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Tag Archives: england
here are some of my favourite images i shot over the course of 2011.
as january’s go, this one was pretty cold. me and jen witnessed salt water freezing and one morning my camera packed up on the beach on a day that i reckon had to be less than -10 degrees in the wind. as land-based predators were able to walk on water, this swan became easy pickings for hungry scavengers.
coastival ended february and the levellers played to a packed crowd. having never really shot any gigs and without having a press pass i was running around in the crowd with only one lens. i got a few ok crowd shots and some nice shots of the previous band but the levellers had difficult lighting. i guess he liked the scarborough crowd.
ok, jen took this one but that dude is handsome, if a bit gormless.
a couple of mates were competing in the northern downhill race at alwinton so i headed up there to photograph a proper bike race. i may be wrong but i think this guy was the eventual winner.
it’s difficult illustrating speed and steepness in bike photographs sometimes, everyone says it, but if you look how far off the back of his seat he’s riding it gives some indication that he’s dropping down what is probably a 75 degree hill.
though i have the larger size of this image and i can see all the horrible distorted edges from combining 3 of the cheapest nd filters money can buy, about 4 quids worth, at this size i’m quite happy with this.
obviously those rocks are purple in real life as i don’t even use photoshop.
family holiday time in volcanic lanzarote. blue skies and white buildings, it’s clichéd but i like it.
there aren’t many decent thunder storms in the uk but in july we had a few days of good one. i’m glad this worked out ok since i got drenched and fell down a muddy embankment. those rain clouds on the left passed by really slowly and there was the occasional lightning bolt acoss the sea. had i caught one of those in this picture this entry would simply read ‘WOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ but instead i have to do this interesting description.
photographing jen is easier than she thinks. firstly she’s more photogenic, or photojenic, than she thinks. secondly, i can just grab her head and move it to where i want it, something other subjects might object to.
we took these to use on jen’s website on a hot day in a meadow, one of scarborough’s best places to go on a hot sunny day. shame about the stupid poodle that ‘won’t hurt you, unless you have food’. i’ll happily punch a dog in the face if it eats my food.
i’m lucky that i rarely rushed to work on a morning, so it was easy to take a long route, or a different route every day. most days i’d get chance to take a couple of photos first thing. this might have been better in black and white, who cares. there seemed to be many ways to interpret their looks, like those paparrazzi photos that capture people in half blink and claim they’re paraleticly falling out of a club. i’m not sure if she’s looking at him in disgust or inbetween smiling. part of me thinks she’s probably looking at him to say ‘aren’t you going to fix this bloke taking a picture of us 10 feet away?’ but the fact they’re in a moving tram may have protected me.
surf comp time at cayton. from this moment on i vowed to sell my zoom lenses and buy fast prime lenses in future. after day 1 shooting specks of people surfing at full zoom, with cropping the images were awful. i went home and spent the evening thinking about how to shoot differently. on day 2 the conditions were far better, cleaner surf, breaking closer to shore, and with more people watching, i was able to get better wide shots and show more of what the surf competition was like as a whole, rather than focusing on the individual surfers.
there were still some sneaky sets coming in and a howling wind. white horses and white ships.
i’m happy with this mainly because of that light from the stained glass window. there’s not much else to say other than the band is the wind up radio sessions and i shot some photos of them while i was in montreal visiting my mate matt, in the blue shirt.
i took this a matter of days ago, when matt (above) visited us in vancouver. this lake provides vancouver’s drinking water.
water is plentiful in british columbia. it rains for days on end, the streams flow rapidly almost constantly. coming from the uk, where you pay for water, to a country powered by it, where water is free, highlights the differences geography can make to a place. while one country wallows in abundance, another struggles with scarcity.
it’s been a turmultuous year on earth, and while water doesn’t relate to all the problems inflicted on the world, it is the backbone of our human needs, accepted or craved, the one thing that we need to get right above all else. look around you, all that other stuff is superficial.
‘…fury flashing on rocks that rise like gloomy sea shroud towers out of the cove, the bingbang cove with its seas booming inside caves and slapping out, the cities of seaweed floating up and down you can even see their dark leer in the phosphorescent seabeach nightlight.’
kerouac, big sur.
rescheduled from a few weeks earlier due to a lack of waves, the secret spot surf competition managed to time it bang on with a full weekend of chunky swell.
it looked pretty challenging early on on the saturday. swell ranged from 4+ foot with a horrendous looking paddle out and some lovely close outs at low tide pumphouse.
bunkers later on in the afternoon for the semi-finals, where james scored a nice little barrel, sealing his place in the quarters on sunday
totally different conditions for sunday with a drop in swell, a banging offshore wind and some smooth looking barrels
comp organiser paul tomlinson
chief judge roger povey
the wind picked up later in the afternoon as the comp moved from pumphouse over to bunkers
in 1st place evan rogers, 2nd ry hammond and 3rd tom cross
in the open competition final, james turner in white, james taylor in yellow and rich mather in red
3rd place rich mather
open winner james taylor wins a new board. can he carry 3?
womens – 1st place zoe, 2nd tori and 3rd natalie
juniors – 1st place josh austin, 2nd josh kidd, 3rd james & 4th champ
king of the point
1st place, this cow
at 6pm last night when we set off out to pickering in the car, it did not look good. when we pulled up in the car park at the hole of horcum, it looked even worse. phone assured us that it would clear up at 9pm and visibility would be excellent but whilst we sat in the car the sky had gone black and it was lashing down. with 3 miles to walk to get to the stones, we were either going for it or going home.
needless to say we bit the bullet and set off in the dark down some tracks david vaguely recalled. it clearly worked out good though since we got there without a single moment of getting lost and also without a single instance of seeing any interesting creatures other than rabbits as dalby is completely devoid of animals, no matter what the forestry commission will have you believe.
pretty much right on cue, the clouds began to part and reveal the stars. the moon was a bit bright as we were really hoping to see the nebular cloud clearly, but the ferocious wind created some really fast moving clouds and the moon, which was unbelieveably bright, provided some really nice sidelighting and backlighting for a couple of shots. we could see a couple of far off thunder storms, probably 100s of miles away.
these were my favourite 4 from the evening. i’m a cloud blur fan. had it not been so cold and so bright we may have done some really long exposures but sitting down and doing nothing for an hour wasn’t a tempting prospect.
the walk back was interesting, especially when we met a farmer while walking across a field at midnight with headtorches. he was pretty friendly though, not friendly enought to offer a lift though.
more helmet cam fun. this time it’s breakfast.
first outing with contour helmet camera. i particularly love how windows movie maker has made a perfectly good piece of video really contrasty towards the corners.
oh and that bit where i make a weird noise after the first corner is the chain jumping off and getting stuck behind the front chainring.
had to drive a 40 mile round trip in what was looking like awful dull cloud. hopped the wall to get in (sorry dracula!) for what was about 10 minutes of sunlight in an otherwise grey evening. merged a couple of exposures, hopefully not too obviously.
mark popped into the gallery to say hi while on his way to a reading in london.
take a look at some of mark’s poetry. he is gradually gaining the recognition he deserves in the field of radical landscape poetry, being featured in shearsman as well as regular readings from his work all over the world.
here’s a few links to some of mark’s projects:
from ‘littoral’ featured in shearsman 59 pdf download