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 [...]

3 Days in Burgerland

Roger Coulam’s new collection of photographs were made during the three days of the 2013 Sunderland Airshow. They provide a different perspective on this huge public event which is now in it’s 25th year. [...]


Some pictures of the patchwork of the urban environment, made on walks around Sunderland, South Shields, and Newcastle upon Tyne. Also details of my latest artists book, containing pictures from my Burgers & B52s series, photographed at the Sunderland Airshow over the past few years. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]