Cat’s Eyes, Bath

Cat, Bath – October 2016

I used to see this cat almost every day on my way to work. I used to walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal into Bath (where I worked) – and this cat lived on one of the houseboats. I believe the same owner had a beautiful dog too.

Cat’s Eye, Bath – October 2016

I’m not one to pester cats I don’t know – but one day, she slowly trotted off the boat and came to say “Hello”. I think she has beautiful eyes.

My Father’s Hen, Bath

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

My father is an unwilling birdkeeper. Someone in the village found they had a flock of chicks which they didn’t want, so he took them on. At the moment, because of the weather, they are laying one egg each day, which he usually shares with his neighbours.

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset – April 2021

I believe this is a Campine hen – a breed which originates from Belgium. I’m quite pleased with my photo of it, but in the flesh, the black and white plumage is very striking. I know this particular hen is the most assertive in the flock, being quick to peck the dogs if they come to close!

Hen, Bath, NE Somerset 2021

Inka, Somerset

Inka, nr. Bath, Somerset August 2020

They say, “Don’t work with animals or children”. But as you can see, some animals make good subjects. I like that he has given me good eye contact – I think I did something to get his attention (shameless preformer that I am). People make all sorts of claims for their portraits, but I think I have shown what Inka is like at least some of the time. I think I will use this as an illustration for a lens review I am working on for my YouTube channel: It is sharp and can help achieve a narrow depth of focus by his face.

Take My Picture, Athens

Take My Picture, Athens, Georgia, USA 2000

Most of the time, people don’t want you to take their picture – or would rather you didn’t- but sometimes they do.

As I remember it, I had gone to Athens to watch a Georgia Bulldogs football game (I think it was against Ole Miss) and when I took this picture, I was trying to sniff out some tickets. Anyway, I was wandering around downtown Athens (which looked very nice) when this guy shouted,”Hey! Take my picture!”. So I did. And I quite like it.

For the technically curious, I was using a Holga camera (a lo-fi camera) and Tri-X.

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.

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.

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.