Sublimely Ridiculous

The end of July marked the 12th year that I have photographed at the Sunderland International Airshow. I have been doing it long enough now that changes in fashion are becoming evident in my pictures – mobile phones began to appear everywhere, haircuts changed, and this year beards appeared for the first time. Perhaps [...]

Sun, Chips, and Machine Guns

The annual Sunderland Airshow happens every July, over the beach and ocean within a half a mile of my home. So it would have been rude not to go out and make some photographs! As normal the event delivered a unique mix of spectacle, consumerism, and violence, with the sunshine ensuring the promenades and fairgrounds were all packed. Many tonnes of chips and ice cream was consumed by all. [...]

English Leisure

Leica MP – TMax 400

There are hints of English oddness in these pictures. I particuarly like the fairground picture which seems to show the people moving at speed, however it was merely a biting westerly wind blowing their hair. It also seems to show the contradictions of such places, with garish sexist [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 2

(Part One of this post is http://www.rogercoulam.com/blog/2011/01/escaping-the-digital-straight-jacket-part-one/)

Freeing myself from my tripod (and medium format) was mentally difficult but very liberating, and finding a balance between image quality and being able to take pictures quickly and spontaneously, (without too much thought), is an ongoing battle.

I dispensed with digital early in the project because [...]

Escaping the Digital Straight Jacket – Pt 1

Over the last year I have been working on a new body of pictures, which can be loosely classed as street photography.

My work was being completely dictated by my clients, and I invariably shot a certain type of picture for a certain marketplace. This stunted my creativity and almost stopped me making pictures, [...]