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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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!