Berlin

Last week I never posted a weekly roundup as I was on a plane flying back from Berlin. It was our first holiday abroad with our son, Noah, who is about to turn 15 months so you can imagine what my photos comprise of this week. Berlin was a wonderful city to visit and I would highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't visited.

On our first day in the city, I turned to my wife and said "I could imagine myself living here". That wasn't to say I would pack us all up and head to Berlin but I felt comfortable in most of the city, it's incredibly clean, and the public transport never missed a beat. I was at ease. This feeling of ease is incredible when you look at it's history. When you visit cities on holiday, you are often learning about things that happened hundreds of years ago that you can't really connect with, but a major part of Berlin's history existed and changed in my lifetime. I was 9 years old when the Berlin wall came down and I remember it happening although didn't understand it at all. To finally learn about that and see what it did, but also how the city has recovered in the last 25 years was incredible.

I was happy I managed to shoot a roll of film when we were there and have that to process soon. I can't wait. I also managed to get out a little this week with my large format camera and it's a process I love more as I work with it. Hopefully there will be more to come from that soon.

So here are a few of my favourite images from the last week and a bit, I hope you enjoy.

Autumn colours

Autumn colours

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

Water works

Water works

Death Strip lights

Death Strip lights

Weekly Roundup: An introduction

I've been thinking a lot recently about how I share the photographs that I make online. There are so many social networks all grasping for a piece of you these days that it's hard to remember what you joined them for and what you're trying to get across with them.

Social networks, especially of a creative nature, are a wonderful thing. We can connect with various like-minded people and those who just appreciate art. But the more we join, the more demand we put on ourselves to give them content. I have never liked duplication across social networks - linking a post from one to another with the same content. I won't lie...I've done it but every part of me has disliked it. Creating fresh new content for each of them is equally difficult and you can spread yourself thin and not really commit to any of them. I have tried recently to remain focused on what I believe each social network has to offer and that has worked well but I still struggle to justify my commitment to them.

If you have followed my work from the beginning, I started on Tumblr and posted on it for a few years before finally moving to my own website. I never closed my Tumblr account though, mainly because it has some very talented people on it and to follow their work is a joy. That said, I have also tried to restart posting to it on more than one occasion but I was soon gripped by the duplication since I was also uploading to Flickr.

So with all this whirling around in my mind, I have decided to simplify and cut the ties I no longer need. Tumblr and Flickr. I will no longer be actively posting to these sites and I'm going to refocus on my website. This leads to a new idea which I'm going to trial - Weekly Roundup. To get me out with all my cameras more, I will be rounding up four or five of my favourite images that I have made - be them film or digital, iPhone or large format - from the week and I'll start with this post which is a summary of September.

I hope you enjoy!

Evening Moon - Edinburgh

Evening Moon - Edinburgh

Noah on the move - The Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Noah on the move - The Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Rooftops to St Peter's - Rome, Italy

Rooftops to St Peter's - Rome, Italy

Noah at 14 months

Noah at 14 months

Castel Sant'Angelo - Rome, Italy

Castel Sant'Angelo - Rome, Italy

Turning of the Tide

It's been a strange summer for me this year. Certainly for the past two month I've been largely unaware of anything beyond my front door - driving through Edinburgh last month I was suddenly aware that the Fringe festival had come to an end and the unsightly billboards were gone. I don't really remember it starting. The reason for this is a 4kg bundle of joy that is our first baby. Noah joined us on the 1st August and has been keeping us busy with his own routine and sleep patterns. He's wonderful and we're so incredibly happy to have him here. 

Father & Son

Father & Son

This has meant that my photographic direction has been somewhat family orientated for the last while. I made the jump into the world of DSLRs back in June in preparation for his arrival - families are a demanding bunch - which saw that month without one frame of film exposed. This doesn't make me sad though, if anything I feel relieved. In recent years I have only ever used my iPhone as a digital camera but, as wonderful as they are, introduce it to low lit scene and you're presented with a muddy photo that you will regret in twenty years time. At Christmas I decided to move to a late nineties Nikon auto-focus film camera for family photos but three rolls of film from Christmas day alone waiting to be scanned wasn't my idea of a fun night in. It is now October and the family still haven't seen those photographs and are unlikely to any time this side of next Christmas. That is just the world we live in now - instant gratification and sharing - and I had fought it long enough. 

An Uncle and his Nieces

An Uncle and his Nieces

The purchase of my DSLR was perfectly timed for the arrival of our second niece in June so it was immediately put to work. It has been used to capture some special moments in our growing family in the last few months and it has also given me my hobby back - the part of photography I love the most - the traditional film side. With the pressure off those family occasions I am able to sit back and look at what I want to capture and in what style without someone waiting on it.

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I have had a lot of fun with the DSLR too. I took a couple of trips out in the Pentland Hills Regional Park with my film cameras and took a few images with the DSLR too, playing around with filters and settings. I also went to Newhaven harbour and played with a sunset one night. In those situations, it is really my canary down a mine shaft - it helps me see if an idea has the potential for film work.

There is an opinion that film and digital are at war and that film is dead but I've never seen it that way - they are both important in photography today. When the car became more mainstream it allowed horses to be enjoyed - we didn't stop caring and breeding them. Digital is convenient in today's World - it has paid dividends in capturing our little boy - but if you miss a more tactile approach to photography then you have film.