Hello and welcome to my photography blog. I’m a documentary photographer and writer from Manchester in the UK. You can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or watch a short film or three here on vimeo and you can read my own publications here at Issuu.
I had an article published in the current (40th anniversary issue of ‘The Moultoneer’ magazine, which is the in-house journal of the Moulton Club for owners and fans of the bike (of which I’m both). I’ve been asked to submit some more articles to the magazine. This article’s based on one I wrote for Vulpine about the Wright Brothers and cycling. Rather than trying to decipher scans of the actual magazine page, here’s the text…
For several years I photographed CCTV for my project ‘Reality TV’. It’s impossible to discuss surveillance of any sort without talking about George Orwell’s novel 1984. So it was entirely predictable I started reading about and collecting 1984. I exhibited this collection in 2012 at Salford Art Gallery as ‘1984 Looks Like This’ and wrote about in ‘Cover Up: Cover designs of Orwell’s 1984′. As well as creating the character of Big Brother and the concept of Thought Crime, Orwell was the first to use the phrase “Cold War” which is my current interest, (see the earlier post ‘Amerika’) so it’s entirely appropriate that Reality TV and my Orwell collection leaves Airstrip One (the UK) and finds a new home in Oceania (the USA). So it’s been sold and shipped off and not a single gin sodden tear shed.
Manchester had it’s own version of the Tweed Run last week, where people dress up with a bit of style and ride their bikes round town. I joined in and took this photo which was used in a Dutch newspaper article about the phenomena, which baffles the Netherlands, where cycling is such an every day occurrence the idea of cycling culture is completely alien. And no, I didn’t have a go of the penny farthing.
A little over a week after ordering my one-off artist’s book A Nice Pair has arrived. Being a bit of a sucker for Moleskine notebooks, I’ve fancied a go ever since they introduced their photo book printing service.
I’ve just compiled a one-off artist’s book – but there’s no point in producing stuff if it can’t be seen, so it’s available as a pdf. But to make you have to work a bit to see it, you can’t download the pdf here – you will have to email me and I’ll email you the pdf (about 8mb). The original book is a 96 page small landscape shaped Moleskine. Inside are a collection of ‘found’ individual photos from Tumblr and similar sites that are paired with one another so meanings that didn’t exist are made between them. Sometimes the pairings are humorous, sometimes they make uncomfortable associations.
Whenever a number of pictures are presented together, the artist, curator and viewer all make associations between them and if stories don’t exist we make them up. So you are cordially invited to make it up as you go along.
I’m very pleased – nay honoured! to have an article in the new issue of The Modernist, the magazine about 20th Century design published quarterly by The Manchester Modernist Society, a snip at £5. The theme for this issue is ‘Engineering’ and my article is about the Moulton bicycle. There’s also a feature on the Brompton folding bicycle, electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire, pylons and other erudite entertainments. The article grew from a blog entry I wrote for Vulpine and they’ll be another on a similar theme in the next issue of The Moulton Club magazine. You can read the text of the Modernist article here, but you will have to go and buy a copy to read the rest and support a very worthy enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »
PART TWO: HIROSHIMA TRAGIC
There are thought to be just 35 photographs taken in Hiroshima on the day the atom bomb was dropped. 4 photos of the burning city, 5 photos of wounded residents, 1 photo of a truck transporting victims, and 25 photos of the mushroom cloud. In the case of 29 of these photographs, the negatives or prints are preserved in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum or by newspaper companies. The negatives or prints for the remaining 6 photos, cannot be located, though they once appeared in print. 5 of the 35 were taken by Yoshito Matsushige, a photographer for the Chugoku Shimbun newspaper.
Matsushige said: “The scene I saw through the finder was too cruel. Among the hundreds of injured persons of whom you cannot tell the difference between male and female, there were children screaming ‘It’s hot, it’s hot!’ and infants crying over the body of their mother who appeared to be already dead. I tried to pull myself together by telling myself that I’m a news cameraman, and it is my duty and privilege to take a photograph, even if it is just one, and even if people take me as a devil or a cold-hearted man. I finally managed to press the shutter, but when I looked through the finder for the second time, the object was blurred by tears”. Read the rest of this entry »