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From the Archive: Salthouse Couple

By |2018-03-15T23:18:10+00:00March 16th, 2018|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Another photo from the archive… and yet another image of a couple.

This image was shot in Norfolk near Salthouse, a small village on the North Norfolk Coast around 2008. I was parked in the car park near to the beach and saw this couple, just as i was about to tuck into some fish n’ chips. Sadly the car park no longer exists due to coastal erosion. Gone too is the large pebble sea defence the couple are standing on. Both were claimed back by the sea within the last few years.

The two postures, her intent concentration on using her mobile phone and his gaze out to sea, combined with the line of the sea defence banking compliment, and yet contradict, each other nicely. The lady was distracted by the phone and yet the man was obviously more interested in the seascape before him. Maybe the image says something about how easily we can be distracted by technology or our surroundings  –  the prevalence of the smart phone in recent years has only made the distraction even worse.

Around three images were shot on the Nikon D2H before they moved position – the text message read or answered.

This image is part of the Norfolk project that can be found HERE

From the Archive: Beaumaris Couple

By |2018-02-12T16:58:17+00:00February 12th, 2018|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

This image of a couple, lost in the moment on Beaumaris Pier, is one of my favourite photographs. It was taken in July 2003 during a visit to the town of Beaumaris, located on Anglesey, North Wales. The town has superb views looking over the Menai Staits towards the mountains of Snowdonia.

In 2003, i’d just started changing camera systems, going from a Pentax over to a Nikon system which limited my lens choices. The camera used was a Nikon F4s with a Tamron 80-210mm zoom set to around 200mm. The Tamron lens were especially useful during the stop-gap transition as the lenses featured the the Adaptall 2 mount system allowing a change of lens mount – just buy the Nikon adaptor to go from a Pentax KA bayonet to the Nikon AI-mount. Very handy and affordable as AI mounts could be found on e-Bay for under £20 each and you could sell the old KA ones!

Film stock was Ilford FP4. At the time i was using a mix of FP4, HP5 and Kodak Tmax 400 for black and white work. I later decided that I preferred the tones of HP5 film instead and went over totally to Ilford. An occasional roll of T-Max can be found in my camera bag though. T-Max dev has remained my film developer of choice , a constant in my black and white photography since 1991.

I’ve always loved the framing and the even use of space within the picture. From the handbag placed on the seat on the left, past the couple to the telescope, and even the harbour buoy on the right hand side, everything seems to be in its proper place. The picture is well balanced. The slight mist that day also helped create this dream like shore across from the couple. The picture just came together perfectly. For me, it represents the special moments within a relationship – sharing moments, places and feelings with someone you love.

The couple themselves were lost in the moment and had no idea i was there. I’d seen them as i approached the pier and i sped up slightly to make sure i caught the moment. The body language was just fantastic. They stood like that for some time, just looking out to sea, and i was able to get around five or six frames before i moved on.

Scotland: Lowlands, Highlands and Islands

By |2020-07-07T16:17:03+01:00November 30th, 2011|Categories: Featured Gallery, Photobook, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


SCOTLAND: Lowlands, Highlands and Islands | Landscape and Documentary Photography

This landscape and documentary photography project follows a number of locations and routes through Scotland. The area covers runs from the borders through to the highlands and the Hebrides.

The first trip created a relationship with Scotland that will last all my life. The diversity and beauty of the country never fail to amaze me. I feel so at home when I’m amongst the mountains and lochs of the Highlands.

Much like the Norfolk project, this is a photography project with no end date. I imagine that it will be a ‘work in progress’ until the time I can no longer physically continue to take images.

Highlands and Skye

The scope of photography is huge. So far the images cover mostly a narrow area of the Highlands and Skye, but the plan is to add more areas in the future.

Fortunately, the Scottish Borders are around an hour’s drive from where I live. The opportunity to regularly continue photography in southern Scotland is there.

The northern areas also include plenty of potential too. The Outer Hebrides is one area of interest for future project development. It’s going to be a great project to contribute to over the coming years.

The photography comes from a mix of mediums including mobile photography. Instagram has been especially useful for showing images as journeys have progressed. The Two Towns and Seven Hills photography are offshoots of this project looking at the city of Edinburgh.

Future plans include the development of a number of photography books, large format photography, multimedia and more.

Photography Book

Work is currently well under-way on the first photography book. This will bring together photography from four trips to the Highlands of Scotland and Skye.

Photography Prints

If you would like to purchase a print then the Richard Flint Photography RedBubble store has a wide range of images available.

Framed prints, canvas prints, art boards, metal prints, acrylic block plus lots more can be found on the RedBubble store HERE.

A selection of exclusive signed prints can be purchased directly from the website shop.

Sea, Sky, Sand and Street

By |2020-03-10T12:39:19+00:00July 14th, 2011|Categories: Featured Gallery, Photobook, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , , , , |


Sea, Sky, Sand and Street | Landscape and Street Photography Book

Originally created as a PDF book, for an online photo project, this gallery features an extended gallery of 115 images shot for the Sea, Sky, Sand and Street iPhone photography book released in the summer of 2011.

This extended gallery contains photographs not featured in the book, edited down from the 400 images taken for the project using an iPhone. The images are shown in the order they were shot. Using landscape, still-life and street photography, Sea, Sky, Sand and Street features a variety of rural, urban and coastal locations along the north Norfolk coast.

A big influence on the project was John Tordai’s excellent 1993 photography book that documented the northern English county of Northumberland.

iPhone Photography

The project was really the first true test of mobile photography as a photographer. It confirmed to me that mobile photography had a future and was a useful tool for photographers. It also captured quite brilliantly, although I didn’t realise it at the time, a specific period of my life.

Places change and we change too. Often quicker than we’d like to think. I will return to Norfolk at some point, but it won’t ever be quite the same as before.

Featured Photography Page

A detailed background account of the ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ photography and project can be found HERE

Two Books

The photography was used in two books. The first was a PDF photo book for the Solo Photo Book Month project in 2011. Participants had to shoot, edit and design a PDF photo book in 31 days. Sand, Sky, Sea and Street was the final book I produced for the Solo Photo Book Month project.

Sadly the popular bookmaking project closed in 2011 due to rising running costs. The PDF book would lead onto the 2011 print version with the slightly altered title of Sea, Sky, Sand and Street.

The PDF books from the Solo Photo Book Month projects are located HERE.

The Printed Book

The 80 page print version ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ book featuring 70 black and white landscape, documentary and still life photographs can be purchased from Blurb HERE.

Sea, Sky, Sand and Street Prints

A collection of 25 images, taken from the ‘Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ book, are available to buy as professional quality prints via the Richard Flint Photography Redbubble store.

Ready to display easily, the prints are available as 4×4″ (10×10 cm) and 6×6″ (15×15 cm) acrylic blocks. Also available are professionally printed watercolour textured 4ply artboards in a variety of sizes from 6×6 (15.2×15.2 cm) to 10×10 (25.4 x 25.4 cm).

Visit the Sea, Sky, Sand and Street print collection HERE

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