Open, and settled....

So here I am, open and settled in. LOVING my new little space in the heart of Hampstead. I opened on 1st October, but had quite a lot to sort out and officially opened probably about a week ago. Finishing all the little details and tweaks….

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Lots of people have been stopping in to see what’s here and what’s going on, the vibe has been positive and only good things said.

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So what’s here? Well, I have a few different collections, firstly, the AE250, ‘Artist Edition 250’ basically images of musicians on and off stage in an edition of 250 in various sizes, A4 up to A0. Find who you like here, from Amy Winehouse to Iggy Pop, if you can’t find what you like, ask, and I probably have it in my archive, just not printed yet.

The collection named ID500 are what I see every day, captured on whatever digital device I have at hand. These images are then digitally printed and displayed for you in either print form, A4 up to A2, and also, excitingly, greeting cards! Yes, you can buy them in the form of a quaint little card, to give to a friend for some special occasion. Christmas is coming up….. Maybe go for ‘Bad Santatrooper’ he likes a drink……

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My top range of prints are special. Very Special. These days I photograph mainly on black and white film, like they did in the old days, I then develop the films myself, and print from the negatives by hand in a darkroom, like you see in films, when a photographer is developing a print only to see in the appearing image, a crime caught in the act…. ANYWAY… I haven’t caught a crime in the act in any of my images, my images are just lovely moments in time captured forever and printed lovingly by hand for you to hang on the wall and show off to anyone who visits you…. Well that’s how I see it. They are lovely prints though, and lovely images. All are very limited in editions, maximum of 50 prints per image available in different sizes.

As I progress I will be taking on other photographers prints, these will be displayed in the section named, ‘Contributed Prints’, who knows what will be in this section… It’s exciting right!?

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Everything in the gallery is available unframed, in a mount, or framed in a display frame which is archival and acid free, I also have other various levels of framing, rising in price, ask about these when you visit.

So what are you waiting for? Come and visit me! I’ll be having a late night opening on Thursdays in December, AND a Saturday special opening to celebrate the gallery sometime in November/December. If you would like to be invited or just to keep up to date with the latest news, sign up to the newsletter here, invites will be sent out to who ever’s on the list… There will be free drinks and mince pies, yes, worth the effort just for those!!!!

New to the walls...

Bringing in new work to the gallery is exciting. Either printing my own images or selecting other photographers work to display, brings happiness to the gallery and my life.

Here is a first of many, a 16x12” fibre print, hand printed and framed. Taken in Shibuya, Japan of the famous crossing in 2009. Two cyclists waiting their turn under the blazing lights of the numerous advertising hoardings.

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Testing the Halina Micro 110

About a year ago I found on ebay a small camera I thought of as a ‘spy’ camera. It was tiny, I thought it might be fun to experiment with it. I wasn’t sure what I was in for as it took 110 film. 110 film is a paper backed film housed in a plastic cartridge. Each frame is 13 mm × 17 mm in size, about a quarter the size of a 35mm frame, very small. There are 24 exposures in each cartridge. The camera itself has no controls with a fixed focus plastic lens and a single shutter and aperture. I’m guessing by the looks of the images that the lens is set at around 35-50mm.

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I bought the camera sometime early 2017. Autumn 2018 and the roll was finished, so a wide selection of images would be available in the experiment ranging from Summer, through Winter and back to Summer. I sent the cartridge off to the LomoLab. I decided on Development and scans, which once scanned would be available to me via a digital download. The negatives would arrive in the post a few days later. It said it would take 4-8 weeks for me to receive the scans and prints. This service cost me a grand total of £17. Not bad, it is after all a strange film type, and processed through the trendy LomoLab.

A few days under a month later, I received an email saying my scans were ready for downloading! An exciting start to my day.I was very interested to see what would appear from that experimental cartridge of film, if anything at all! Turns out it was a pleasant experience as all the frames at least had an image on them. So here are my favourite results and my conclusion…

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These images above are all ‘as received’ from the LomoLab.

Each scan is a jpeg 2.1mb compressed. When opened in photo editing software it shows the image size as 6.12mb and 1690 x 1266 pixels in size.

Due to the cameras very cheap and fun construction, there are some very noticeable large scratches across the frames. All part of the fun of a ‘toy’ camera.

The plastic lens performs very well, as you see the images are quite sharp, and even shooting into the sun, it provides a good image with nice flare.

I have not printed from the scans as yet, but I can see they will print to an acceptable size given that the negatives are so small, maybe even A4.

All in all I am very pleased with the camera, and I will certainly be putting more rolls through it, as it happens I already have a few colour cartridges on their way to my front door!