A Bad Day To Bury Good News

One thing I get asked sometimes, is ‘can I get a print of that?’

It’s simultaneously one of my favourite & least favourite questions, a real humdinger; how can I let the cat out of the bag if it’s dead in a box?

Firstly, I don’t feel like I’m in any place to judge my own work & it’s value – if you want a print, go for your life! I just take them, try to make them good as I can, then I scurry away & hide.

Secondly, it’s a minefield, so many variations, what size, what kind of paper, what are your printing notes? What I fear will happen is that I’ll say yes, spent a hundred quid getting it done, and it won’t be right and I’ll be left with mud on my face and a damp squid in my hands.

But the question still comes, a strange, generous thief in the day. So, I got my arse in gear and looked around. I found this place called Gelatin Print who seemed to know their onions and asked them if they’d do one for me.

They did & it’s beautiful. They’re great to work with, really into the art of it, getting it just right. They were careful & professional. You can have any black & white print made in most sizes, straight from negatives using silver gelatin, on a couple of different kinds of paper. Ask me for details. If it’s really popular, I might try to make a form or something, but for now, it’s low-key; if you want one, just ask & we’ll do it!

Here’s the first one. It’s a shot I took of Josienne Clarke at Broadscope Studios in Glasgow about a month ago. I have to admit, I am pretty pleased with it. 16*20 inches on fibre. First the negative, then the print itself with a bottle of Macallan for scale. I’m bad at taking product photographs of my own photographs, but there it is, nonetheless.

If you’d like to talk to me about getting a print of any of my work, please do ask. I promise to make it as easy for you as I can… 🙂

Shooting The Ashen

I spent a day with Andi in London a few weeks back. We met on Twitter, ah, bless the modern world, and he threw me a little cash to do some press shots & artwork for his new record.

I used my Canon 60d with a 50mm f1.2 L, an 18-135mm & my trusty AE-1 35mm with Kodak Portra 400. Andi was really clear about what he wanted ahead of the shoot and comfortable around the camera and with himself on the day. He genuinely appreciated & understood my work, which was lovely to find. This combination made everything easy, a purely artistic endeavour & my favourite kind of shoot. I put him in lots of different situations, including a handful of pretty uncomfortable ones, in tube stations, in front of crowds, standing in puddles of piss in dripping underpasses, and he always delivered. He gave me a real sense of his art in every situation, expressing himself in a clear and honest way. I had considered his brief, examples and music when planning locations, but the truth was that we could’ve done this shoot on his front lawn and got the same results, because the important elements of these photos came straight from him & his demeanour, his thousand stories, his meticulous, considered approach, his sense of humour and his awesome jacket. He’s had a full on life, he knows how to tell it and you can see it written into his face

It was a pleasure to work with an artist of his calibre and I hope this won’t be the last time our paths cross – visit his bandcamp to check out his music.