December in Black and White

The title is not exactly true. This series was shot all through November, December and January. I worked in black and white because I think that, whereas a colour photograph is often real and immersive, a monochrome frame brings out a distinct otherness. It’s still real, but it is more honest that it is a representation of the real. You can be drawn in, but never get too close, as though a sheen has been drawn across reality.  December represents the end of the year, but also the end of a lot of other things that are important to me. I see it as perfect that I decided long before, unaware, to use this format. December was some kind of full stop, or maybe an ellipsis.

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St Nicholas Market, Bristol (F) Ilford XP2
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Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford XP2

 

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Climbing stairs, with Joseph – Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford HP5+
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Bath Spa University, Newton Park (F) Ilford XP2
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Terrace Walk, Bath (F) Ilford HP5+
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Cocoa and magazines – Cafe W, Bath (F) Ilford XP2
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Kingsmead Square, Bath (F) Ilford XP2

Ben Franks Wine Tasting

A friend of mine called Ben Franks has graduated this year, and his great project that he is nurturing is wine tasting. He has started running these evenings, and a few privileged friends got to have a private tasting. I entered as someone who enjoys a glass of wine, but certainly had limited knowledge of the culture and procedures around it. Winding our way through Victoria Park, we came to a large old house, and climbed to the top floor where we were met by Ben, and led into an open dining area.

The table was neatly laid out with three glasses per place. The group sat talking and introducing themselves.
Everyone was given a space to sit, in front of the large oval table. In the middle were four un-opened bottles and a spittoon. (F) Fuji Superia
The table was neatly laid out with three glasses per place.
Everything was neatly laid out with three glasses per place, and a slip for taking notes on the wines. (F) Fuji Superia
After explaining how to test a glass of wine, and how to discern its subtle nuances, we started by tasting a rosé.
After explaining how to test a glass of wine, and how to discern its subtle nuances, we started by tasting a Rosé. (F) Fuji Superia
It was exciting to get into the tasting and apply the newly learned technique. We had one glass which we had to use for Rosé, one for White, and one for Red wine.
It was exciting to get into the tasting and apply the newly learned technique. (F) Fuji Superia
We had one glass which we had to use for Rosé, one for White, and one for Red wine, so that the respective flavours of the wines would not interfere with each other. To the same end, we ate bread between bottles.
We had one glass which we had to use for Rosé, one for White, and one for Red wine, so that the respective flavours of the wines would not interfere with each other. To the same end, we ate bread between bottles. (F) Fuji Superia
We started off by tasting Rosé, then moved on to white wines.
After tasting the Rosé, we moved on to white wines. (F) Fuji Superia
The way in which a wine is poured from the bottle is important; it contributes to the flavour and the aroma.
The way in which a wine is poured from the bottle is important; it contributes to the flavour and the aroma. (F) Fuji Superia
Writing notes on the individual characteristics of a white glass of wine.
Writing notes on the individual characteristics of a white glass of wine. (F) Fuji Superia
As we got on to the red wines, the atmosphere was  becoming more social.
As we got on to the red wines, the atmosphere was becoming more social. (F) Fuji Superia
The red wines were a completing highlight of the evening, and rounded off a great night of socialising, learning and sharing in an appreciation of the grape.
The red wines were a highlight of the evening. They rounded off a great night of socialising, learning and sharing in an appreciation of the grape. (F) Fuji Superia
Ben did a good job of selecting the bottles we enjoyed and sharing some of his knowledge about the art of wine drinking. For further information visit: benfrankswine.com
Ben Franks did a good job of selecting the bottles we enjoyed and sharing some of his knowledge about the art of wine drinking. For further information visit: benfrankswine.com (F) Fuji Superia

Profile: Madison

Madison has been featured in periphery a few times on this blog and my instagram feed. As flat mates at University, we spend a lot of time hanging out together, and get along really well; something to do with a mutual appreciation of one another’s sardonic sense of humour, I think. That being said, I wanted to open up this blog to a bit more portraiture and what greater place to start than with a very close friend.

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(F) Kodak Portra

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(F) Kodak Portra
(F) Kodak Portra

Snippet: Coffee and Tennis

One overcast afternoon, me and Madison were in the city. We were aimlessly strolling with the intention of eventually finding our way to a tennis court for a game. The mood seemed to match the thick cloud which enveloped the sky, rolling swiftly past and intermittently dampening everything with light rain.

Having walked past this place a thousand times, curiosity led is into The Forum Coffee House on St. James Parade, Bath.
Having walked past this place a thousand times, curiosity led is into The Forum Coffee House on St. James Parade, Bath.

