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Sandwood Bay on the West coast of Sutherland.

One of the most isolated beaches on the British mainland.

Spent a happy couple of days getting a train about 300 miles, then hitch-hiking another 70, before walking the final ten to get there.

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Near Duncansby Head in Caithness (Even further north than Sutherland.)

Managed to get the wire going right out the very corner of the frame like I wanted. If you look closely at a huge version of this print you can see the telegraph poles trailing off into the distance for ten miles or so.

Taken on Delta 100, which makes it really nice and sharp.

(Added here 17-Oct-2004)

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The view from where I slept one night in Knoydart. Never been anywhere quite so quiet in my life. It was possible to see about 40 miles in each direction, and not see a single light, or hear a single sound.

The jagged ridge in the distance is the Cullins of Syke.

Some experimental shots I took of stars that night have still to be processed.

(Added here 17-Oct-2004)

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Ooh yeah, they’s grooving, and shakin’.

(“Dirty Hospital” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 18th July, 2004.)

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There were some pretty cool poses at this gig, but I think this is the best.

(“Dirty Hospital” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 18th July, 2004.)

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Dueling keyboards.

(“Dirty Hospital” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 18th July, 2004.)

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One man and his drum machine.

Cool flare on this one too which adds a bit of atmosphere I think.

(“Dirty Hospital” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 18th July, 2004.)

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Towards the end of the gig; he looks like he’s very much in the zone.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Rock.

Thought I’d just missed this one, so it was a pleasant surprise when processing the film.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Again I was pleased to get three people all in the frame at once, with pretty cool poses and expressions.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Really pleased with this one; I like the intensity of the expressions, and the rather unusual framing. I spent a lot of time trying to get a decent picture with the drummer in the frame somewhere, but never did get one I was really happy with.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Got some quite pleasingly rock-poses at this gig, difficult lighting though.

Also difficult is the fact that the guitarist/vocalist in the white shirt stands out so much more than any of the other band members, who were dressed in darker outfits.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Glasgow band Multiplies. I like the pose of the keyboardist in this one — sort of reminds me of the Emperor fron Star Wars when he is shooting the lighting around the place.

(“Multiplies” — Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow; 20th May, 2004.)

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Taken in the middle of the day, without any filters or anything. Really rather difficult to print, but it’s helped a little by being on Delta 100, which can handle the pretty huge contrast pretty well. Also wonderfully sharp, in the 8in square print you can make out the lines of the telegraph pole, which was at least half a mile away!

I like the shadows the cloud makes in ths sky, which make a nice change from rays of sunlight.

(Added here 1-Jun-2004)

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Footprints. Pretty self-explanatory this one. Again, took a while to catch the wave breaking, just visible in the corner of the frame, and the foot almost out of frame at the same time.

Not posed — I just spent five minutes or so following my Dad around.

(Added here 1-Jun-2004)

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Took some time, but only one attempt, to catch the moment when the breaking wave was just in the corner of the frame, and the last receeding one was crossing over the pebble.

Quite like the progression of the dry sand, the wet sand and the water in this one, not sure about the seaweed though.

(Added here 1-Jun-2004)

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Brother-in-law’s car when it was shiny and new. It’s still usually pretty impressively shiny.

Really pleased with the tones in this picture. Shot on Ilford Delta 100, which I don’t use nearly enough, and am always very pleased with when I do.

Focused about 1" too close, which seems to be a ‘feature’ of my current camera. It looks in focus when you look through the viewfinder, but in reality when you take the picture it’s about 1" closer than you thought. Need to get my camera serviced sometime to make the distance to the focusing screen the same as the distance to the film, but it’s something which I can ill afford at the moment!

(Added here 25-May-2004)

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A little bit of experimental printing here. Print a little chunk, then move the paper, then print another chunk etc.

Blah blah blah, post-modernism.

(Added here 24-May-2004)

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The view from a little way up the hill towards the metronome, looking down Revoluční.

Inspired by a friend’s impressive attempts, I thought I’d try joining together some pictures. The pictures themselves were taken with this in mind, but I’d never got around to doing it.

Didn’t turn out quite as I’d hoped, and there are a few problems I’d like to fix, but I’m reasonably pleased with it as a first attempt. Really need a bit more overlap when I take the pictures to get make it all a bit easier to stick together.

