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Analog Photography

Digital photography didn't exist when my interest in taking pictures begun. I was 16 when my parents got me a second hand Zenit 11 and in order to get my head around it, I enrolled in photography workshops where l learned the basics of an SLR as well as how to develop negatives and prints. My first digital camera was a Nikon D40 which I got on sale in 2009, and I've been shooting digital ever since. I love it, I enjoy its flexibility, the control it gives over your files and the retouching process and how much faster your overall workflow can be thanks to modern technology.

Having said that, I've been missing shooting analog for some time. I feel like I second guessed myself less when I shot film and was more confident in my abilities. Admittedly, I was a teenager then and that might've simply been the arrogance/ignorance of youth rather than confidence, but I felt drawn back to the days of shooting analog nevertheless. You can get really snap-happy with digital just because you can, rather than because you need each frame, so I wanted to remind myself of the discipline of shooting film where each shutter pressing matters, and where you don’t have the digital LCD screen on the back of your camera to double check the exposure. And so a couple of years ago I got a Canon AE-1 (with a 50mm f1.8 lens) on eBay and started shooting analog again. Not for commissioned stuff, cause that would be a commercial suicide, but for personal projects, behind the scenes shots, friends and such. I've tried different films and fell back in love with Kodak (duh!) which is what I used to shoot all my black & white stuff on back in the 90s.

I don’t develop my own film or prints these days as I don’t have the time and, to be perfectly honest, don’t think I’d have the patience anymore. I’ve been using DS Colour Labs for that and they’ve been great. All in all, it’s been an educational and interesting return to basics for me, if frustrating at times. I’ve realised I shoot differently on analog, I even tend to frame images in a different way than on digital. Conversely, I’m definitely not as trigger-happy when working with a digital camera now. I’ve actually got a couple of bigger 100% analog projects lined up at the moment and I’m dying to get a Rolleiflex and try shooting medium format but for the time being here are a few images taken on film over the past couple of years:

Hello 2018

Had a super quiet New Year with friends in Otter Ferry and now it's back to Glasgow and back to work. Happily though, I have to say, as I always get a bit lost during the festive season - sitting on the couch, stuffing your face and doing nothing is fun for a day or two but after that, I start getting antsy. So here we are, another year over and below are some of my favourite images I took in 2017. Hope you like them too.

Govanhill Baths Editorial, January 2017

Govanhill Baths Editorial, January 2017

I’ll Be Your Mirror, February 2017

I’ll Be Your Mirror, February 2017

Laura Hurst, April 2017

Laura Hurst, April 2017

The Dolls, April 2017

The Dolls, April 2017

Caezar, May 2017

Caezar, May 2017

Rory Hutton, June 2017

Rory Hutton, June 2017

Sandie Robertson, June 2017

Sandie Robertson, June 2017

Stuart Cosgrove, July 2017

Stuart Cosgrove, July 2017

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay "Bare Knuckle" Album Cover, August 2017

Chris Stout & Catriona McKay "Bare Knuckle" Album Cover, August 2017

Nicole Caldwell, September 2017

Nicole Caldwell, September 2017

Colin Gavigan, October 2017

Colin Gavigan, October 2017

Rosie Noon, Designer photographed for Nu Blvck, November 2017

Rosie Noon, Designer photographed for Nu Blvck, November 2017

The Eves, December 2017

The Eves, December 2017

And for my own future reference more than anything else,
my favourite music of 2017 (in no particular order):

ALBUMS:

Margo Price "All American Made"

Tove Lo "Blue Lips"

Dua Lipa "Dua Lipa"

Lorde "Melodrama"

Pink "Beautiful Trauma"

Betty Who "The Valley"

Madonna "Rebel Heart Tour Live"

Stout & McKay "Bare Knuckle"

Lana Del Rey "Lust For Life"

Drake "More Life"

SONGS

Sigrid "Strangers"

Tove Lo "Disco Tits"

Dua Lipa "IDGAF"

Lorde "Green Light"

Pink "Beautiful Trauma"

Taylor Swift "Don't Blame Me"

Selena Gomez "Bad Liar"

Charli XCX "Boys"

Lana Del Rey "Love"

Fergie "Tension"

Radio Pulse Interview 2017

It was over a year ago that Diana Schad interviewed me for Radio Pulse on her Night Nurse music show. Being the only non-musician to ever be featured on the show I was surprised (and delighted!) to be invited back last month. Listen below for more talk about photography; which magazine I'd like to have my work featured in; travelling in Scotland, my music choices and more:

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Nicole Caldwell

You may have seen Nicole Caldwell belting out "Purple Rain" on the X-Factor recently. I've been a fan of her voice ever since I've heard her perform with Soul Nation Choir a few years ago. Being able to finally work with Nicole on her very first photoshoot as a solo artist was a great opportunity. And a lot of fun! The brief was "bohemian/hippie/natural" so off we went last month to Mugdock Country Park (one of my favourite places to shoot) with Caroline Stewart on makeup duties and spent an evening walking about, laughing and talking nonsense. Oh yes, and we took some photos too. Enjoy!

PS. Big thanks to David for all the help!

Sandie Robertson

Sandie Robertson is a trainer and wellness coach whom I photographed several times in the past years. Gearing up for another photo shoot earlier this summer, Sandie decided to go beyond the usual headshot/portrait photos we had done in the past - the ever-brilliant I'll Be Your Mirror was asked to help with styling the session and Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton was chosen for its location. Given Sandie's background in all things equestrian (both as a show jumper and now as an equestrian confidence and performance coach) and her past career as a model it all made sense. Results below:

Photography: Kris Kesiak
Styling: I'll Be Your Mirror
Hair & Make Up: Caroline McKeirnan
Clothes: Finery, Whistles, Jaeger, ChloéJigsaw, The Kooples, Kurt Geiger