This site is a personal project. Each month I assemble 36 of my photographs — a virtual roll of film — drawn from snapshots I've taken while walking the street. My aesthetic is black and white, mostly shot on Tri-X film using Leica cameras, and inspired by great photographers like Louis Stettner, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand and Robert Frank.
The subject matter is the urban environment: the people, places, and things that form part of daily life; the unobserved elements and interactions that mark the presence of people and say something about their lives.
I'm interested in surreal moments; the interchange of light and shade; the confluence of events that pass in a split second, and can be noticed by the observant eye and preserved with the camera.
A quick glance, a twist of the focusing ring, an adjustment of the aperture; the shutter is released for a thousandth of a second. The challenge is to balance timing of the shot with fluid motion. It's a brief dance and a blink of an eye.
Not really. For it to be documentary, I would have to have a point of view and a purpose in the pictures I make. As it happens, I have neither - I simply wander with my camera and take pictures that look interesting to me.
Sometimes I may be in interesting places, or capture moments that would work in a documentary context, but it's all done without agenda.
In terms of this project I shoot mainly for myself.
I'm happy if other people like my work, but that's not what drives me. Photography gives me a lot of pleasure, and is a means to exercise my creativity. I didn't actually take it seriously until I was in my 30's so in many ways I'm making up for lost time.
Outside of this project I'm a documentary photographer based out of London.
Mostly old film cameras that are fully manual and mechanical.
The majority of the work in this site was made with a Leica M6 or M7, although I also use a 1981 Canon AE-1 and a 1977 Fujica ST-705 from time to time. My preferred film stock is Tri-X, TMZ or Delta. Much of the work here is shot with Tri-X because I like its latitude and the look of the finished print.
For the most part I've steered away from digital, even though it would be easier in many ways. Instead I develop the film in my kitchen, scan it in my lounge and process it on my laptop. It's a lot of effort, but I like it.
Basically, wherever I happen to be. The majority of the images here are from London since it's where I live, but I've made street photos in other cities when I've travelled - including Berlin, Hamburg, Paris and Barcelona over the last year or two. I always have a camera wherever I go.