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From the Archive: Rough Weather

By |2018-04-16T14:45:11+01:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: The Test Strip Photoblog|Tags: , , , , , , |

This image was taken in late 1995 along the seafront at Scarborough, North Yorkshire during a particularly rough and cold winter storm. The weather was as unpleasant as the image suggests.

I was amazed to see people, all boys or young men, going down the path to get closer to the breaking waves. The path was slightly back from the force of the waves, the waves were breaking on the edge of a ramp, but had a rogue wave rolled in, the spectators would have had no escape from being washed into the sea. My vantage point was higher up, back away from the waves, but even there the noise of the waves and strong wind was deafening.

The camera was a Pentax Program A fitted with a 50mm lens, a lightweight camera (compared with a NIkon F3/F4) that was also quite small in size which i used for most of the 1990’s. Around 1996 I purchased the Super A model which had more program modes. Sadly my camera was a rather worn version that was reaching the end of its working life – the winding mechanism was very temperamental, but it was a great camera to use. The Program A, however, is always the camera i have fond memories of using. It never let me down.

Film stock was TMAX 400 rated slightly higher at ISO 800.

A Stone’s Throw

By |2018-04-09T19:35:49+01:00July 27th, 2014|Categories: Featured Gallery, Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , |


A Stone’s Throw | Tintype styled landscape and still-life photography.

This photography project uses a coloured tintype visual style and explores the local roads and fields around the North Yorkshire countryside, with the images shot within two miles of my former home.

Several of the images include locations that, though very close to home, I had never visited before even though i’d lived in that area for over 35 years. The phrase ‘a stone’s throw‘ refers to the short distances involved.

The tintype photo process, also known as a melainotype or ferrotype, dates back to the Victorian era, being at its most popular during the 1860′s and 1870′s. The original Victorian process used several highly toxic ingredients including potassium cyanide as a fixer. These images were, however, taken using an iPhone and the Hipstamatic photography app.

More details about the Tintype photo process can be found HERE

[The images are best viewed with the gallery in full screen mode]

The Maypole

By |2019-04-19T12:51:29+01:00June 25th, 2012|Categories: Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , , , |


THE MAYPOLE | Photographs set around a Maypole located in the North Yorkshire village of Slingsby.

Maypoles were traced to prehistoric times when the Tree Spirit was worshipped (Sir James George Frazer in his book ‘The Golden Bough‘). People danced around the poles but did not plait them. Today, the tradition is still observed in some parts of Europe and among European communities in North America.

The Maypole tradition hasn’t always met with approval. The Long Parliament’s ordinance of 1644 described maypoles as “a Heathenish vanity, generally abused to superstition and wickedness.” When Charles II took the throne in 1660 Maypole dancing came back after the crackdown during the Cromwell era.

Slingsby’s maypole history goes back a great many years. The current Maypole was erected in 1993 (the video for the 1985 raising can be found on the Slingsby village website) and is used each year for May Day celebrations attracting big crowds.

Scarborough Seafront

By |2018-03-13T23:36:58+01:00February 16th, 2011|Categories: Portfolio Galleries|Tags: , , , , , |


DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY | Scarborough Seafront

This series of images, commissioned by a client for promotional use, were taken on a beautiful February day along the sea front around Scarborough’s South Bay.

Scarborough is a popular resort that attracts tourists from all over the country. The images were shot to represent a diverse and interesting town that attracts people all the year round – these images were taken in fabulous light on a bright early February day.

The Grand Hotel is a magnificent building that was completed in 1867. It was among the largest hotels in the world at that time and perfectly shows the Victorian’s significant development of the town into a seaside resort. The constant presence of the Grand hotel over the South Bay can be seen in several of the images.

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