Craig Semetko Workshop – Hamburg 2016

Last weekend I was in Hamburg to join the Craig Semetko workshop on street photography organised by LFI. Now, I will confess that I was a little dubious as to whether I would gain much from this and it worked out fairly expensive taking into account the fact that I had to book 4 nights accommodation and flights from the U.K. and face the hard fact that the value of the UK pound had plummeted by over 25% in Europe since it was decided (not by my vote) that we should pull out of the E.U. I have been shooting ‘street photography’ for around 50 years, and have exhibited it pretty much world-wide so would I really gain anything? In the end I decided that, at the very least, I would get to meet Craig who has been a friend on Facebook for a long time and whose work I admire. As it was I found I learnt more than I could have imagined, met some great new guys and together with the picture editor of Die Zeit Sunday magazine (you don’t meet people at that level every day of the week!) Basically I had a ball despite the cold Hamburg weather.

I have posted a few of my favourites below, all were shot on a Leica M9 with a 35mm Summarit-M f2.5 lens at 800iso to allow me the depth of field and shutter speed combination I wanted. I hope you enjoy them.

Oh, and if you get chance and street photography is your thing (or even if it is not) go and meet Craig. He is a great entertainer and a consummate professional when it comes to street photography. As for LFI, they are great guys and special thanks must go to Simon Schwarzer.

Below are a few of the images taken on the trip:

A couple stop in the street to share a snack, the man looks totally bored.

A couple stop in the street to share a snack, the man looks totally bored.

On a cold winters day in Hamburg a shop worker steps out on to the street to smoke a quick cigarette.

On a cold winters day in Hamburg a shop worker steps out on to the street to smoke a quick cigarette.

A couple enjoy a breakfast roll from a stall at the Fischmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

A couple enjoy a breakfast roll from a stall at the Fischmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

Am elderly woman carries home her shopping from the St. Pauli Fischmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

Am elderly woman carries home her shopping from the St. Pauli Fischmarkt in Hamburg, Germany.

A elderly man in an overcoat and with a cane walks through the streets of Hamburg, Germany.

A elderly man in an overcoat and with a cane walks through the streets of Hamburg, Germany.

A man waits patiently outside the Lego store in Spitalerstaße in Hamburg, Germany.

A man waits patiently outside the Lego store in Spitalerstaße in Hamburg, Germany.

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Sweet Jars

I found this small corner shop in the rural Hampshire town of Bishops Waltham: old Hampshire that is, not the New Hampshire masquerading on the north eastern corner of the United States. It bought back so many memories for me of when I was a child, and of walking to the corner store where Dolly would serve me with a white paper bag with my choice of sweets from a jar, all for a penny (yes, I am old). It is good to know that some things do not change, although there were the prepackaged confectioneries also available of course.

Rows of sweet jars on the shelves of Sweet Corner in the small Hampshire town of  Bishops Waltham invoke memories of childhood in a world of prepacked heavily marketed alternatives.

Rows of sweet jars on the shelves of Sweet Corner in the small Hampshire town of Bishops Waltham invoke memories of childhood in a world of prepacked heavily marketed alternatives.

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Wilton & Wool

I have just published ‘Wilton & Wool – The Sheep Framing Heritage of Wiltshire’ on this link https://spark.adobe.com/page/vNzf3Tpw9WonI/.

All images were taken on a Leica M9 using a 35mm Summarit-M f2.5 lens.

Gerry

 

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Little Duck Forge

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire (UK). Lucille, who trained at the Hereford College of Technology, is one of the very few female blacksmiths (if that is the sex-appropriate word) working in the United Kingdom. She produces bespoke ironwork both for architectural use and as works of art, as well as teaching her craft.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Lucille Scott (aka The Iron Maiden) working at her blacksmiths forge in the Eastney area of Portsmouth, Hampshire.

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Southampton Pride 2016

My home town of Southampton is a multicultural city and major seaport. It is also a young city where around one in every eight of its population is a student. It is not surprising therefore that there is an active LGBT community but it has not held a ‘gay pride’ event for more than a decade. That was put right recently when a parade through the main shopping area was held, complete with whistle blowing, banner waving and a lot of good natured fun.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it's way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it’s way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it's way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

The Pride Parade celebrating sexual preferences and orgainised by the LGBT community makes it’s way through Southmpton for teh first time in more than a decade.

A man carries a 'bear culture' flag during the Southampton Pride event. 'Bear' is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of the LGBT community with its own events, codes, and culture-specific identity. The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes.

