… DOWNTOWN & DRIFTWOOD – new #printmag

Issue 1 cover

I’ve recently launched a new UK based print magazine – I’m looking to promote photography, photojournalism, street photography, poetry and short stories. Issue 1 is exclusively my own work: I’ve wanted, for many years, to self publish a coffee table book with my own photography and poetry but as some of you may know, it can be very expensive. A hardback photobook, with decent paper for displaying photographs, would cost in the region of £80 so to make it more accessible I’ve launched a bimonthly print magazine and am looking for contributors.

Whether your preferred art is photography, in a street, journalistic, landscape, portrait or fashion ilk I’d be interested in seeing it. If you prefer to write poetry, I’d love to read it or if you prefer to write short stories, I’d love to read those too.

You can see the magazine online here or you can buy it by clicking on the Issue 1 cover image below.

If you would like to have something in print, like the look of the magazine and would like to submit, please do so by sending your work to mag@stevemurphyphotography.co.uk. I’d love to hear from you ! I have contributors sending poetry and short stories through and am looking for content for issues 2, 3, 4 and on and on …

Issue 1 cover
Issue 1 cover

I was interviewed on BBC Three Counties Radio on Thursday which you can listen to by going to 02:16 of the show here.

I’d really love to hear from photographers, poets and short story writers – so if you, or your friends would like to submit please share and send work through.

Thank you and look forward to discussing work with you !

Steve

Wedding Photography

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and I believe capturing the emotion and the story of the day and the build up to the day are as much about getting to know the couple involved and building a relationship and friendship with them. By doing this I am able to fully understand who the bride and groom are, what is important to them and what, together, we want to achieve from the images that will be a lifetime’s reminder of their special day.

I like to portray the day’s activities in a relaxed and informal manner. I believe the day’s story needs to show the fun and emotion of all involved, starting from getting ready through the ceremony and enjoying the first dance. A pre-wedding shoot is always a great way for me to get to know you but more importantly, for you to get to know me and have the confidence that I will record your special day as you would wish. It’s a great time see the venue and discuss ideas you and I have about particular shots.

If you are planning your wedding please don’t hesitate to get in touch – I love meeting and photographing people and am passionate about reliability and professionalism. I look forward to hearing from you to discuss your wedding.

Photographs below are a sample from weddings I did in 2013 …

 

 

Paula getting ready - putting her shoes on in her suite at Luton Hoo
Paula getting ready – putting her shoes on in her suite at Luton Hoo

 

 

Paula preparing to leave her suite at Luton Hoo
Paula preparing to leave her suite at Luton Hoo

 

 

Mike ready to see Paula for the first time in her wedding dress at Luton Hoo
Mike ready to see Paula for the first time in her wedding dress at Luton Hoo

 

Paula and Mike signing the register at Luton Hoo
Paula and Mike signing the register at Luton Hoo

 

Mandy getting ready at home before heading to Risley Hall to be married to Tom
Mandy getting ready at home before heading to Risley Hall to be married to Tom

 

 

Capturing the essence of the person is vital
Capturing the essence of the person is vital

 

Decorations at Risley Hall for Mandy and Tom's wedding
Decorations at Risley Hall for Mandy and Tom’s wedding

 

Tom toasting his new bride
Tom toasting his new bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dad and Joyce: at home


Dad needed some passport type pictures so he can apply for his disabled “blue” badge. His mobility is VERY limited of late and he should have had the notorious blue badge years ago.

 

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Dad and Joy: they’ve looked better but passport photos are supposed to be void of all emotion – aren’t they ?!

 

So I took the opportunity to capture them in their natural habitat.

The house is always warm so no shoes is the order of the day. Being barefooted improves their stability: "it lets me FEEL the ground where I wouldn't be able to with shoes" ~ Dad
The house is always warm so no shoes is the order of the day. Being barefooted improves their stability: “it lets me FEEL the ground where I wouldn’t be able to with shoes” ~ Dad

 

The dressing on Joyce's right shin is the latest in a line of scars from falling over. They've had a stair lift fitted in the last couple of weeks which means Dad doesn't have to stand behind Joy while she climbs the stairs anymore.
The dressing on Joyce’s right shin is the latest in a line of scars from falling over. They’ve had a stair lift fitted in the last couple of weeks which means Dad doesn’t have to stand behind Joy while she climbs the stairs anymore.

 

"I'm coming in close - don't be afraid" - oops too late.
“I’m coming in close – don’t be afraid” – oops too late.

 

Dad has never needed much encouragement to pull a funny face - Joyce is a bit more reserved.
Dad has never needed much encouragement to pull a funny face – Joyce is a bit more reserved.

 

Preston Bus Station – the Beauty or the Beast ?

EAST SIDE facade
EAST SIDE facade

Preston Bus Station is an iconic building that has (together with the car park above) recently received protected Grade II listed status from English Heritage and its’ future is therefore safe for the foreseeable future. After many years with the threat of demolition hanging over its’ rather majestic “Brutalist” facade, public outrage at the news drove local people to demand a referendum in September 2013 which resulted in 80% of Preston people voting to keep the building as it is.

