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Future Tense

Future Tense is a sequence of 31 pictures that I have made over the last few years. The pictures are presented in a hand made concertina style book, with surface sculpted cover, and a series of cut outs. Like my previous books, Future Tense took the best part of two days to construct and complete, and this is without the time spent selecting, preparing, printing, and sequencing. But it is good to see the images working as a set, in what feels like their natural home. [...]

Teesdale Sheep Show

For many years Teesdale has been one of my favourite parts of England, and at the end of September I was lucky enough to visit what I consider to be a “proper” country show, one without all the commercial baggage that accompanies so many nowadays.

The Langdon Beck Sheep Show, which at one point [...]

Sheep, Cows, and 18lb Onions

The end of harvest brings a host of agricultural shows to the English countryside. These events are steeped in tradition and often boast long histories, and are an integral part of many rural communities. They’re a time to show off livestock, dogs, horses, huge prize-vegetables, home baking, and to meet old friends and neighbours. Quintessentially English and quirky to boot. [...]

Leica Camera Blog

I am delighted to have written a guest blog piece for Leica  http://www.leica.com/

The post explains a little bit about my background, my approach to photography, and why my subject matter has changed so much over the last couple of years.

It can be viewed at http://blog.leica-camera.com/guest-blog-posts/roger-coulam-the-gift-of-a-leica/ so please take a look and and [...]

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Many thanks to Elaine for pointing out to me that a previous video post relating to the great Henri Cartier-Bresson has stopped working. So here are some links to another one entitled “L’amour Tout Court” (“Just Plain Love”)

It was directed in 2001 by Raphaël O’Byrne, and was produced by Film à Lou, and [...]

William Klein

“Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn’t look like somebody else’s work.” William Klein “I used the wide-angle lens as a normal lens. I had no philosophy about it. When I looked in the viewfinder and realized I could see all the contradictions and confusion that was there with the wide-angle — that was what was great… I’d had a Rolleiflex with different lenses, I wouldn’t have cropped that much. I had no compunction about cropping, because I did my own layouts…[And] I’d use anything in printing. Throw cyanide, white out over things. I approached photography a little bit like a painter would play with a lithograph, fooling around, pouring milk, tea, anything on it. It was the sort of thing that anybody with any sort of strict, classic photographic training would have qualms about. But I had no qualms at all about doing things with photography. First of all, I had no knowledge of it, and I couldn’t care less, because I thought the whole photographic world was alien.” William Klein (via Lens Culture) [...]

Trent Parke

Great pictures from Trent Parke [...]

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 [...]

Playing the Averages

I have found nothing in the world of digital photography that can match that moment when you hold up a sheet of negatives or transparencies to the light. With the sun behind it a correctly exposed large or medium format colour transparency gleams like some sort of polished stained glass window. At that moment you instinctively know how good they are, and which ones are worth printing or scanning. The very best pictures stand in a way that has never been repeated when I chimp at a LCD screen on the back of a digital camera. A histogram just does not do it for me! [...]

Black & White Spider Awards

I am pleased to have four photographs nominated in the finals of this years Black & White Spider Awards http://www.thespiderawards.com

Sadly none of the pictures made the final three in their categories, but it’s good to have all the pictures that I entered make it so far in the competition.

A silver gelatin photogram [...]

Rules Are There To Be Broken

I have found that the so called “rules” of photography can often be challenged, and then with a little thought, can be ignored. Experience has taught me that there really are no cast iron rules in photography, and I am convinced that half the time they are merely invented by writers to fill up [...]

Serendipity

Recently I have found myself in a period during which I am evaluating everything I have made over the three years; being very self critical, endlessly going back over my notebooks, researching, and searching again for the things that really inspire me.

Balancing commercial and personal projects is essential for most photographers, but the [...]

Thomas Joshua Cooper

I recently attended an inspiring talk by the unique artist Thomas Joshua Cooper, who is regarded as one of the world’s most important landscape artists. The event was organised by the North East Photography Network http://www.northeastphoto.net/

Thomas only makes images outdoors, only ever makes one image in any one place, and uses an Agfa [...]

A Cat and a Man in a Hat

In the interest of sharing with, and also in scaring everyone who owns a Leica MP, this is what happens when the shutter breaks.

I was shocked when a processed film showed random lines throughout and light bleeding all over, and then oddly the next film was fine. I was more shocked when I [...]

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, [...]