(Joined in the darkroom, as opposed to a pair of scissors and some glue, or with Photoshop.)

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My long-term climbing buddy, taking her regular cigarette break during the interval in the World Championships.

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My sister and her husband on a train in the Czech Republic.

Printed to get detail in the scene outside, and to make the inside of the train go to black, with the exception of the faces, lit by the window light.

The film this image was on, Ilford Delta 3200, pushed one stop (EI 6400) wasn’t all together happy about getting x-rayed. There’s a big wavy, 3mm wide line right down the middle which is really obvious in the negatives, but luckily doesn’t show up on the prints.

I’d never had any problems with films being x-rayed before, even rolls at 6400 which had been zapped four or five times. Guess they still have have old skool high-dose x-ray machines in the Czech Replublic.

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Seriously comfortable chairs.

(Added here 22-Mar-2004)

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Sometimes, in the middle of a barbecue, in the early evening, in April, the urge to water the lawn strikes.

Suddenly, nothing else matters, and people all around you are almost invisible, as if out of focus.

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A huge supermarket in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

For what initially looks like quite a dull picture there’s a lot going on that makes me like it very much:

  • There’s a bird’s nest in the & between -op and Shop.
  • The sign in the dead centre of the picture reads “$50 fine”, with no indication of what for. I’d guess it’s parking, but part of me would like to imagine it might be photography.
  • The plants look so out of place, like they might have just landed from another planet; also there’s prices on the right of the picture for other plants, which aren’t in evidence. Either they’ve gone back to the planet they came from, been bought, or died in the oppressive heat.
  • There’s also the abandoned drink. I imagine it was left by someone waiting to get picked up. Probably the person doing the collecting parked in the “No parking” area, of which the N is just visible on the right.
  • I like the fact that under the shelf the plants are on, you can see things, but can’t make out what they are. Mystery…
  • Lastly, the trail of drips from a car’s air-conditioning system (along the bottom of the picture) always reminds me of how hot it was, and how almost painfully cool the air-con made it.

Even after I’ve explained all that, most people still think it’s a pretty dull picture. Benefits from being big this picture.

(Added here 20-Mar-2004)

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Brussels airport again.

I was trying to convey the impression of how dark and lonely airports (which are usually quite light, and busy) can feel, and contrast it with the lightness of outside, where people aren’t allowed.

I think the plant looks wonderfully out of place here, amongst all the other straight lines. I could have probably have done something more interesting with it alone… maybe next time.

(Added here 20-Mar-2004)

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Brussels airport, and a really cool bronze sculpture thing.

Took quite a bit of effort to print this and get the airplane outside to come up at all. Eventually printed it at grade 1, for quite a bit longer than would be usual.

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Brussels airport.

I liked the impression that the little plane had just been fired out of the jetway.

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I really like this one too — you can just see his eye over his arm, and it’s really sharply in focus.

Sure; you’re not going to see it in any magazines, but this one really reminds me of this gig.

(Sage Francis — King Tut’s, Glasgow; 16th June, 2003.)

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This picture’s rather frustrating. His right hand is in a really sinister looking claw shape around the light, but there’s just not enough detail in the negative to be able to print it properly. Possibly with a lot of work I’ll be able to draw it out a little better.

(Sage Francis — King Tut’s, Glasgow; 16th June, 2003.)

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Probably the best picture I managed to get that evening. I printed it deliberately with the highlights slightly burned out. (I actually meant it for once!)

(Sage Francis — King Tut’s, Glasgow; 16th June, 2003.)

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Quite like this picture. Pretty simple, but sometimes that’s a good thing.

(Sage Francis — King Tut’s, Glasgow; 16th June, 2003.)

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Taken literally about 10 seconds after the previous photograph.

I like the way the spacing between the people sort of matches the spacing of the lamps, and the texture of the cobbles.

Quite nice lens flare too — not overly distracting. (Interestingly, you can figure out the number of aperture blades in a lens by counting the number of points on the star-flare from a point light source. Here the sun comes out as a ten-pointed star, as my lens has five aperture blades.)

(Added here 6-Oct-2003)

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Prague at night, looking down from just below the castle (Pražský hrad) towards the Malá Strana, and the Charles Bridge (Karlův most). Prague is a wonderful place to wander around at night.

