I thought it was time for a little tip! Since January, I have been collaborating with a great collective of ceramic artists who work from a studio next door to mine. Studio Porcepolis is a working porcelain studio but also a teaching space, open to everyone with an interest in working with porcelain. I've been shooting their headshots, products and classes... and learning a little bit about the techniques and methods as I go along - I'm definitely going to try it out soon. You can contact Eve (who runs the studio) for info about classes or buy some of her funky ceramic creations online.
I'm freshly unpacked from my summer holiday in the South of France - one week in the Pyrenees and another in the Lot & Garonne. It was beautiful, relaxing, sporty, fun ... and I think I managed to consume enough rosé to last me till next summer... maybe.
I took the Canon EF along for the ride and found her pretty fun to use.
Another in my series of testing out old analog cameras. This one is not so old, a fully automatic point and shoot Kyocera/Yashica (Kyocera bought Yashica in 1983 but continued using the brand name as it had a pretty good reputation) - manufactured sometime in the 90s. Picked up for me by my mum at a garage boot sale for a couple of euros. I ran an expired film through it so the colours are a bit off but all in all, I quite like it!
Lately, I've become mildly obsessed with old film cameras - some for their simplicity, most for their design, all for the fun of not seeing the shots until the roll is finished. I am also forced to be a little less obsessed with straight lines and absolute sharpness which digital photography with it's lack of grain and, hence, very polished style, calls for. As I discovered using a throwaway camera in Montpellier, sometimes I just don't feel like shooting on my 'work tool' (much as I love her) when on holiday or walking around town. It helps that these cameras are generally cheap meaning I'm far less paranoid about having them ripped off me!
So here's my Agfa Clack test roll. I picked this funny little box up in a garage boot sale in Evere. It's pretty easy to know it works since the Clack is basically just a plastic casing for a medium format film, with a clunky shutter and two aperture options (sunny or cloudy). I'm guessing the speed is about 1/30th of second so sharpness is pretty much impossible to achieve handheld... and the photos automatically look like they were shot decades ago.
A promotional shoot for Balls & Glory - and this brilliant looking model was one of 6 different characters presenting a different 'ball'! Balls & Glory was set up by a young chef from Ghent, Wim Ballieu, who I am reliably informed is the Belgian Jamie Oliver! He has opened two restaurants (Ghent & Bruges - and is soon opening one in Brussels) that only serve meatballs! There are a variety of fillings to choose from, simple mash potato & coleslaw on the side and local beers and juices. All his meat is locally sourced (mostly from his family farm) and I can't wait to try it out.
I was in Montpellier a few weeks ago for a pretty tiring job, shooting from 7am till 9pm for 3 days. Before catching my train home, I had a couple of hours to kill in town and so decided to buy a disposable camera and shoot with that as I couldn't stand the sight of my workhorse anymore. It was actually pretty good fun so I think I might do that more often.
Following on from my previous post featuring Lazy Nemo - a few more snaps from a chill weekend in the Lot & Garonne. You too can hang out with Nemo, find gems in the local garage boots sales and take long reviving country walks - check it out
In just under two weeks, my studio mate (Natalie Hill) & I are launching our Photography courses. We aim to give friendly interactive courses from our studio, teaching all the technical basics of photography, dipping into the history, looking at why photography is great and, most importantly, helping our students be as creative as possible with their cameras.
There is still time to sign up so here's the info:
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Please tell anyone who you think might be interested.