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. [...]
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 [...]
Areas in which the ocean meets man made “environments” are old favourites for photographers. They often have blowing sand, odd mixes of plant species, and can be empty and desolate by night, with the constantly noisy and dense black backdrop of the sea.
These pictures are part of a series of works in progress [...]
(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 [...]