Shooting For: Total Ales

Some of you may know, I cohabitate with a silly man who writes about beer. That is right, gentle readers, he drinks beer - then he writes long and quite eloquent passages about its "mouth-feel" and "aroma". I can't quite work out how it happened, but it is his hobby. I take photographs, he drinks - sorry - writes about - beer.

He is actually quite good though and this month has just had a magazine that he wrote a lot of words for come out in the shops. The shops!
As we cohabitate, I am generally here when he is doing the drinking part of this hobby, so he kindly asked me to take over the photograph taking part of his blog, Total Ales.
I've only done a few so far, but its quite fun.  Sometimes, he even lets me drink the beer. I'm looking forward to seeing how many creative ways one can take photographs of beer - hopefully I'll get to go on some interesting day trips (pub crawls) in the future.
If you like "craft beers", you can follow Matthew on Twitter, Instagram and of course, enjoy my photographs whilst reading his blog. The magazine he contributed to (pictured above) is available in paper form from WH Smith and digitally online.

Bruges, in Black and White.

One of the few downsides of shooting on black and white film, is that unless you process it at home yourself (which I have dabbled in, and frankly do not have time to do properly) its jolly well expensive to get processed. As a result, you may notice recently, I have about 3+ years worth of black and white film in my fridge that needs processing, and I've only just found somewhere I like to send it off to for processing.

Which is the story of why I am posting photographs from my trip to Bruges in June, 2012 on my blog, basically 2 full years later.
When I initially returned from Bruges, and basically every time I have spoken about it since, I find myself talking about how much I didn't enjoy it much (too many tourists, got a bit bored of Jesus, cried whilst eating a rabbit, fuckin' alcoves) but looking at these I am given a fresh perspective. Something about black and white film suits Bruges, something about these photographs is making me think, oh it was quite lovely really wasn't it.
I have found myself remembering the lovely parts of our trip. The picnic by the lake, waffles for breakfast every day, the tiny cups of European coffee, cherry beer, watching Hercules dubbed in Flemish.
I wish I had shot more on black and white film.

You can see more of my colour shots from Bruges here, here and a rather wonderful cemetery tour here.

mysteries

Is this a sunset, or did my camera just go off in my bag? Taken with my Yashica TL Electro sometime in 2012.

Cemetery Tour - St Pancras Old Church.

St Pancras Old Church has been the site of Christian worship since the 4th century. The churchyard was used as a place of burial until 150 years ago, when tombs and graves where exhumed and moved to make way for railways by that Victorian lot. The tombstones were all plonked against the base of a near-by tree, which has since grown to surround said tombstones. Its known as The Hardy Tree and I decided to pop down and visit one weekend when I was in the area.
I loved this beautiful, old churchyard, situated out the back of St Pancras train station in one of those quiet spots that makes you feel like you have discovered some secret hidden in the otherwise busy city of London town. Its always slightly magical to stumble upon these places.
Particularly when you notice the Hardy Tree. Grey tombstones tucked in the embrace of a beautiful old tree, laden with floral offerings and fallen Autumn leaves which reminded me of the shrines my sister and I would make when we were young, pretending they were left by fairies.
I couldn't help but wonder if there was some wild group of teenagers lurking about, leaving these bundles of flowers and drinking cider when the churchyard is otherwise closed in the evenings.
You can read more on the churchyard and the history of the Hardy Tree on the official St Pancras Old Church website.
These photographs were all taken on a rainy November afternoon with my Canon EOS5000 using Kodak Ektar 35mm film. You can see more cemetery tours here.

trying to catch a wind farm

Always trying.

Shot on the way to Scotland, April 2012.

catch up

Hello Monday! I haven't done one of these in a while, but I have seen lots of good things on the internet lately and would like to share them.

~ I watched the Grand Budapest Hotel and it affected me in a strange way - it made me see the world in a different way and want to take better photographs of more beautiful things. This post on Germany's Real-Life Grand Budapest Hotel has inspired me all over again, weeks after seeing the film. Hey does anyone want to go to random towns in the middle of nowhere in Germany? Lets go.
~ These icebergs. I just cannot.
~ While in New Zealand I was exposed to a lot of Lorde. I otherwise hadn't given her much thought at all but her album is amazing and I can't stop listening to this song and wishing I was 16.
~ I have been dreaming about giant moth friends ever since I saw this post on iGnant.
~ Home envy.
~ In local news, I work on top of a plague pit! All of my dreams are coming true.
~ Eternal girl crush / inspiration queen Alice Forestbound kills it again.
~ I've discovered the photographs of Jordan Carroll via the Instagram and I love her photographs of girls with sass, this one is my favourite.
~ If you fancy losing yourself in some photographs for a while, look no further.
~ Oh Kate Miss is there anything you can't do? These postcards are delightful, and this post On Smiling changed my week. I hope reading it changes your week too. Since reading it I've noticed myself acknowledging when a stranger flashes me a smile, and enjoying smiling back. Love a good smile.
~ Sophie wrote some nice things about me and other nice people on her blog, The Private Life of a Girl.

Told you there was lots to catch up on. I've also started using Bloglovin' as a reader, you can follow me here and of course, this blog here.

Oh and I've started my tumblr back up again, which I will use more than my facebook to share new things/projects/work so you should tune in.

backs of houses

A collection of angles, shot with my Yashica TL Electro X in January 2014.