Sometimes it is good to refresh your ideas, or to face a new challenge, as a photographer especially if, like me, you have been stumbling along blindly for a very long time. It was with this in mind that on Saturday I drove down to Bath and attended a Leica Akademie day at the home of the Royal Photographic Society.
The day was managed by Robin Sinha (a good photographer in his own right) and featured the documentary work of the talented Celine Marchbank. We started with a look at Celines book about the death of her mother, a very deep personal piece of work which I found difficult to view following the death of my own wife from that dreadful scourge which sadly affects so many. The book itself showed how photo books can be a wonderful medium for presenting work, and Celine had the added advantage of a history in graphic design – and it showed!
After a very pleasant buffet lunch, and a play with the new Leica M10 (I want one!) we were sent off with the brief to bring back a group of images which could be edited down to produce a 10 image storyboard. The rest of the group headed into town but, because of walking limitations, I stayed very local and worked roughly 100 metres from base, concentrating on one of the very few antique shops left in Bath now. Luckily the owner gave me free reign to do whatever I wished. Below are my final selection of images, all of which were taken using my Leica M9 fitted with a 35mm Summarit f2.5. Interiors were taken at 1000iso, and exteriors at 400iso. Processing was using Lightroom CC, sometimes utilising a Kodachrome 25 preset.
I always find the presenting of my work to others daunting, and I have never been a heavy shooter, but I think I faired reasonably well in the final analysis.
The antique store in Wells Road, Bath, England.
Ornate upholstered chairs at a street market in Bath, Somerset, England.
Inside an antiques store in Bath, Somerset, various signs adorn the windows of the office area. The great variety show humour and and information at the same time, making it a friendly place to visit.
Animal pelts and a yellow hat adorn an artistic bust inside an antique shop in Bath, Somerset.
A top hat adorns an artistic bust and the walls display Union Jack and a patriotic sign inside an antique shop in Bath, Somerset.
A marble bust is surrounded by other bric-a-brac inside an antique shop in Bath, Somerset.
A young woman looks through historic photographs surrounded by other bric-a-brac inside an antique shop in Bath, Somerset.
A man looks through the antiques outside a shop in Bath, England
A Fat Face label adorns an extra small item in a charity thrift shop, Bath, England.
(Taken in Bath, England)