Ideally I’d like a little more detail in the highlights of this picture — specifically around the lamp. I’ll get around to it at some point.

(Added here 6-Oct-2003)

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New Year; 2002/2003. One of my favourite pictures.

Like quite a few of my prints, this needs to be done again with more detail in the highlights. I was in a bit of a hurry when I was printing this though, so I guess it can be excused.

(Added here 6-Oct-2003)

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Prague castle (Pražský hrad).

I think this is probably my favourite of all my pictures so far. I like the ‘no parking’ sign, contrasting with the fairytale picture of the castle and gardens beyond the gateway.

The tiny plaque near the middle right of the image marks the level of the water during the flooding in 2000.

(Added here 20-Mar-2003)

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Luca when he was a dog ‘teenager’ playing with sticks and stones in the garden.

He’s prone to knocking the little round stones off the shelf he’s lying on in this picture, then looking at them with surprise when they land loudly on the concrete below.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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Again, at about 1am in the morning. People promoting clubs and bars around town often attach posters and flyers to lamp-posts, using little plastic ties. Eventually on the more popular lamp-posts you get huge collections of the ties, long after the posters have given in to the rain.

The display on my light-meter is back-lit in a cool-blue shade in low light, and it lit up when I was metering this. A couple walking past at the time whispered to each other “What is he doing!” I think they thought it was a Geiger-counter or something, so I reassured them that I was “Just taking a photograph!” I think they were even more alarmed that I’d heard their whispering, and they scurried off into the night.

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Taken at about 1am. Helpful locals in and around the centre of town frequently peel useful letters, or parts of letters off signs. This sign to “Auerioyle” and “um arton” is for Aberfoyle and Dumbarton.

There was an article in the local newspaper about the phenomenon recently. An example of their work included “Heart transplant centre” becoming “ear transplant centre”.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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A building in-line for renovations near George Square in the city centre.

I was attracted to the contrast between the classical architecture, and the rather to-the-point graffiti in the doorway. Not exactly sure what it refers to, although I think possibly it did once say “ME” underneath; you can just make out the remnants of the ‘E’.

I also quite like the fact that the three windows at the top of the picture are all different shades of gray.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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Closing stages of the evening (technically morning, as it was around 5:30am). The number of people able to stand had fallen rapidly in the immediately preceeding 30 minutes.

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Party recipe: Take one guitar, some music, assorted alcoholic beverages, some old photographs, old friends, and old computer games. Mix thoroughly.

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The effects that the music of The White Stripes can have on people.

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Mr. Happy and the Tired Twins.

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Happiness is a warm house?

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If thought-bubbles were added to this picture, they’d probably be along the lines of “hurry up and cook the burgers so we can go inside, where it’s heated”.

Unfortunately soon after this was taken the gas ran out, and a memeber of out party had to visit a local 24-hour garage to re-stock. Sources tell me that he got some odd looks buying propane for his barbeque at 4am in sub-zero October…

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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More BBQ-ing. The hat’s a necessity for the prevailing conditions. The T-shirt was only an option if you were near the BBQ itself.

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Late-night BBQ again. This friend’s hair lends itself to back-lit photography, but he’s since had it all cut off. For me it’s the little round bush in the foreground that just makes this picture.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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Dateline: October 10th 2002… Outside temperature: -5°C… Time: 2200-0700… Occasion: Barbecue.

Very few people could think up something so eccentric, and even fewer people could actually pull it off. The Dude in this picture is one of those people, here playing keepie-uppies with a hacky-sack.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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A little on the soft side this picture — it’s difficult to focus on someone who’s walking away from you in the dark! It gives an interesting effect though.

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In the line to get into a club, at around 12am.

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I like the little signs in the background of this picture, combined with the conspiratorial look of the group behind the Birthday boy.

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About half of the people who were at the party.

Someone has since pointed out that they are perfectly arranged in height order! I can assure you this wasn’t intentional, but it does make for an interesting effect.

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Another happy couple, unfortunately recorded looking about as unhappy as possible. I have no idea who these people are, they were just at the party.

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There’s some gene in some people that makes them stick their tongue out whenever they see a camera.

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Macarena, Baby One More Time, or YMCA? You decide.