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Doreen

Doreen comes into Preston every Saturday morning, when I met her I’d just been in the cafe having a cup of tea and heard a local guy getting irate at the cafe owner about the price of a cup of coffee. A cup of coffee is £1.35 in the cafe, that’s white coffee, no latte or cappuccino at Preston Bus Station, you can get that in the City Centre but at the bus station there are no frills, bells or whistles. He shouted that he could get a coffee for 80p “down the road” and upstairs in the drivers canteen it was 20p a cup so why was the cafe “SO EXPENSIVE?”. I got the impression he wasn’t typical of Preston and I wanted to get a human side to the concrete monolith. I spotted a lady who looked busy, you know, just a “busy” person, she settled down to wait for a bus and I sat down beside her. Within 5 minutes of sitting next to Doreen, I knew she was from Brownhill, she visits Preston every Sauturday morning to go to “the very nice shopping centre”. With a glint in her eye, and a flicker of a smile on her face, she told me how good value the charity shops were with the Red Cross shop being the best “…’coz everything is £1 in there” she whispered, just so she didn’t let everyone else know the secret. After shopping in Preston, she gets the 10:40 number 280 bus from stand 58 (there are 80 bus stands – Preston has the longest (with the most stands) station in Europe) to Clitheroe where she continues her tour of the (charity) shops. Once she has cleared Preston and Clitheroe of their bargains, she heads home to Brownhill, with a final stop at Preston Bus Station to catch the bus home.

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The Cafe – where they sit as though they are already on the bus

I had scrambled eggs on toast with a cup of tea and thought £3.60 was very reasonable, and was just what the doctor ordered for me after my long drive north

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Walkway to the Guild Hall
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Top (ninth) floor of the car park (also Grade II listed)
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Reserved parking

Preston Bus Station is here to stay and for one I am over the moon it is. It is a stalwart to northwest travel – people were travelling to far off places such as Glasgow and London. There was an air of anonymity, there was very little interaction between people but what there was was light hearted and good humoured (unless you thought coffee was expensive at £1.35) and with its’ Grade II listing now secure it will be around for a long time to come.

Be good to hear your stories of iconic buildings or places near you.

Project 14 – Chapter 2

Alex
Alex

I’ve got one brother, his name is Paul, and he’s 2 years 10 months and 6 days older than me – and I guess I was that annoying little brother, “Moi ?! C’est ne possible pas !” – well, OK, maybe it is. He was born in London in 1966, at St Bartholomews’ Hospital (“Barts” – WikiPedia tells me it’s the oldest hospital in Europe being founded in 1123) and it’s debatable if you can hear the sound of the Bow Bells from Barts so it’s not confirmed if we can call him a true cockerney, and I’m saying NO (maybe that’s the little brother thing – just there).

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Paul

He visited this Easter weekend just gone and it was a great opportunity to catch up, and of course take some pictures for #Project14. Dad popped over with Joyce on Good Friday for lunch, bringing with him a leg of lamb to add to the silverside joint of beef we cooked and as you can imagine, we all ate far too much and drank far too much beer and wine. Dad does know how to cook a leg of lamb – I must take my hat off to him !

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Dad – amongst books – his favourite thing …

Alex is Paul’s son and always comes down to see us when Paul comes. The last time he came was to go to the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal play Naples in the Emirates Cup – a two day pre season friendly tournament used to sharpen skills before the football season proper starts. Alex was a Manchester United supporter before last summer’s Emirates Cup but Paul bought him an Arsenal shirt and once he’d been in the Emirates Stadium he was hooked and now talks nothing of Man Utd but all about the Arsenal – a job well done I say.

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So there we have it – another chapter in the life of #Project14 – I used the Mamiya C33 and black and white film to capture some pictures in the full ethos of #Project14 but thought it’d be rude not to capture the Welsh Contingent (another reason I’m sticking to the non-Cockerney status – he moved to Wales around the turn of the century) for blogging purposes – I do like the way these portraits have turned out. I think I’ll use this technique again !

Get in touch if you’d like some family photos done – email me direct – steve@stevemurphyphotography.co.uk.

Thanks for reading and please do come back again.

Senior …

… came over to see me this morning to pose for and be part of my Project 14. I hadn’t seen him for a few weeks so I went over to see him yesterday morning for a coffee and took my camera with me to photograph him doing what he normally does on a Saturday morning. I got there too late to go with him to the paper shop but he was back and doing the crossword when I got there, always The Times crossword, he used to do the crossword in the Telegraph but that got a bit too easy so he moved on to The Times.

Doing The Times crossword
doing The Times crossword

Project 14 is the project I set myself to photograph people and places that have influenced me or had a bearing on my life from day one in 1968 to the present day. I’m doing all this with the Mamiya C33 medium format film camera, using black and white film, developing that film and printing the negatives in the darkroom. So, obviously, Dad comes top of that list. I took a few shots with the digital camera which are on here today and I also took 6 rolls of Ilford Delta 400 over the two mornings so I’ve got them to develop and add to Project 14.

Never happier than with a book and a cup of coffee
Never happier than with a book and a cup of coffee

I always remember Dad watching Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy on telly back in the late 70s – he worked shifts and was never able to get to see the scheduled 9pm on Tuesday night but along the way he always managed to catch a repeat or rerun so he could get to see the whole series (this was before the days of VHS and Sky+ wasn’t even on the horizon).

Smiley ... and his people
Smiley … and his people – Dad’s favourite

Mamiya C33

So I finally got out with the Mamiya C33 and have developed the first few films. Something I never did many years ago when I had a darkroom was develop my own films but now I am developing and printing them all. These few pictures were scanned onto CD by Jane at True Colour Imaging in Luton for me.

After much testing of the darkroom and not getting great results I figured out there was quite a bit of light leakage and after plugging holes and removing bulbs from some rogue lights I am now getting prints that are showing some good contrast.

Project14 is proceeding …

Sussex Way, N7
Sussex Way, N7
Sussex Way, N7
Sussex Way, N7
Ethan, Lakes at Wyboston
Ethan, Lakes at Wyboston
Doors, Lakes at Wyboston
Doors, Lakes at Wyboston