A man carries a ‘bear culture’ flag during the Southampton Pride event. ‘Bear’ is an affectionate gay slang term for those in the bear communities, a subculture in the gay community and an emerging subset of the LGBT community with its own events, codes, and culture-specific identity. The International Bear Brotherhood Flag was designed in 1995 by Craig Byrnes.

A teenager who is too shy hides his face whilst his friends pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride Parade event (taken with his permission)

A teenager who is too shy hides his face whilst his friends pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride Parade event (taken with his permission)

Two young female friends pose together for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young female friends pose together for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A member of a roller blade group takes part in the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A member of a roller blade group takes part in the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A couple pose proudly for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A couple pose proudly for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing checks an iPad wearing her full regalia at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

The Mayor of Southampton, Councillor Cathie McEwing checks an iPad wearing her full regalia at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A young male couple decked in Pride flags pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

A young male couple decked in Pride flags pose for a photograph at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

An empty pushchair is used as a flag support at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

An empty pushchair is used as a flag support at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Three girls from the local student population blow bubbles and pose for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Three girls from the local student population blow bubbles and pose for the camera at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young girls carrying inflatable unicorns at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Two young girls carrying inflatable unicorns at the Southampton Pride event, held in the city for the first time in more than a decade.

Celebrating the first Pride Parade in Southampton for 15 years, this transgender person is happy to be photographed

Celebrating the first Pride Parade in Southampton for 15 years, this transgender person is happy to be photographed

 

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Just one roll of film

The other day I was looking for a archived disk of wedding images when I stumbled across an old CD  containing images in black and white of a film I shot at the Southampton Mela in 2003. For those of you who don’t know the best way I can describe a mela is it is a bit like a village fete which takes place in many communities in the Asian subcontinent. Southampton, with its large Punjabi community, holds an annual mela which is enjoyed by people of all ethnicities, both young and old. It is a place to enjoy the company of friends, to dance and to eat good ‘street food’ – in brief, a place to let yourself go!

I have been unable to find the original film which I had scanned at the time of processing, so it was most probably Kodak T-max 400CN which was my film of choice at the time, and I was shooting with a Leica M6. In total there were 38 frames on the film, and I only shot the one film: this is know because of the disk numbers before and after. I have made a selection of 9 of the images (i.e. roughly one in four) because I shot multiple frames of the people dancing to ensure that I captured ‘the moment’. Here they are, and I hope they capture the flavour of that day back in 2003:

A sikh couple dance seductively together at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A sikh couple dance seductively together at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young girl twirls coloured ribbons as she dances to music at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young girl twirls coloured ribbons as she dances to music at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young man with a lip stud and ear piercing twirls coloured ribbons as she dances to music at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young man with a lip stud and ear piercing twirls coloured ribbons as she dances to music at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young girl, hair cust short and studs in her lips, dances with the music from the bamd at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young girl, hair cust short and studs in her lips, dances with the music from the bamd at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A young girl with studs through her lips takes a brief break from her dancing for a conversation with a friend during the Mela (Southampton, England)

A young girl with studs through her lips takes a brief break from her dancing for a conversation with a friend during the Mela (Southampton, England)

Two Indian men converse together at the Southampton Mela in 2003.

Two Indian men converse together at the Southampton Mela in 2003.

A sikh couple continue to dance seductively together at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A sikh couple continue to dance seductively together at the Mela in Southampton, England.

A spectator takes a rest during the Mela festivities in Southampton, England.

A spectator takes a rest during the Mela festivities in Southampton, England.

Young Punjabi fans rejoice at meeting their idol at the Mela (Southampton, England)

Young Punjabi fans rejoice at meeting their idol at the Mela (Southampton, England)

 

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The View to Sea

I took a  brief visit to Stokes Bay near Gosport (Hampshire) last week to have morning coffee with my wonderful sister Brenda, who is now 85 and has problems walking. It was a glorious hot summers day, and whilst waiting for her to walk to the cafe I captured a quick image of a man looking out to sea using my Leica M9 and 35mm Summarit-M f2.5 lens. I am delighted to say that the image (below) has been published on the National Geographic website as one of their ‘Daily Dozen’ best images. It just shows that to take good photos you need to have your camera with you!

A man looks out to sea dressed in a bathing suit which sits below his stomach.

A man looks out to sea dressed in a bathing suit which sits below his stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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