23rd Apr 2014
I was doing a little bit of additional research this afternoon. Surprisingly interesting and informative with some all round good photography too which makes for much easier reading. 

I’m just starting to wrap the project down now so I can’t wait to finish it, academically at least!

I was doing a little bit of additional research this afternoon. Surprisingly interesting and informative with some all round good photography too which makes for much easier reading. 

I’m just starting to wrap the project down now so I can’t wait to finish it, academically at least!

23rd Apr 2014

On the plus side!..

I have recently aquired a Praktica BC1 from my grandad and I’ve vamped it up with fresh batteries and a new colour film. So far I’ve only taken eight photographs but hopefully within the next week I will have finished the roll. My first roll for three years and I think probably my first casual approach to film photography since before digital! The rest have been for academic purposes only. 

I can’t wait to see the photographs, I only hope that I’ve wound the film on right!

23rd Apr 2014

Pre-hand-in stress is starting to rise, I can feel it in my throat making me all anxious and uncomfortable. I had a great relief when I ordered my silverprint boxes only to be told yesterday that my twelve pound delivery charge will not be fulfilled because they don’t actually have anything in stock and can’t tell me when it will be available. Aaah, damn. That is one of the most important things!

Never mind, stressing myself out will do no good. I’ve sought advice on supplying back up boxes and have enquired about having my prints specially printed by a professional. Now I’m just worrying about getting it all done in time. I’m going out this afternoon to get some last minute photographs and do some major editing but from here until Monday I think I’ll be working 24/7.

Wish me luck guys, this is for both modules which are ending in the next two weeks!

22nd Apr 2014
Courtney and Carly @ Oaklands Hotel on Flickr.
I’m new to portraiture and events photography but have recently been taking it upon myself to attend local events to build my skills and portfolio. As of today I have two proms and a wedding show under my belt.  I always get so nervous when I have to direct people and my anxieties often get the better of me, not to mention my terrible shy traits. I am getting better now though and my abilities to photograph under time and fast paced pressures are growing steadily.

Courtney and Carly @ Oaklands Hotel on Flickr.

I’m new to portraiture and events photography but have recently been taking it upon myself to attend local events to build my skills and portfolio. As of today I have two proms and a wedding show under my belt.

I always get so nervous when I have to direct people and my anxieties often get the better of me, not to mention my terrible shy traits. I am getting better now though and my abilities to photograph under time and fast paced pressures are growing steadily.

21st Apr 2014
Bono on Flickr.
I’m trying to learn how to tweak images better using photoshop but I’m it isn’t always easy to get things right when you’re not using an external monitor. 
I wish I could afford to get a new camera and a new laptop but I will make the best out of what I have for now. I’m enjoying making borders in my images now though!

Bono on Flickr.

I’m trying to learn how to tweak images better using photoshop but I’m it isn’t always easy to get things right when you’re not using an external monitor. 

I wish I could afford to get a new camera and a new laptop but I will make the best out of what I have for now. I’m enjoying making borders in my images now though!

16th Apr 2014
A sneak peak in to my new book about the Grimsby fishing industry. 
The project is coming along really nicely and I am starting to create nice consistency in relation to my edits. There is definitely a colour palette forming and I’ve got a strong collection of images from several different locations too. 
It is working out nicely and I’ll show you more as it progresses. Hopefully by the end of Summer ‘14 this book will be on sale to the public via blurb or something similar - it all depends on licensing really.
In terms of university, this is almost finished. I have got all I need to in terms of photographs now, and where more will always be welcome and I’ll take any opportunity I can to shoot, it will be nice to have something wrapped up before the deadline for once. My only concern is that I’m lacking strong portraits but that is something I’ll spend the next week working on. 
The man in the photograph above is Richard Enderby whose business is a traditional family-run smokehouse which is currently undergoing protection. You can find more about ‘Alfred Enderby Ltd’  at their website here or alternatively you can learn about traditionally smoked fish over at the campaign website here . 

