2017 – Scotland
Another Scotland trip, the only one of the year starting in North Ayrshire before heading across to the Isle of Mull, a bit of train spotting around Glenfinnan and then on to the Isles of Lewis & Harris.
A new zine available early 2018
2017 – Yorkshire Dales
A day out testing a new camera system… for most of the year (next section down this page) I have shot exclusively with film however I still have the requirement for a digital camera of sorts for occasional commercial work, travelling further a field and other things where I may need more flexibility. Over the last few years I’ve owned a variety of gear from Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Leica but now I’ve changed allegiances (once again) and am now shooting with a Sony A7RII and Zeiss primes.
Yes it’s still a soulless lump of electronics compared to my preferred arsenal of film cameras (Hasselblad, Rollei, Mamiya, Nikon and Leica, just to name a few of my favourites) however when it comes to the final result it’s a mighty impressive soulless lump. Just wish I’d bought one sooner rather than faffing around with other digital lumps.
2017 – A return to film
Over the last few months I have somewhat abandoned my digital camera gear and have been shooting exclusively on film. I’m not a new convert to film having shot with it for as long as I have with digital however not nearly as much and this will be why most of the work you will see in my archives has been captured digitally.
So what has changed and prompted this move… it’s perhaps a little hard to explain and comes down to motivation and a lack of it at times. Digital cameras leave me feeling cold I find it hard to treat them as anything more than a tool however film cameras I see in a different light, they have a soul and a personality of their own. I find it enjoyable to shoot with them, yes the workflow is often more complicated and you don’t get that instant satisfaction that you have captured what you set out to do but it is this process that I feel increased my enjoyment. It is no longer just about the final picture but the journey and process that lead to it, I realise this doesn’t alter a viewers perception of a given photograph however at the end of the day as I have always said I take photos that I want to take and if others like them that is a plus.
Various cameras and film have been used to make these photos, the square ones were shot on either a Hasselblad 500CM or a Mamiya 6 rangefinder, there is a bit of 35mm thrown in and the panoramic images were shot on a Hasselblad Xpan or a Russian swing lens camera known as a Horizon S3. I’ve long been a fan of panoramic images and while quite a few appear in my archives some were cropped and others made with multiple images so it is nice to shoot and compose a single frame in this ratio.
Wet Plate Cameras
If you were looking for my wet plate cameras these can now be found on a dedicated website… http://vocecameras.com