Resolutions 2014

Happy New Year to everyone, I hope 2014 is a good one for you all. We had a wonderful Christmas and New Year with our son and shared his first festivities with family.


Another year and another set of resolutions. I've been making them since 2010 when I resolved to get back into a form of art, something that I had left behind in the late nineties. That was when photography raised it's head again. Since then I have made resolutions that tie into photography to direct what I'm doing, except for last year when becoming a Father seemed like a big enough challenge to set myself. 2014 is here now and I've been thinking lots about what I want to achieve in photography.


Looking at 2013, my first resolution has to be to shoot more - it might seem like a simple resolution but, outside of my DSLR, I really didn't shoot much at all. I made a large format pinhole camera but never really experimented with it, I was out in the field with the Bronica medium format camera but the majority of those rolls still lie undeveloped, and I made cameras to create solargraphs which I have just had the results back from. I need to get these cameras out and working, and make sure the film is developed.

What I never shot a lot of last year was 35mm. I was put off after using my Nikon F60 last Christmas and then again during our trip to London. This demand has now passed since I have a DSLR so I'm going to take my favourite 35mm camera - the Pentax SP500 - and my favourite film stock - Ilford Delta 100 - and start carrying it around in my bag as well as capturing my family.


Next up, I want to print more. Nearly two years ago I searched Gumtree looking for an enlarger that I could use to print at home. Eventually I found what I was looking for and after a 150 mile roadtrip to north of Aberdeen, I had what I wanted and lots, lots more. For the small sum of £40 I had a 75% of a darkroom and a plethora of photography books. Scouting eBay got me the rest of what I needed and I was ready to go. What I soon found was that setting up a temporary darkroom is quite a task and it took me a few attempts to get it down to a reasonable time. The truth is, it was a hassle to do and maybe one day I will be able set it all up permanently in my house.

At Christmas I decided to make a print for my wife and used my local darkroom, Stills, instead. This proved to be a quicker and far more productive time in the darkroom and I would like to do more of it.

So those are my resolutions for 2014 - shoot and print. As I said, they may seem like simple resolutions but I really want to get back into the flow of creating images and that doesn't need to be complicated

Let me know your resolutions.



Abandoned Televisions

Abandoned TVs started as a bit of fun on Instagram but has become an obsession for my walk to and from work. Rarely a week passes where I don't spot a TV at the roadside or beside a bin so I thought I'd share some of my favourites and talk a little about where I see the project going.

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The first photo I ever posted of an abandoned TV is above but it actually started before that when I spotted a TV sitting on a table with a lamp beside it at the roadside. I became interested in the idea of urban still lifes like this - objects gathered together (usually on bin collection day) at the side of the road outside of their usual surroundings - but what I actually started to notice were more and more TVs of different ages and styles.

As I said, it was a bit of fun - I started off spotting two or three a week and posting my favourites on Instagram but I have never stopped seeing them and it is fast approaching a year since I started. I don't post them all as some of them are just not interesting but I've included some of my favourites of what I do post below.

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As the project has grown I've made plans to move it into my film work - specifically my Holga as it matches how much I enjoy shooting with the Hipstamatic app on the iPhone. I've taken a few on my 35mm camera  as well which I enjoyed as it allowed me to play with depth of field but there aren't many at this stage.

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There is part of me that really likes having this on Instagram though so it will remain there for the time being, but to have this join my film work would probably please me more and I hope to have that happen in the future. Until then, if you're not following me on there already and would like to see more of this random project of mine then please feel free to add me (my username is "iainkendall") and let me know what you think.

Points Make Prizes

I've been a bit quiet recently - on here, Twitter to a degree, and definitely on Flickr - but there have been things happening in the background that I thought I would let you all in on.

Firstly, the group exhibition in May - "Two Cities" - had a prize giving night where a panel decided which photos were the best of the bunch for a handful of categories. The prizes were divided into "winner" and two "commended" slots for each category and then there was a "Viewers Choice" which was voted for through the week by visitors. If you missed the theme of the show then it was to display two photographs of Edinburgh with contrasting views of the city.

Two Cities Prizes

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I was delighted to win two "commended" prizes on the night - one for best photograph with "The National Monument" and one for best photographs that matched the theme. For me, these were two main categories - they showed your ability as a photographer and that you can curate your work adequately enough to a theme.

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Shortly after the exhibition in May I heard that The Edinburgh Sketcher, Mark Kirkham, was displaying his work at Tidalfire in Edinburgh. Tidalfire are not a gallery but a training company that specialise in Adobe products, design and coding languages. Inside their shop on St. Mary's Street (just off the Royal Mile/Canongate) they have blank walls and an empty window so they created "WoO" - the Window of Opportunity. Artists can use the space to display their work for two weeks using the walls inside and the window display. It's an opportunity I want to be part of so I will be displaying my photography there from the 22nd October until the 5th November 2012. I'll post more details as I have them.

Friends and family have been very supportive over the last year or so by promoting my work, but I also love the honesty when you need to hear it most. "Iain, you need to get some new photographs up" said Matt, my brother-in-law, and he is absolutely right. I've been shooting quite a lot over the summer, experimenting with different techniques and formats so I have a lot of black and white film still to be processed which I hope to have done soon. The summer months have had me on holiday quite a few times with my wife including visits to Bath, The Highlands, and Venice where I have shot a lot of colour film for a change. With all that I'll have plenty of photos to be sharing with you all soon.