A sneak peak in to my new book about the Grimsby fishing industry. 

The project is coming along really nicely and I am starting to create nice consistency in relation to my edits. There is definitely a colour palette forming and I’ve got a strong collection of images from several different locations too. 

It is working out nicely and I’ll show you more as it progresses. Hopefully by the end of Summer ‘14 this book will be on sale to the public via blurb or something similar - it all depends on licensing really.

In terms of university, this is almost finished. I have got all I need to in terms of photographs now, and where more will always be welcome and I’ll take any opportunity I can to shoot, it will be nice to have something wrapped up before the deadline for once. My only concern is that I’m lacking strong portraits but that is something I’ll spend the next week working on. 

The man in the photograph above is Richard Enderby whose business is a traditional family-run smokehouse which is currently undergoing protection. You can find more about ‘Alfred Enderby Ltd’  at their website here or alternatively you can learn about traditionally smoked fish over at the campaign website here . 

14th Apr 2014
So, so, so many permits to fill in for official visits. Health and Safety, visitor passes, photographic permit, photographic terms and conditions, visitor terms and conditions. 

It’s all worth it though and it is always useful to get to know legal jargon in this area. It is tiresome reading but very crucial. The last thing you want on your back is a court case, especially before your career even begins!
Oh, and yes please don’t mind my military clothes, they’re extremely comfortable.

So, so, so many permits to fill in for official visits. Health and Safety, visitor passes, photographic permit, photographic terms and conditions, visitor terms and conditions. 

It’s all worth it though and it is always useful to get to know legal jargon in this area. It is tiresome reading but very crucial. The last thing you want on your back is a court case, especially before your career even begins!

Oh, and yes please don’t mind my military clothes, they’re extremely comfortable.

13th Apr 2014
I’m undecided on whether I want to have my book set out in portrait or landscape. I tend to take most of my photographs in landscape format but in this project I seem to be mixing it up a lot more - a good thing for variety but it does make choosing a design difficult. I have looked at a lot of books and I think I’m going to go with portrait simply for variety but it just feels right too, I guess I should go with my instincts on this one!

I’m undecided on whether I want to have my book set out in portrait or landscape. I tend to take most of my photographs in landscape format but in this project I seem to be mixing it up a lot more - a good thing for variety but it does make choosing a design difficult. I have looked at a lot of books and I think I’m going to go with portrait simply for variety but it just feels right too, I guess I should go with my instincts on this one!

13th Apr 2014

3412: A new direction!

I’ve had a little browse through my blog to see where I left off with this project and it really has been some time! Since before Christmas I believe, and there have been too many changes to count regarding the project, in fact it is barely recognisable. 

I found that Immingham, for a small town, had far too many industries and stories to tell and I struggled to make my concept concise enough to be coherent. It took me a long time, probably too long, to decide to instead move to the neighbouring town of Grimsby whose name is famous for one thing only - fish.

The home of Youngs and the source of most of Britains fish products, Grimsby has a lot of history, culture and identity. The fishing industry fuels the town - from it’s people to its business - and has faced plenty trials and tribulations and won many feats bestowed upon the fishing industry and remains today as important as ever to the community. 

My project investigates just how important the fishing industry still is to Grimsby and how the traditional culture has fared in faltered in a constantly changing climate. I will visit traditional smokehouses, modern factories, fish markets and local Fish and Chip shops - exploring all avenues and participants in the fishing business.

I am not looking for any particular answer - is the traditional industry struggling under capitalism or has it adapted and reformed to suit modern environments? I don’t know and nor do wish to persume - this is an unbiased, open-minded adventure and I do not know what I will find but either or, Grimsby is still an icon for the fishing industry and should not go by unrecognised. 

10th Apr 2014

I’m back!

Wow, so it has really been some time since I’ve posted, right?

