Around 2013 I dug out my late fathers Mamyia RZ67 and began! Then I went through a bit of a whirlwind of 35mm cameras, eBay stabs in the dark, finding the Way again via internet articles, podcasts and places. In 2019 I was gifted, by now a good friend and fellow photographer, a pretty much complete darkroom set-up – it created another piece in the jigsaw of Slowly Turning Analogue.
I find it incredibly difficult to finish rolls of 36 exposures, even 12 exposures on 120 Medium Format and I am now shooting single sheets of film/paper in an Intrepid MkIV 4×5. The aquisition of the Intrepid MkIV has given me a new commitment to this way of seeing. The 4×5 really fits with what is becoming a very purposeful slowing down, considered approach to crafting images.
The majority of my work now is in Van Dyke Brown or Cyanotype printing. Harking back to the 1830‘s. I am currently exploring Cyanotypes on glass.
Beginning my immersion into the outdoors at a very young age. I progressed to wandering the hills and mountains of the UK once I could drive or hitch-hike. Followed by spending a few summers climbing in the Alps all the while working in the field of Outdoor Education in both the UK, France, UAE and the USA. A few more years of interspersing work for others, particularly in the Ardeche, France - finally led to a break from general Outdoor Education and a specialism in Canoeing and more particularly Expedition based ADVENTURES BY CANOE.
Under my business name WILDERNESS CANOE I have now led innumerable trips here in the UK, coached at symposia in the UK, France and in Canada, led trips to Norway, Sweden, France and Canada as well as around Scotland. We think of ourselves as the CANOEISTS CANOER.
Spending time somewhere that we have used the canoe to access, sitting watching the stars or the sunrise, smelling the waft of fresh coffee brewing on the campfire, slowing down, reflecting and relishing the disconnect from the everyday world and the new found connectedness to this World.