Monthly Archives: October 2013

Old English Sheepdog, Chiswick, London

I’ve never experienced so many Londoner’s smiling at me than when I carried the TLR medium format camera around my neck. The nostalgia that surrounds a vintage camera is definitely a good ice-breaker!

This was my first go using medium format. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice the pop-up magnifier, so I struggled focusing on most of my shots.

Here is my favourite moment of the shoot, which incidentally was the only picture without any issues.

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A Person At Work: Garry Johnson – Artist Blacksmith (work in progress)

Garry Johnson started blacksmithing after spending many years working as a civil engineer both in the UK and abroad. Having made the decision to further his design skills and develop his craft, he was accepted onto the Artist Blacksmith degree course at the Hereford College of Art and Design.

At present, Garry Johnson works mostly to commission, although he particularly enjoys the freedom of creating sculpture and artwork for exhibitions. His work has been exhibited in locations such as Trafalgar Square, Glastonbury Festival and The National Trust’s Lanhydrock House as well as galleries in Islington and Chealsea and more locally in and around Cornwall.

Garry kindly allowed me to photograph him in his workshop, which is set on the edge of the beautiful Tamar Valley in Cornwall.

I was lucky that I had a brilliant choice of light to work with and Garry was happy to get on with a hot forged steel lilly he was making from scratch, whilst I worked around him, trying not to become a hazard to us both! To my great surprise and delight, I am now the owner of the lilly I had been photographing Garry making.

So thank you Garry. Here’s some pics…

It was agreed in today’s group critique that this is the photo that I should print professionally for my portfolio.

Unfortunately this portrait does not fit the project brief, but I’ve printed it for myself as it demonstrates the lovely lighting I was working with and marks the end of a successful shoot.

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A Person At Work: Chy-an-Besow (work in progress)

After 20 hours of red light mischief, I would like to share some of my work in progress that will be going towards my Falmouth University PEP assignment ‘A Person At Work’.

I have been visiting the Bennetts family’s Chy-an-Besow free-range chicken and rare breed pig farm near Helston in West Cornwall.

Running a small farm means that duties are incredibly diverse.  As well as attending to the chickens and collecting eggs three times daily, Liam also looks after the farm’s Landrace white sows and rare breed Berkshire pigs. However, in the few afternoons I’ve spet with Liam, he has been called off to chop wood, attend on building a Cornish hedgerow and run a farmers market further down the coast. On saturday I hope to be helping the Bennetts’ serve a hog roast at a private birthday party in Porthleven.  (Yet another example of their ability to diversify!)

By spending more time with the family, gaining their trust and hopefully their friendship, I aim for them to accept me as part of the background, allowing me me make a more intimate documentation of their working lives in the weeks and possibly even months to come.

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Coffee break at Maenporth Beach

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