I was interviewed by Viva Brighton for their January Edition. It’s first the of a new series of interviews / project highlights which is a collaboration between MiniClick and Viva Brighton. Each month MiniClick will source a Brighton based photo project to be featured in the magazine and Viva will interview the photographer. MiniClick organises free photography talks / events in Brighton and further afield.
Brighton Swimming club photos in Viva Brighton. See more swimming photos on my website here.
The latest exhibition at Media Space packs more Iconic photographic prints into one room than you’ve probably ever seen in your lifetime. As soon as you walk in you can’t help but notice one of the most iconic photographs of all time: Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’. I’ve seen the ‘Afghan Girl’ image many times but this is the first time I’ve seen a print and it’s absolutely gorgeous, hanging next to it was Yousuf Karsh’s 1947 iconic portrait of Winston Churchill.
As soon as walk into Drawn By Light you will see Steve McCurry’s ‘Afghan Girl’ and Yousuf
and Karsh’s portrait of Winston Churchill side by side
If I am in Brighton on Christmas day I will always try to document the Brighton Christmas day swim. Brighton beach was meant to be closed to swimmers on Christmas day 2014 and the Christmas Brighton day swim canceled. In 2012 and 2011 the council / sea front office took the decision to close the beach because of bad weather to prevent people from swimming, no one tried enter the water in those years. In 2014 the decision was taken to close the beach two weeks before Christmas day. It turned out that Christmas 2014 was sunny and the sea was flat so a small group of people went swimming despite the beach closure.
I’ve been shooting Christmas day swims since 2005. You can see a selection of images for previous swims in my portfolio here.
The Lomography Petzval lens is a relatively new lens inspired by the past but designed to work with modern Nikon and Canon Digital SLRs. It’s totally manual and the images it produces have a dream like quality to them which is down to the super shallow depth of field and circular bokeh (blurring). Anything in the centre of frame will be highlighted by the circular bokeh and blurring patten. The lens is the equivalent of an 85mm on a full frame camera (like any Canon 5D) and its maximum aperture is f/2.2.
Portrait shot in Dark cafe on 100 ISO and 20th sec
When the Aperture is at it’s widest it can be a little tricky to get pin sharp focus
The roots of this new lens lies in the original Petzval lens designed by Joseph Petzval in 1840, and although Lomography’s Petzval is technically a little different from the original, they’ve definitely nailed the 1840’s aesthetic. In August 2013 Lomography ran a successful Kickstater campaign to fund the manufacturing of a new version of the Petzval, they smashed their $100,000 funding goal 13 times over. After the Kickstarter backers receive their lenses Lomography are selling them to anyone who wants one.
Lomographic Petzval mounted on a Canon Eos 5d Mrk-iii. Can also be used with Nikon DSLRs. There are also adaptors available for NEX, FX and M4/3 mount cameras which means you can use the New Petzval on even more cameras, including the Sony A7, Olympus OM-D and Fuji X-Pro 1 and many more.
I have to admit I’ve a soft spot for Flickr as I’ve been an avid user for a long time, in fact I signed up 10 years ago this month when it was only eight months old. Although my usage is not what it once was, I’ve made a lot of good friends through the Flickr community and it’s helped my photographic career. A nice little titbit that you might not know: Flickr was spun out of the online Game Neverending’s photo sharing feature. At the time consumer digital photography was really in its infancy and photo editing was not as easy as it now (Lightroom was still three years away). This meant the majority of content on Flickr was unedited digital images which could look a little flat colour wise, this meant that my highly saturated film photos really jumped out from their digital counterparts.
London Millennium Bridge one of early images I uploaded to Flickr
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Since 2000 Nigel Swallow has put together a Calendar of Brighton and Hove photographs which has become a bit of Brighton institution.
Brighton Calendar 2015 cover – Lighting and the West Pier by Max Langran
The calendar is comprised of the work of local Brighton Photographers, this years calendar includes two little pictures from me and one from my wife @rockcake, it’s always nice to be a part of the calendar even if it’s just a small part. Continue reading
In April 2015 I’ll be teaching some workshops at the Snap Photo Festival in Wales along with 13 other photographers with a diverse range of styles and skills. There will be talks, workshops, camp fires and parties over the space of 4 nights and 3 days. Think of Snap as a pick and mix of photo workshops, each photographer will be teaching their workshop twice so there’s a slim chance of you missing a one because it clashes with another. It’s not just the scheduled events where you can learn as there’s plenty of time outside timetable to socialise with tutors and other participants. I’m really excited about astrophotographer Conor MacNeill‘s workshop as I met him when I was speaking alongside him at the Birdie conference earlier year.
“Twilight and the Milky Way at Deadvlei in Namibia.” – By Conor MacNeill
Event tickets are £1300 per person and that includes 4 nights of glamping accommodation and food (if you are local there are also Non-residential tickets for £1150). More details can be found on the snap website here: www.snapphotofestival.com
The Lomo LC-A was introduced to the Soviet Union in 1984 as a camera for the people. The idea was to design a camera that anyone could use. Lomo took inspiration from the Japanese Cosina CX-2, but toned down the design with some Communist magic. The LC-A was the camera that changed the way I thought about photography. It gave me a lot of creative freedom, and the fact that I could take it anywhere and could use it in low light made it a game changer at the time. You can see some of my images taken the Lomo LC-A in this portfolio.
Typical image from a Lomo LC-A with heavy vignetting, this vignetting can be further exaggerated with the use of cross processing. See more of my Lomo LCA images taken in this portfolio.
It seems funny now but when I got my LC-A in 1998 there was not much to choose from if you wanted a half decent camera that could fit in your jeans pocket, especially if you were on a budget. Compared with the proliferation of camera phones now, it seems quite bizarre that compact digital cameras did not exist then and did not become affordable until 2003.
Lomo LC-A along side the new Medium format Lomo LC-A 120
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Tagged 120 film, Cameras, film, LC-120, LC-A, LC-M, LC-W, Lomo, medium format