Chester Swing

Chester Swing, Unamused Shopper

I love the age old tradition of street performers. There is something magical about a person making a living entering you whilst you shop.

I went to Chester to pick up a few items. (If you are unfamiliar with the city. It dates back to Roman times and still has the outer walls standing. It was developed in the Tudor times and the city has been almost untouched since. It is a fantastic historical wonderland and well worth a visit).

I have recently been shooting street only on film with my Yashica 635 TLR. It’s an amazing camera that seems to attract a lot of attention. It’s been fun working out how to shoot quickly and silently.

Getting back to the image. As I walked through the busy streets there was the sound of 1920’s Jazz floating through the crowds that drew me in. A women in her 20’s, dressed in period fashion was delighting the passers by with her Charleston.

She captured the moment brilliantly and keep me in gaze for two or three songs.

I took the opportunity to kneel down and wait for her to pass my viewfinder before passing her hand with silver coin and exchanging our love for all thing vintage.

Her performance made my day and I know (because she told me) being photographed by my camera made hers.

Turn any street in old England and town and you will find interesting people eager to entertain.

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Calling In A Favour

Calling In A Favour

You all know I love photography but I have an even greater love for old Film Noir movies. The grit and grim of a classic like The Big Combo makes for a great night in.

I have been away from my camera for a while (that is a lie, I have been concentrating on photography on the street) and have missed getting into a project.

For some time now the idea of creating another Low Key image has been mulling around my mind.

I wanted to create an image of dread and despair. A moment of uncontrolled emotion and a dislike. I hope I have achieved that.

The set up was easy. Strobe with a grid 45 degrees left of the camera. Speed light with a snoot (amazing what you can make with a piece of packing paper) behind me and to my left. A cookie (blind) made from a box from work (We had so many left over I thought no one would mind).

A cheap white shirt and tie that has been destroyed with food colouring. (Not a splash on the bed, very proud of myself).

And lastly…… my 1970’s phone. Which still works perfectly.

There has been some dodging and burning around eyes and skin. I really enjoyed myself and fancy doing some more. Though not tonight. My face is a pink colour due to the food colouring.

Let me know what you think. I appreciate all comments and opinions.

The End Of The Silver Screen & Busking

The Futurist

This is one of the last great examples of early purpose built cinema architecture left in the UK and even if the rest of the building cannot be saved. The facade should. Sometimes the cost of keeping something so unique may seem unrealistic and keeping up with the times is the best option. However that is the sort of thinking that has left most towns and cities losing their character. Liverpool is a leading example of retaining it’s original architecture and the Futurist should also be saved. It would be the only early cinema in the city and with the right money, love and care could become the centre piece of Lime Streets redevelopment.

Think of it like this….. When this cinema was built. The golden age of the silver screen was still a unique experience for many. People sat together in pure comfort and warmth. They laughed together, cried together, became scared together and fell in love with their fav film stars together.

No other building holds so many historic moments and has told so many stories than a cinema.

Keep the Futurist for the next generations, let them enjoy her proud stature. Let them wonder about her past.

There is still time to save her. Please make the right decision. Keep her standing and telling stories.
(Followers. Please help. No matter where you are in the world. If like me you have a fondness for nostalgia take a moment and sign the petition to save this building.

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Thank You )

Racing Ahead At The Finishing Line

  
I stupidly went down the escalator that was turned off (Leicester Square tube station).

It’s easy to get giddy half way. Though I braved it till the end. Only to turn around and find I was being chased but a very confident 10 year old that cleared the task in a matter of seconds.

River Walk

  
London is full of simple art work that is totally ignored. Take a moment to look around and you see wonderful delights.

Keeping a watchful eye on the Competition

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Working Men’s Club

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Turn a corner in old London Town and you are reminded of the past and present.

Down a dusty old London side street, leading into a busy open market stands a grand image of working life of yesteryear. It took me by surprise at the time. This wonderful moment on a massive board and no-one had noticed it.

I was drawn to it straight away (I love anything to do with how we used to live), when I noticed this guy on the phone just sitting there.

It struck me just how powerful the moment was. Here was a guy, sitting on a chair, using a mobile phone. A classic scene of 21st Century lifestyle with the back drop of 1930’s living perfectly in line with each other.

I had to get in close to take the picture and for the guy to notice me. I hoped he would become a little annoyed. I wanted him to look at me in the same way the gentlemen where in the picture. After standing there for a few minutes just looking at him he gave the look you see.

For me this is a perfect example of old and new and how technology, fashion and attitude may have changed over time, our personal living has stayed the same.

This was my favourite photo from a day shooting in London and probably one of the small handful of images I am really proud of.

Taken with FijiFilm X20 in Green Market London.