 

It seemed necessary to give the coffee a test, and the results were more than agreeable; smooth and rich.
It seemed necessary to give the coffee a test, and the results were more than agreeable; smooth and rich.
Sitting at the window, this is a good spot to sit and people watch as they drift past. The staff were very friendly, with a noticeably good attitude, which always makes a difference.
Sitting at the window, this is a good spot to sit and people watch as they drift past. The staff were very friendly, with a noticeably good attitude, which always makes a difference.
Madi was underwhelmed by her Elderflower Pressé, and remarked that this was a place where people come to 'work on their app businesses'. The crowd had a notable portion of hip Asian students.
Madi was underwhelmed by her Elderflower Pressé, remarking that this was a place where people came to ‘work on their app businesses’. The crowd had a notable portion of hip Asian students.
We walked to the tennis courts. Since I have been running and playing tennis of late, these Vans have not been cut out for the job.
We walked to the tennis courts. Since I have been running and playing tennis of late, these Vans have not been cut out for the job.
I got a pair of Karrimor Tempo 3 running shoes to fit the purpose.
I got a pair of Karrimor Tempo 3 running shoes to fit the purpose.

 

The game was just what we both needed to wake up.  The new shoes were very comfortable, and made playing far more enjoyable.
The game was just what we both needed to wake up. The new shoes were very comfortable, and made playing far more enjoyable.

Snippet: Bread in the Afternoon

There are some things that just can’t go missing from my life for any extended period. Fresh bread is certainly one of them, and Rye bread has always hit a primal cord with me; something about the aroma of the flour, and the flavour. I set forth with friend Shannen in tow, to find somewhere to pick a loaf up.

We discovered a trim little bakery called The Thoughtful Bread Co.
We discovered a trim little bakery called The Thoughtful Bread Co. based on Barton Street, in Bath.
Truth emanates from the heart of this little operation, and is manifest in the invitingly warm scent that drew us in. As light flooded in, I could tell that the breads made here are an artisanal outlet for the bakers.
Truth emanates from the heart of this little operation, and is manifest in the invitingly warm scent that drew us in. As light flooded the store, I could tell that the breads made here are an artisanal outlet for the bakers.
Spurred by the prospect of eating such fresh bread, we  ventured up the hill and past the Circus towards the heights of Lansdown.
Spurred by the prospect of eating such fresh bread, we ventured up the hill and past the Circus towards the heights of Lansdown.
Looping down through Hedgemead Park, we found ourselves on the seemingly choreographed whoosh of Walcott Street, where a Prunus was flourishing.
Looping down through Hedgemead Park, we found ourselves on the seemingly choreographed whoosh of Walcott Street, where a Prunus was flourishing.

A Story In Photos: Get Local

Spring is here, there is an air of life in the air, a call to action to go outside and embrace the warmer weather that surely must be coming. What greater way to fulfil this than to walk the local environment. Accompanied by a great friend of mine Madison, we set out to wonder, and to find some local food.

The snowdrops radiate like little bursts of life.
The snowdrops radiate like little bursts of life.
Madison by the wall.
Madison by the wall.
The place is Newton St. Loe, within easy walking distance of my university campus.
The place is Newton St. Loe, within easy walking distance of my university campus.
Newton farm shop; the definition of local.
Newton farm shop is the definition of local.
The shop has an extensive stock of local and organic wines and ciders.
The shop has an extensive stock of local and organic wines and ciders.
We found provisions. You get the impression that the cashier would know where almost anything in the shop has come from, none of it will have travelled far.
We found provisions. You get the impression that the cashier would know where almost anything in the shop has come from, none of it will have travelled far.
Adorable new-born piglets complete the experience.
Adorable new-born piglets complete the experience.

A Story In Photos: Three Weeks Spent at Home

This is a little diary of the things that took place on a trip back home to leafy Sussex over the Easter period past. It was great to have some peace time, to integrate everything that has been happening. Everything was very familiar, very comfortable.

Exploring boots, they were to get progressively muddier each time they were worn.
Exploring boots, they were to get progressively muddier each time they were worn.
Open places like this tug at you through the brush.
Open ground tugs at you through the brush.
Spots like this, which hold a lingering sense of the occult.
Spaces with a lingering sense of the occult.
Spires point into the haze.
Spires point into the haze.
Tracing steps to the sea with an old friend.
Tracing steps to the sea with an old friend.
We took photographs.
We took photographs.
Walking with my brother.
Walking with my brother.
Climbing to the top of the hill.
Climbing to the top of the hill.