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Nobody seems to remember me taking pictures at this party. Possibly that’s because of the large quantities of liquid refreshment that were provided, but I like to think it’s due to my discreet professionalism.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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A happy couple, one being yet another acquaintance from Uni, and the other his girlfriend from Holland. I had to process and print this for them ASAP, as she was going home in a few days and wanted a copy of the picture.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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Another friend from University, looking thoughtful, at the same birthday party as the previous picture.

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A friends’ 21st birthday party, the friend in question being the guy with the big grin, on the left.

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Not all of my friends smile sweetly when I point the camera at them — then again, I seem to remember telling him to “Do something interesting!”

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Dancing. Never did get the hang of it.

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I’ve been trying to decode what’s going on here. I think Miss. A is explaining something to Mr. B, which Mr. B is now realising is pretty obvious (Miss. A’s pointing at it), and Mr. B’s feeling a little sheepish for having said something else earlier which goes against what Miss. A is saying.

(Added here 8-Jul-2002)

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Perfectly illustrates the three stages of a night of drinking:

  1. The act of Drinking itself. (Right)
  2. Feeling merry, and — let’s be honest — looking a bit silly. (Left)
  3. Finding yourself at the bar again, wondering where all your money’s gone, and feeling slightly green. (Middle, background)

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Lots going on in this picture, to the point where it looks like a rather poorly-constructed digital montage.

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Mum, on a ferry. The positioning of the ‘abandon ship assembly point’ sign behind her is — of course — completely coincidental.

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Luca, trying to re-enact the Guinness advert with the horses.

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Seaweed is an important source of nutrition in many cultures, thought not often — as far as I know — for dogs.

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Friends of my parents’ Jack Russell terrier — called “Joey” or “Zoe” depending on who you ask. Responds to both.

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A friend I go climbing with, engaging in some especially slimy climbing, on a typical wet day.

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A stony beach, at low-tide, with an approaching shower in the distance. In a huge version I printed (which took about seven hours of darkroom experimentation to get just as I wanted) it’s possible to see a single person and their dog on the far beach, who I didn’t even know were there when I took the picture!

There’s a small amount of burning-in of some parts of this print. The sky got an extra two stops to bring out the cloud detail, and the water in the bottom-left an extra one stop, so it matches the darkened sky.

A 16in by 20in print of this photograph is so far the most expensive print I’ve sold.

(Added here 18-Feb-2002)

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Same beach, and the same day as the preceeding picture. The sand-castles are crafted by my sister. The specks are (left to right) Dad, Mum, then my sister, Rollo, and brother-in-law.

I’m crouching in a small ‘valley’ made by the water draining from a pool left behind in the sand after the tide had gone out.

(Added here 18-Feb-2002)

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On a typically populated beach in Sutherland. The specks are (left to right) my Dad, Mum, dog (at that time, Rollo), brother-in-law, and sister.

This is one of only a handfull of pictures where I think that I have actually made good use of a wide-angle lens!

(Added here 18-Feb-2002)

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It’s not often that you can get this close to sheep roaming free! Taken with a standard lens, from about 10cm away.

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Exterior view of the chip-shop which features earlier in the series. The guy was keen that I get ‘the neons’ in, as he was understandably proud of them.

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Helpful, non-camera-shy employees in a typical Glasgow chip-shop.

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A slightly posed picture of Mum in ‘artist’ mode, paintbrush at the ready.

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Mum, with her ever-present umbrella; a symptom of local weather.

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The same Loch where the earlier picture of the pebbles was taken.

I was trying to make this print look a little sinister and other-worldly, by printing it with a little more contrast than I might otherwise have. The actual print itself looks more like three pictures stuck together — the rock and shore; the water and hills; and the sky — than the simple photograph that it is.

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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Graffiti scratched into the plastic window of a bus shelter, back-lit by street- and head-lights.

I’ve still not printed this quite as I’d like, but this one’s the closest so far.

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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A flower in my garden. Taken with the aperture wide open to draw attention to the flower itself, and make the otherwise messy background a little more picturesque.

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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Taken at Charing Cross train station in town, I was taking a picture of the empty bench and the wires on the wall when these four arrived.