I am truly sorry, my workload has been intolerable recently… well this year in general. As you probably know, this year is the last that I’ll be studying Photography & Video at De Montfort University - in July I will have my BA (Hons) in Photography & Video and I’ll be expected to finally join the big wide world as a fully functioning, well educated adult. It is scary but what scares me more is the amount of work I have to do in such little time if I am to make this three-year journey worthwhile.

If you are a regular reader you’ll be familiar with my projects however it is possible that since I last updated my blog they have changed beyond recognition. All will be explained in due course and other posts however firstly I just wanted to apologise for my lack of commitment. I don’t have many followers, yet, but even whilst I’ve been absent you seem to have grown in numbers and for that I am very grateful. 

For new followers and old, you’ll be pleased (or not) to know that I’m back online and will subsequently be updating you with my work process on a more consistent and informative level. Now other than the lack of time, another reason why I have been reluctant to post is simply because of the style of work I’m currently producing. Recently I have been bombarded with photographic permits and release forms, health and safety regulation and terms and conditions of visits to all of the places my projects have taken me. This intense level of paperwork is new to me and I’m unfamiliar with the whole process of legality within the realms of documentary photography. 

As it stands there is a lot of work I’m not ready to publish online simply because of the agreements I have with some of the subjects and clients who may wish to see them first, hence a further lack of posting.

I know there usually isn’t much to worry about, after all, who reads my blog anyway? Well, not a lot but as it turns out quite a few do and being from the miniscule town that I am having local people read my blog can be both a blessing and a curse. You have great local publicity which comes at the cost of little personal privacy and whilst my work is still in-progress I’d prefer for the people I’ve photographed and worked with not to see it. This is for no reason other than that I tend to be a private person and like to keep my inner-workings and experiments to myself. 

However, without going on even more (believe me, I could type all day) I just wanted to explain my absence and let you all know that if you are interested in seeing my recent work to keep checking my blog! I’m going to be posting quite a bit in the coming month as my projects and course finally wind down to a finishing point.

Thanks for sticking by me and I hope you like my new photographs!

3rd Apr 2014
Instagram on Flickr.

Instagram on Flickr.

18th Mar 2014
Little Pied Cormorant on Flickr.I took this photograph when I went to Twycross Zoo last week. It’s my first ever wildlife shot of this nature and I’m really proud of it!

Little Pied Cormorant on Flickr.

I took this photograph when I went to Twycross Zoo last week. It’s my first ever wildlife shot of this nature and I’m really proud of it!

5th Jan 2014

The finished product from my converging media project!

It is no oscar winner but personally I’m really proud. It is my first ever moving image piece that I have filmed and edited completely by myself, never mind one that I got the chance to direct completely from my own imagination.  

If I had come to the idea sooner and had a little more time I would have enjoyed making this a lot stronger but you can only do so much in two weeks and considering, I think it’s well done. 

I am definitely more open-minded towards using moving image in my future projects but I realise I have a lot to learn so if any of you can see room for improvement I’d really appreciate any advice and criticism. 

(Source: vimeo.com)

27th Dec 2013
I’m making my first movie! Well… technically it’s a short-film but it’s exciting nonetheless! I haven’t got it scrutinized yet and my plans are still pretty open but there is no time like the present so I decided to go see what footage I could get anyway. Turns out it’s pretty good, for a first go that is. I’ve got a good minute or two so far (most of which is still open to reshooting) and I’m really enjoying myself. I can’t wait to get some more filmed, I might even go do it tomorrow! 

I’m making my first movie! Well… technically it’s a short-film but it’s exciting nonetheless! I haven’t got it scrutinized yet and my plans are still pretty open but there is no time like the present so I decided to go see what footage I could get anyway. Turns out it’s pretty good, for a first go that is. I’ve got a good minute or two so far (most of which is still open to reshooting) and I’m really enjoying myself. I can’t wait to get some more filmed, I might even go do it tomorrow! 

16th Dec 2013

Oleg - The Hunter

(Source: vimeo.com)