Hello again everyone.
I planned to make updates on this part of the website sporadic but regular (if that can be a thing) and thought that perhaps this was a good time to give an update on what I’ve been up to with my photography recently. Firstly lets talk about what I’ve been shooting;
I’ve finally had the opportunity to get out with my fixed Bronica and put a few rolls of film through it. I took a trip to the coast on both occasions, the first day out was to Monknash. This is an area about 40 minutes drive from my house between Ogmore on Sea and Llantwit Major and a location i’ve been to a few times in the past. There’s a car park about 15 minutes walk from the beach and the Wales Coastal Path passes through the area. I shot a few frames of the cliffs, the beach and coastline as well as Nash point Lighthouse which is a fair trek along the clifftop path but a well worthy walk. The whole area, if you go at the right time and right day, can be incredibly peaceful, I perhaps saw three people the whole day that I was there.
My second day out photographing with the Bronica was not far at all, a quick drive to Penarth to photograph the pebble covered beach and cliff’s as well as the pier. This is a pretty standard location for me as it’s so close and easy to get to, just a shame that the suns sets behind the cliffs instead of into the sea (I am not a morning person so have never made it for sunrise instead). One of the things I love about Penarth is the reflections you can catch off the wet sand at low tide, it makes the beach look like a mirror.
I haven’t had a chance to get anything developed and printed to show the results from these two days yet but when I do they’ll be shared on here and my Instagram, so keep an eye out.
Next piece of news relates to me rather than my photography. Stephane James has started shooting portraits for a project he has begun called “Caerdydd Creatives”, with an idea to photograph creative people in and around Cardiff. I was one of the first people he shot for this and am really happy to e a part of it, the images he made look fantastic. You should check out his work, he’s really talented.
I recently streamed a live Instagram video of myself discussing my photography, my influences (ahem mostly just talking about Luigi Ghirri) and other general chat. I had the idea since the weather was dull and I had spare time from my day job and thought what the Hell. Turns out quite a few people tuned in to listen to me blather on like an idiot and enjoyed it, I have no idea how or why this turned into a success but I’ve decided I’ll probably make them a little bit of a regular thing. Step one is to actually have a script of some kind, or at least notes, so I can keep track of what I plan to say and make it feel less all over the place. Step two is to think of some subjects to discuss int he first place, I’ve got a few ideas for the future already so hopefully this will become a good way for people to listen to me talk about my work and ask any questions if they have them. I have no plans on ever getting a decent digital camera to make any sort of YouTube nonsense though. I don’t have the time or patience for that.
Talking about influences, i recently purchased a new photo book that has had a profound affect on me. Cesare Fabbri’s “The Flying Carpet”. Some of the images in it are spectacular, especially when you consider they are of incredibly mundane situations and places. it wasn’t cheap but then again I paid for quality so who cares? I seriously recommend checking out his work, some of his images are beautiful.
And the final piece of news, it’s a big one; I am going to have one of my images displayed at a gallery exhibition. I am beyond thrilled about this. the image is one I shot in Bologna last Autumn and will be displayed as part of an exhibition of other photographer’s work at a pop up exhibition run by The Glasgow Gallery Of Photography from the 17th - 20th July 2019. Annoyingly i can’t actually go myself but again i’m beyond thrilled to have had one of my images chosen for this. Check out their website for any more information if you want to pop along yourself.
So there we have it, I’ll try to keep these updates to the point but if you want to ask me anything or just chat then feel free to drop me a message through the contact page or Twitter. And remember if you like any of my images then I have copies of my zines available through the Shop page, I dropped the price of one of the older one’s so grab a bargain while you can.
Until next time, Keep Shooting Film Everyone.
The 6 Million P Man