It’s been nearly a month since I last wrote here so I thought it was about time to give everyone an update on what’s been going on with me and my photography.
First piece of news is that I took a trip to Lyon for my birthday at the end of July (don’t worry if you forgot as I don’t really care about birthdays anymore, I’ve gotten old). It was only a weekend trip with a flight in on Friday and back out Monday afternoon but I managed to pack in a few sights and shoot a few rolls of film as well. Lyon was a really nice place, unfortunately as my French is appalling and although people spoke a little English I had to on some occasions rely on my knowledge of Italian and its similarities to French. Let’s put it this way, my girlfriend is vegetarian and very few places had a vegetarian option tat wasn’t just a plate of leaves so deciphering a menu and asking if meat can not be served was a challenge. Anyway the city was beautiful, lots of winding narrow medieval streets, easy to use transport that is cheap, plenty of sights, Roman ruins, etc etc…….We had a great time.
Next up on the news front is that my back is (hopefully) no longer be screaming out in pain every time I take out my Bronica because I got a new bag for my birthday. A Manfrotto rucksack to be exact. It’s the same style as the shoulder bag I use for street photography and I have been incredibly impressed with it so far. It has an insane amount of pockets, pullouts and customisation features and the fact that it can fit about 3 cameras plus everything I would need on a long day out makes it my new favourite thing. I am aware of how awful that makes me sound.
I went to a Cardiff Shooters photography meet up for the first time since the start of the year, they always tend to happen when I am either having to work or when I’m on holiday. This time around it was in the morning of a day when I was going to watch Manchester Untied play AC Milan so I could only stick around for a couple of hours instead. Still it was good to see some faces I haven’t seen for a few months and nice to chat to some new people too. If I’m honest I don’t really go for the photography, the actual shooting of photo’s as portraiture isn’t my thing BUT if anyone is interested then they should definitely come along next time. It’s always a good crowd.
I took delivery of my Lab Box recently. If you’ve heard of this then i don’t really need to explain it but for those who haven’t, it’s basically a daylight loading tank that allows you to develop film without the need for a darkroom or even a dark bag to get film out of a canister or roll. I have the 35mm model but it can also do 120 with an adaptor. I haven’t yet tried it out, I have some C-41 chemicals that were gifted to me by Eduardo Pavez Goye through his Patreon page but I haven’t got all the mixing bottles and jugs etc to actually use them yet. Very soon though I will be starting to develop my own 35mm film which is very exciting.
I have news on the new zines that I have mentioned previously; it is currently at the printers getting made. It should be available in a week or so, I’ve gone for an A4 one this time around so i can fit more of my images into it and it’ll feature black and white street photography that I have taken over the last five years. Once it’s in my hands I’ll be putting it up for sale through the shop page/Etsy store and will do an announcement about it. Conveniently one of the images that will be featuring in it has been selected for an exhibition on monochrome photography being run by The Glasgow Gallery Of Photography, good news for me as that’s another exhibition that my work is apparently good enough to display at.
That also leads me onto another announcement about exhibitions. Hopefully one of my images from Italy, specifically the one here Taken in La Spezia, is going to be featured in “The Secret Postcard Show” a free to enter open exhibition run by The Old Lockup Gallery. I say hopefully as i don’t officially know BUT I saw my package get delivered on their Instagram feed and why would they show it if it isn’t going to be in there? Weirdly the image also blew up on my Instagram page as well, it’s had more likes than I’ve had in absolutely ages. I assume it’s because it’s a good photo but it’s probably just because it featured somewhere prominently and their algorithm went nuts.
Anyway that’s all for now, I did another live stream on my Instagram earlier today and they’re becoming a little bit more frequent so if you do want to chat, ask questions or just get a little bit of a sooner update than through the website then come and follow me on there.
Until next time, Keep Shooting Film Everyone.
The 6 Million P Man