Left to right, they are:

  1. Attempting a winning-heavyweight-boxer-type pose
  2. Flipping me off
  3. Trying to look impassively cool, yet remain mean and sinister
  4. Posing as he would if it was his favourite grandmother taking the picture

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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An old disused petrol station. I was attracted by the little arrow painted on the wall which pointed perfectly at the shadow of the streetlight. I also liked the “Open Monday — Friday”, which it plainly was not.

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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This is the view from my bedroom window, looking over towards the city of Glasgow itself behind the trees.

The darkish blob near the top-right is a smudge on my window indicating that I should clean it, which I have since done.

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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Referred to rather ominously by most of my friends as “The Dark picture”, this was taken outside a chip shop after a night on the town, at around 4am. I didn’t ask him to pose like this, he’s just a natural.

(You may be interested to note that the same person features playing pool earlier in the series.)

(Added here 21-Nov-2001)

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Luca’s “Now that I’m mature and sensible I’m prepared pose like this for much fewer biscuits than when I was younger” photograph.

The little lightish curve next to his left-rear paw is an annoying little kink which developed in the film, probably when I was loading it onto the reel for developing.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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More singing! Obviously the dramatic climax of yet another classic.

Ironically the person without a guitar, on the right of the picture, is (I think) the best guitarist in this picture…

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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A friend of a friend from school, he probably thought I was just playing around and wasn’t actually going to take the picture, hence the rather relaxed expression.

The person in the background is rather nicely (and intentionally — for once!) framed by a little arch in the corner of the room. I seem to remember him saying to the main subject, in relation to me pointing the camera at him: “Ooh! He likes you!”

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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The middle stages of some tuneful rendition, probably of some Bob Dylan classic.

(Note the couple in the corner, concentrating so intently on the music that they seem to be asleep…)

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A well-stocked fridge at a rather good party, complete with a semi-intoxicated minder.

Everything a party could possibly require: several shelves of alcohol, and some essential condiments.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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The best of three attempts to capture the amazing “throw cigarette from waist level and nonchalantly catch it in mouth, looking like zero effort was involved” feat.

The other two didn’t turn out so well because they were lacking the important “catch it in mouth” stage.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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A friend from school demonstrating his recently acquired musical prowess. Taken at 1/30th of a second, and held down at waist level, to get a little bit of the three guitars present in the frame.

I took it as high praise when he asked for a larger version to hang in his hall!

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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The last of the only three pictures I took that night — surprisingly they all came out quite nicely.

If they ever start their own company I think they should use this as the cover-shot for their corporate magazine. The heading could be “Looking to the Future” or something.

They’re standing in a small pool of light from a street light that was shining through a tree. An inch or two to either side and they would have been in the shadows. Luckily they payed attention to my directions and didn’t stagger around too much.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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A close-up version of the last picture.

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At my sister’s friend’s wedding, I was doing the video, so didn’t have much time to take pictures of the happy couple myself.

Later in the evening however, when the couple were elsewhere socialising, I snuck off with my sister and her then fiancee (now husband) to take some pictures incorporating the modern buildings in the area, which are flood-lit at night.

This building is affectionately known as “The Armadillo” and is a medium sized concert hall by the River Clyde. This photo’s taken from Bell’s Bridge over the river.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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The traditional family pass-time when on holiday. Sit in the kitchen, eat bread with jam and take turns saying “What should we do?”

Taken holding the camera high above my head, upside down, to get a kind of bird’s eye perspective.

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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This photograph could be the ‘what happens next’ from the previous one. Answer: Not much.

Printed a little ‘flat’ for my liking, the sky came out nice though…

(Added here 27-Oct-2001)

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A typical scene from on holiday, ‘Up North’.

I like this photograph, it has a sort of expectant air about it. Something terribly exciting is undoubtedly about to happen.

(Taken on holiday in Sutherland, summer 2001.)

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Luca, in tall grass in the garden in Sutherland. Summer 2001.

(Added here 8-Sep-2001)

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Luca and his friend, Mac. Mac was reluctant to swim to retrieve sticks from the sea, so chose to wait in the surf and try to steal it from Luca as he passed.

Being overly polite Luca usually let him have it.

The door of my ‘darkroom’ [cupboard] was opened as I was loading this film into the processing tank. Thankfully only the first picture on the roll was irretrievably affected, and it wouldn’t have been terribly good anyway.

