After diddling around with some low budget black and white films recently, Fomapan, Efke and Kentmere, none of which I found to be especially different to one another, I decided to order a couple of rolls of Ferrania P30. This classic Italian film, newly resurrected from the dead, has had lots of publicity in the […]Read more "Ferrania P30: My First Failed Go"
London is experiencing a particularly colourful Spring this year, with lots of beautiful bloom everywhere you care to look. As a quick mini lockdown project, I thought it would be fun to take out my Nikon D750 on one of our daily exercise walks around Wormwood Scrubs. Rather than using a regular nifty-fifty Nikkor, I […]Read more "Helios 44-2 on the Nikon D750: A Quick Turn Around the Scrubs"
Many weeks ago, in a time before The Virus, and before The Lockdown, I went on a non-socially distant walk with my mate David, taking in the Grand Union Canal from Kensal Town to Primrose Hill. As is often the case on these occasions, I wanted to take a camera with me. I’d been rooting […]Read more "Along the Canal to Primrose Hill with the Rollei 35 LED and Kentmere 400"
Last week, on a damp, grey and dreary day, I decided to take a camera for walk around the Royal Docks with my mate Daniel. Starting from Barrier Park and we worked our way towards the North Woolwich Pier Head and onto Gallions Point before finishing at the University of East London campus at Cyprus […]Read more "A Photowalk Around the Royal Docks"
In the late 1990’s my parents came home from a car boot sale with a bright yellow box that looked like it had just been taken off the camera store shelf. It was immaculate. Inside was a Kodak Brownie 127 Model 2 camera, dating from around 1960. Its wrist strap was still wound up and […]Read more "A 60 Year Old Kodak Camera Takes its First Photograph"
In mid August a group of friends and I decided to take ourselves out for a photo-walk along Section 14 of the Capital Ring, the 78 mile circular walking route around London. I decided to take my Zenit TTL along with me as it had been a while since I used it and I wanted […]Read more "Section 14 of the Capital Ring: Hackney Wick to Beckton (and beyond!) with the Zenit TTL, Helios 44M, Jupiter Auto 135mm and Lomography Earl Grey film"
Yesterday me and a few friends were supposed to be braving the drizzle and going off for a walk around Guildford and Box Hill, but arriving at Waterloo we found autumnal weather (!) had sabotaged South West Trains services, so a quick re-think on our destination was required. Having previously researched near-London walks, I remembered […]Read more "Autumnal Walk on the Oak Trail"
On the back of my last post about the rarely-used-in-passenger-service Primrose Hill link on the Overground, I was doing some reading about this railway and came across the fact that my local station, Kensal Green, was opened on 1st October 1916. “That means the 100th anniversary is only a couple of days away!” I thought to myself. […]Read more "Kensal Green Station at 100"
For the last couple of weekends one of my favourite transport-works related diversions took place once again. Overground trains ran a route that appears on no official TfL maps, traversing North London by straddling two of the orange lines that most wouldn’t think linked. Yep, I’m talking about the lesser-spotted Willesden Junction to Stratford service, going via Queen’s […]Read more "London Overground Goes Off the Rails"
This post combines several of my favourite things – old black and white films, local history, social history, and photography. The 1949 Ealing Studios film The Blue Lamp (the film that invented Dixon of Dock Green) recently played out on the TV, and having never seen it before I was excited when I noticed many of the locations […]Read more "“The Blue Lamp”: West London Then & Now"