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.

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.

Found on the River Bed, Chiswick

Bottle, River Thames, 2003

There is an “impossible” school of photography, who always want to tell you how complicated or difficult it was to take a particular photograph. While it can be interesting, it is irrelevant, ‘cos photography is about pictures. 

The River Thames is tidal for much of its length, which means that at low tide, large stretches of bank are exposed, sometimes showing interesting details. At the time, I lived in Chiswick, so it was quite easy to find a time to wander out on to the river bed. The only snag being, that you had to keep an eye for when the tide turned, ‘cos then you could find yourself wading or possibly even swimming out of it (hard with a camera bag).