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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The Artist

An artist, his arm spattered with paint, works on the embankment wall along the River Seine in Paris whilst people walk by indifferent to his work.

An artist, his arm spattered with paint, works on the embankment wall along the River Seine in Paris whilst people walk by indifferent to his work.

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The Conversation

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

Whilst hunting for something else I came across a disk of fairly low resolution scans of a film I shot in 2003 at the Southampton Mela. I have no idea what has happened to the negatives, but fortunately the scans are good enough for internet use. This is the first I have posted from that disk. All I know for certain is that it was taken on a Leica M6 with 50mm Summicron f2, and it would have been a C41 process black and white film.

Two men converse together at the Southampton Mela in 2003.

Two men converse together at the Southampton Mela in 2003.

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Comparative Religion Project

Despite their differences, all faiths have rituals of birth, marriage, death etc. and I am beginning to work on a photographic project to show through the photographic images that in these ways the various religions are closer than we would believe.

If you are a member of a church or temple in the UK that would be willing to co-operate with me please could you contact me. Thank you!

Gerry

 

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