Friday, 26 February 2010

Owen Pallett

To move the tone away from sad things, I had the great pleasure of meeting the lovely Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) towards the end of last year for a shoot for The Stool Pigeon. The wonderful people at Domino were fantastic as always and were brilliant in showing me into a disused office space next door to their own offices where I decided to take a few snaps... Admittedly the sunlight was VERY strong so making the overall image very contrasty (a fucker to print I'm sure), but I liked it.

You can listen to Owen's beautiful music here:

Golden Lane lady

Not to continue with the theme of death but I just wanted to dedicate this photo/post to the little old lady who lived on my estate who passed away recently. She always had an eye (and clear appreciation) for the young indie lads I happen to know and always made sure she wore a good high heeled shoe when she could. She'd feed the pigeons most days (not to everyone's liking apparently) and occasionally gave me a very beautiful smile. I was sad to hear today that she's gone.

(the above diptych was taken on my Mamiya RZ on slide film xpro where I live)

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Gladys Moss

Today, was my nan's funeral.

On the day of her death, I walked around 3 Buxton Court where I took these photos.

They are nothing much to look at but with their familiar paths tread in my mind's eye, they mean something to me.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

There's more to life than books y'know, but not much more...

A wonderful project I am honoured to be helping out on. Photos by me (unless otherwise stated), words by Dan Richards.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Girls on tour (Krakow, Poland)

In the New Year, me and three lovely ladies (Kate, Annette and Nicola) donned our thermals and headed to Krakow to drink lots of good vodka, eat lots of cake and hang out in Krakow's uber cool Jewish Quarter, Kazimierz.

Bars/cafes I would thoroughly recommend are Singer (dark, candle lit and open late, all tables are made from the old Singer sewing machines. Definitely not a tourist spot, so drink beer or your vodka straight unless you speak Polish...), Cafe Mlynek (vegetarian place for food, coffees and drinks. With friendly staff who serve the finest honey latte and pesto and mozarella sandwich I've ever tasted...the pierogi was pretty damn good too - shit, I'm missing this place already), Arenda restaurant (OH MY GOD, ONE OF THE BEST MEALS I'VE HAD IN A LONG WHILE!), Club Lubu Dubu (great place for a night out, even on a Sunday!). We went to a nice bar that played The XX but sadly can't remember what that was called (possibly Propaganda?).

On our last night we had dinner in a very quiet and rather strange authentic Polish restaurant. When we entered the dimly lit restaurant you felt like you were walking into a eastern european period drama. The place was completely empty, apart from two wizened old men who were engrossed in playing (beautifully I hasten to add) a endless duet on violin and piano (we were there for a good 2 hours and they were playing as we left with no sign of stopping), thankfully completely oblivious to our presence, whilst two smiley girls in tradition garb stood awkwardly in the empty dining room. Food was good, service was lovely but the taxidermy that proceeded our entrance, strange.

Anyhoo my photos are thus:
(all shots taken on 35mm slide film then cross-processed on my LC-A+)

I urge everyone to go. We all had a really lovely time.. and brought back a fair few bottles of vodka.