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Petrolicious

I came across Petrolicious.com  while in my ill state yesterday.
Cars are a huge passion of mine and I can’t get enough of the beautiful lines that make up some of the best designs out there. It got me thinking on an idea I had a while back to create beautiful automotive portraits and this summer I will make that project happen, so if you have a beautiful car and can spare an afternoon when the horrid rain goes away then get in touch!

In the mean time have a look at the video that caught my eye from California, this gorgeous Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce

I still shoot Film

As you will have seen in my first Vintage camera post I still shoot traditional film and have an array of oldskool cameras.
I also have a fully equipped darkroom that shares my office space.

The darkroom for me is where it all began; The smell of the chemicals, and the trickling sound of the wash water all bathed in a red light that illuminates with just enough power to avoid bumping into things!

I’m definitely a nostalgic. I find digital to be like the perfect looking person that has all the charm of a brick, which you then need to hone into someone worth knowing.
Film, however comes out with an instant personality and it is most probably imperfect and unexpected but you know from the beginning that you are both going to have a hoot!

Don’t get me wrong Digital can be awesome too, and I love any medium of photography, it is after all my craft, but there is something about spending a whole hour just enjoying the pure magic of an image appearing out of nothing on white paper though a watery bath that surpasses all else.

Here are two from my latest Darkroom session

 

Ashdown Forest  in Winter

Ashdown forest in winter photographed and printing using traditional photographic techniquesHastings Beachhastings beach in autumn photographed and printing using traditional photographic techniques

 

Kathleen & Philip

Photographed at Penshurst Place near Tunbridge wells in leafy Kent. Kathleen & Philip’s wedding was awesome!

Their wedding album can be described as a ‘Tome’ and It’s the largest album I’ve ever had the pleasure of designing. It contains 300 beautifully edited images and has 100 pages, happens to be at the limit for the manufacturer.

Every album is designed from scratch and I photograph the wedding day with this end result in mind. I delivered this to two very happy people last night and  it now graces the centre of their mantle piece.

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You can see the whole album here

There’s a face in my beer!

Here are more of my found faces, I’ve accumulated so many now.  We’ll start with this guy found whistling in my beer at the pub!pareidolia, face in beer, found, faces in stuff,This is my friend’s Lazer cat toy facepareidolia, face in cat toy, found, faces in stuff, face, inanimate,The same evening I found this guy peering out from where a picture used to bepareidolia, face on wall , found, faces in stuff, face, inanimate,I don’t normally post made faces but my friend asked me topareidolia, face made wine corker, found, faces in stuff, face, inanimate,I turned around and this one was watching me in the shower!pareidolia, face shower holder , found, faces in stuff, face, inanimate,This coffee was really happy to have been ordered and it tasted good!pareidolia, face in my coffee , found, faces in stuff, face, inanimate,Hangover happy eggs to make every thing betterpareidolia, face in eggs, found, faces in stuff,