2 with a 50mm lens. I really like how the colours have come out, the green of the table the black and chrome of the stethoscope.

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.

Dog in the Window, Bristol

Dog in a Window, Bristol 1998

I love photographing dogs. They don’t talk or ask about licensing. Although this one looks quite amenable, moments later it was a bit cross – so I didn’t linger.

Bristol is great to wander around, I believe I took this photo quite near the harbour.

In Helsinki, 2003

Mean People Suck, Helsinki 2003

I didn’t really travel anywhere until I was in my thirties and even now (many years later), the list of places I would like to go is pretty long.

Anyway, once upon a time, I visited Helsinki over a number of months, lazing in the long, warm summer evenings and when winter came, shivering in the bitter wind that blew in from the Baltic. Helsinki is quite walkable, with clean, wide streets and friendly locals. 

Technical Details

This picture was one of those things you just catch with the corner of your eye as you walk along. I was using a Nikkormat and 50mm lens with some colour negative film (Kodak Ektapress 400 I believe), which I have changed to black and white – ‘cos I don’t think colour adds to it.