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. [...]

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 [...]

Garry Winogrand

Here are two videos full of insights from Garry Winogrand, the legendary and prolific street photographer.

Winogrand died in 1984 and left behind nearly 300,000 unedited images, and more than 2,500 undeveloped rolls of film.

“I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.” G.W

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) [...]

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 [...]

Travelling Light

After years of carrying around a huge backpack loaded with lots of things I “might need,” I have spent more time recently travelling around on foot with the minimum of equipment.

A year ago I made a conscious effort to carry only one (film) camera on any trip, nothing else, and generally would select [...]

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, [...]