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Upcoming Norfolk Photozine

By |2019-03-28T15:49:05+01:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Book Updates

Last month I mentioned two new books that are currently in the works. Progress has continued regarding the images added to Edinburgh: Seven Hills which now includes several images shot in 2015. A final set of images will be shot on the next visit to Edinburgh in April.

The photographs for The Two Towns are in place and only the text for the introduction is required. After some work put in over the weekend, the image credits have been added for the majority of the images. Cover art has also been completed and I’m very happy with how the book is looking.

Norfolk Photo Zine

As a result of the new book designs, a new photo zine has been added to the current new book design list.

Using the working title of ‘Caught by the Tide’ the photo zine will contain nineteen photographs shot during a quickly arranged week-long trip to the county of Norfolk. The visit was a final holiday for my mother after her terminal cancer diagnosis earlier that summer. The title reflects the feeling at the time of being swept along with no power over events.

The zine images are in place and all that now remains is the text for the introduction and image credits. The photo zine marks the third and final book to contain iPhone photography take over the last four years. I’ll be talking more about the zine in the upcoming March podcast.

Release Dates

The photo zine will be released in the next couple of months. The release dates for the other two books remain mid and late summer 2019.

Photography Books in Development

By |2019-02-27T23:26:14+01:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

It’s been a while since I released a photography book with my first book Sea, Sky, Sand and Street’ coming out way back in 2011. Since then there have been a couple of books in the works about Norfolk and Scotland (and they still remain works in progress!) however, recently I decided that 2019 was going to have a book release. No! Let’s make that two book releases!

Unfortunately, I injured my back at the end of January which has affected my mobility and also been incredibly painful. Fortunately, I’m over the worst and starting to recover, but it will probably take a few more weeks of rest to get to the stage where I can go running my eight-mile route again.

I’ve always like to get something positive out of a bad situation so I’ve decided to create a couple of photography books looking at two recent projects set in Edinburgh. The first book will contain images from ‘The Two Townsproject shot on an iPhone around Edinburgh in November 2015.

The Two Towns photography was pretty raw and improvised but I liked the strong visual style of the images. That project also has fond memories for me as it was the last trip away I had with both my parents. Sadly within just over a year of the images being taken, my mother died from cancer after a tough six month battle with the disease. The Two Towns book will be dedicated to my Mum.

The second book uses the recent colour images of the last couple of years shot in Edinburgh using a regular camera. The photographs have been edited for the book, however, a trip to Edinburgh is planned for late April this year, so a few more images will be shot especially for the book during that visit. I’ll also take another look through the colour images shot in 2015.

The release dates for both books is still to be decided but I’d like book one to be released by June with the second arriving slightly later in the year. The images have been edited and the layouts are largely in place for The Two Towns. The next task is finishing the text that I intend spending some time getting right. I’m intentionally keeping the design of the books very simple.

Both books will contain a maximum of 80 pages with captioning on the left page and the image on the right. A classic photography book style. After a long gap from making books, I don’t want to over complicate the design process. So far I’m pleased with the clean layout designs and how the photography appears on the pages.

The books will available via Blurb in eBook, softcover and hardback editions.

More news and details coming soon.

From the Archive: The Climbing Photographer

By |2018-08-17T22:03:38+01:00August 17th, 2018|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

A man climbing on a gate and fence to photograph two highland cows  at Trossachs Wollen Mill, Kilmahog near Callander in Perthshire, Scotland

After the rather serious tone of last month’s archive post, i thought this month would have a little photo humour from 2013. The photograph, shot using an iPhone 3GS, is of an over keen photographer trying to get a clear shot of Hamish the Highland Bull. His discarded walking stick rests against the fence.

This photo was taken at the Trossachs Wollen Mill in Kilmahog near Callander, Perthshire during a trip up to the Highlands of Scotland in September 2013. The rather adventurous photographer was part of a coach tour and had decided that a bit of elevation was needed to get a good shot of Hamish the Highland bull. It took him a few, rather unsteady attempts, to finally get himself in place but he eventually got his photos. The advantages of climbing up didn’t actually appear that great to me.

The town of Callander is worth mentioning. The small Scottish town is on the eastern gateway to the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and on the edge of the Highlands. Callander is often referred to as ‘the gateway to the Highlands’. As such it’s a popular town, busy with tourists either visiting Callander or making their way to the Highlands. I stayed overnight in 2014 and had an enjoyable but brief explore down by the River Teith. After Callander, you start the atmospheric climb up into the mountains of the Highlands.

A group of people looking at a Highland cow at Trossachs Wollen Mill, Kilmahog near Callander in Perthshire, Scotland
Not Hamish! A Highland cow with fans – Trossach Wollen Mill at Kilmahog, Scotland

A mile up the road from Callander,  the Trossachs Wollen Mill provides another welcome rest stop oasis for the weary traveller. Whether heading to or coming back from the Highlands, it’s used by coach tours, cars and bikers alike. It’s perfectly placed as a stop to stretch the legs, get some food and plan the next part of your journey. The Woollon Mill features a very busy restaurant and excellent gift shop packed full of Scottish souvenirs. The headline act, however, has to be the very popular, hairy and iconic highland cattle.

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Hamish the Highland cow

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Hamish the Highland bull was undoubtedly the star and most likely, the most photographed bull on the planet! He’d even pose for you! Seeing coach tours of people trying to photograph the superstar bull was funny, if slightly surreal experience. The lengths that people would go to always surprised me – the climbing photographer being a good example! When you think about it, there must be thousands of photographs of Hamish all over the world!

Sadly Hamish died in 2014 at the very grand age of almost 23. He was, apparently, the oldest bull in the UK and the second oldest in the world. The average lifespan is around 14 years. The Trossachs Wollen Mill’s other Highland cattle, Honey and Hamish Dubh, a black Highland Bull, carry on the good work.

From the Archive: The Sunbather

By |2018-06-14T16:07:32+01:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

No matter how many times i look at this photo, i still can’t believe that the man was comfortable lying on that pebble beach. He did seem to be enjoying soaking up some rays.

This image was taken on the sea front at Sheringham in Norfolk around 2008. Walking along the sea front, i could see this chap sunbathing from quite a way off and I just hoped that he would stay there until i could get there… AND get the photograph. Fortunately he didn’t move even though he was literally just a couple of yards from the sea front path with people walking by. No one paid him the slightest bit of notice.

As luck would have it, a bench was located directly across from where my sunbather lay that provided a place to sit and a lower viewpoint for the photography. The resulting image is one of my favourites from the Norfolk Project combining a surreal moment with some humour. On the return journey, after visiting the lifeboat station at the end of Sheringham’s sea front, i noticed that he’d gone. I suspect he was waiting for his wife to return from town.

The 6×6 format was used a lot in the Norfolk Project, mostly in a landscape role, but I also found it good for street images like this one. I would often remove the prism finder and look as though i was cleaning the camera – then focus and get the image. I imagine most people thought i couldn’t take a photo with a piece of the camera missing!

The camera was a Bronica SQAi using a 80mm lens. Film stock was Ilford FP4. Sadly i haven’t shot much 6×6 in recent years. I think it’s time to revisit the 6×6 format again sometime soon.

More images from the Norfolk Project can be found HERE.

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