When I was at university I had the photography darkrooms pretty much to myself. Everyone else was off borrowing the universities professional slrs, and I was on my own, in a cold dark room. But I loved it. It was my own quiet little sanctuary where I could play around developing large format film and making prints. Even after three years, the magic of finally seeing the photo you took days ago, slowing appearing on the paper still amazed me. I stuck mainly to black and white film, but I did have the occasional venture into colour. I took these photographs in the Lake District with my beloved Bronica medium format camera. I miss using my old fashioned large and medium format cameras; digital is just missing something tangible that I could only get from film. Hopefully one day soon I’ll have the space to build my own little darkroom.
Winter has been making quite an appearance here lately. We had a lot of snow, more than I’ve seen in a long time, so Adam and I took full advantage of being self employed and abandoned work for the afternoon in favour of some much needed snow-fun! I only took my small camera out (couldn’t risk hurting my precious canon!) and snapped a few snowy shots.
I know it might come as a surprise, but my real job isn’t actually made up of knitting and wandering around woods photographing flowers..
I wanted to share some shots we took recently of clothes and accessories for the lovely fashion designer Natalie Anne Moran. Her new season is soon to be launched and it’s full of really fun and colourful pieces, so you should definitely go and have a peek at her website: www.natalieannemoran.com.
We’ve also added few other new bits and bobs to our online portfolio at Adam and Sarah. I think these little still life photographs are quite fun:
A few photos taken at Brandon Marsh last weekend. The weather wasn’t great, but at least the black clouds added a bit of atmosphere to the images…I’m enjoying getting out and wandering round some of the local countryside, it feels really important to get some fresh air when you spend most of the time working at home!
A day out at Draycote Water; brisk 5 mile walk around the reservoir, picnic on the hill (accompanied by an exciting looking caterpillar) and some summer holidays style bat and ball games to end the day. It was a lovely day out, my legs are aching today though!
A few more photos from our holiday. I made friends with a tame baby robin in Oxford on the way home, he was very obliging and posed for some photographs.
A few photos from our holiday. We saw the forecast (hot, sunny.. and dry!) and immediately began searching for a holiday cottage to rent for a few days. Three days later we were on our way down to Wiltshire to stay in this beautiful spot. Walks in the woods, a trip to the beach and a bit of city sightseeing on the way there and back made for a fantastic, much needed getaway. More photographs to follow…
One of my all time favourite photographers is Francesca Woodman, which inspired several years of self portraits created by flinging myself around dingy cellars and breaking into abandoned houses as a fine art photography student. I had fun and it resulted in some photographs that I’m still proud of, as well as some rather unfortunate glass fibre injuries (dresses, bare legs and abandoned buildings are not particularly compatible!). I went to see the up and coming photographer Anja Niemi give a talk at the Riflemaker Gallery in Soho quite a few years ago. It was the perfect setting for her photographs which are very reminiscent of Francesca Woodman’s work and it was great to meet someone else risking splinters and squatter encounters for their art!
Books are very photogenic, I like instagram for things like this. Sometimes you just get the urge to take a quick snap. My camera isn’t always to hand, but my phone usually is!