(Added here 16-Aug-2001)

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Luca on the beach at Sutherland. Summer 2001.

One of those rare moments when he sits still for more than 5 seconds. Because of the bright conditions the sharpness of this print is very satisfying.

(Added here 16-Aug-2001)

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The back of a ’phone box in Gordon Street, in the city centre.

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Another old friend from school.

I deliberately took this with my friend quite small in the frame, so it would need to be enlarged greatly, leading to this pronounced graininess.

(Added here 16-Aug-2001)

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Not all parties can be interesting all the time…

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Three friends from school.

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Rocks at the edge of Loch Brora.

‘Loch’ is basically the Scottish word for ‘lake’.

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Sunset. Up a hill, at around 10 pm.

No filter was used for this picture. Also, it was printed at a local pro-lab. At the time I didn’t have my own darkroom. They did quite a nice job though, didn’t they…

(Added here 14-Jan-2001)

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Trees at the machair. The point visible on the hill in the distance is a statue of the Duke of Sutherland.

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Sun reflecting off a small bog. Up a hill somewhere. Summer 1999.

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Rollo, looking wet and happy. Loch Brora, Sutherland, Scotland. Summer 1999.

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My sisters’ husband again, after New Year 1999/2000, laughing at the recounted story of something that happened that evening.

(Added here 14-Jan-2001)

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The door and roof of the old croft house we’ve been renting every summer for the last few years.

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Grasses on the machair (not pronounced ‘mac-hair’) near a beach.

The top third of this print was burnt in by one stop.

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A very old, yet still very small tree, also not far up the hill from the house we rent.

No filter was used for this photograph. My tripod (a rare ocurrence for me) and I were gradually sinking into the bog I was standing in.

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An old marker stone at the top of a smallish (100m or so) hill a few hundred metres walk from the house we stay in every summer.

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Rollo on holiday, exercising his habit of finding photogenic places to stand.

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Rollo hiding in the woods, pretending to be a bear.

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‘Friendly’ the sheep spotting a potential food source — me.

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‘Friendly’ the sheep would chase people about the hills, stick her nose in people’s bags and eat bread when it was offered. We think she was hand-reared.

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A seagull at Helmsdale harbour in Sutherland, Scotland.

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My sisters friend’s cat, Millie. She can be as evil as she looks in this photograph, but also has been known to have occasional cuddlish moments.

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Another successful shot involving mirrors. House-warming party.

Unintentionally underexposed by at least a stop and a half. Had to be printed at grade 4.5 to ‘save’ it.

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One of the photographs that nobody (except me) seems to remember being taken.

Taken at about 4am, in the rain, in the middle of Glasgow — my current camera doesn’t seem to mind getting a little wet around the edges.

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The pool room at University. A place where I spent far too much time during my first two years there.

The top third of this print was rather crudely burnt in by about 2 stops. I’m not entirely sure if even that was enough.

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I’m sure he’s looking at me and not himself. Taken at an excellent house-warming party that produced many photographs with which I was very pleased.

If you were wondering: the big burnt out splodge in the bottom right corner is a table lamp.

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The entertainment value of Helium balloons does not diminish with age, as this photo taken at a friends’ 21st birthday party documents.

Taken at 1/15th of a second, f2.8.

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My sister’s husband. Taken under the deck light of a ferry, he claims this is about the only good picture I’ve taken of him.

Some purist or more traditional portrait photographers would complain about the ‘evil shadows’ in this photograph. That’s the way the person in the photograph usually looks. Most people don’t walk around with assistants wielding reflectors in front of them.

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My sister’s feet.

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My sister, at the woods where we walk the dog. Winter 2000.

Taken directly into the sun, exhibits a pleasing lack of lens flare. Shame about the tree growing out her head. All it needs is a little strategic dodging.

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My Dad. Christmas 1999 at my sister’s [then] fiancee’s [now husband’s] house.

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My sister, in a rare moment of ease in front of the camera.

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My sister, wearing her Grandmother’s earrings in her hair.

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It takes many dog biscuits to get a 3 month old puppy to sit still while you focus.

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One of the first photographs I took of Luca upon his arrival in our house in early August 2000. The confused expression on his face in this picture and the next is because I’m standing in the bath.

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