… DOWNTOWN & DRIFTWOOD – new #printmag

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

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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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We lived in the furthest tower block of the four in the distance
We lived in the furthest tower block of the four in the distance

As mentioned last week I’m trying to photograph, and document through photography, where I grew up and what I’ve been upto in the last 45 years – in 15 to 20 photographs. I was out and about with the Mamiya C33 this morning in North London, where we lived between 1973 and 1976, after Dad left the army and worked at the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office.

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Couldn’t resist this doorway – I have a soft spot for old dilapidated doorways – especially if they are in the Arsenal colours

I’ve got a new website – it’s currently being housed here – but in the next few days will be house at http://www.stevemurphyphotography.co.uk.

MAMIYA C33

MAMIYA C33 with Weston Master Universal Exposure Meter and shutter release cable (attached)
MAMIYA C33 with Weston Master Universal Exposure Meter and shutter release cable (attached)

I bought this beauty a few weeks ago off ebay – I’ve been out with it a couple of times and so far I think it all works as it should. The C33 is a late 60s Twin Lens Reflex (TLR – view through the top lens and take the picture through the bottom lens) medium format professional camera manufactured in Japan – it uses 120 roll film and produces square negatives 6x6cm in size. It doesn’t have any metering and is fully manually operated, so to take a picture you either fly by the seat of your pants and use your best guestimate to choose aperture and shutter speed or you have some kind of light meter. The thing to the left of the camera in the picture is a 1950s Weston Master Universal Exposure Meter (another ebay acquisition), I’ve had it checked out and it works fine.

The plan, oh yes, there’s a plan, is to produce a body of work (15 to 20 black and white pictures) that I shoot, develop and print myself. The project will be loosely based on who I am and where I came from. We moved around quite a bit before the family settled in Luton in December 1976 – remember that hot hot summer of ’76? We lived in Milton Keynes for 9 months in 1976 before moving to Luton, before that we lived in a high rise block of flats (almost) overlooking Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium (and now even closer to the Emirates Stadium), before that we lived in Army Married Quarters in Bushey after moving back to England from Germany where Dad was stationed and I was born.

So that’s the plan – I’d like to think that by the end of 2014 I’ll have that set of prints that I’m happy with. It’ll take me to places I’m guessing will look quite different from what I remember. I’ll try and keep the blog updated with a few pictures along the way but the main aim of the project is to produce those pictures through film, negative, wet print and probably a few headaches from the darkroom chemicals – can’t wait !!

All the best

S

Check out Gumb0 @ Gumb0x

I’ve started a new blog – it’s all about my trials and tribulations in the world of Python Programming. I’m having a go at learning a programming language – something I should have done many years ago. Pop over and have a read – it’s started off on quite a funny foot – even if I say so myself.

Headover – it’s Gumb0x.wordpress.com – I got the name from Dave – you’ve seen pictures of Dave – he’s the lead guitarist in Percy’s Blues Jam below – they are Gin House Delta – go find them on YouTube – AFTER you’ve been over to Gumb0x of course !! Dave has always given me a pat on the back with a “Good work Gumbo” or “Well done Gumbo” on occasions he gets wiff I’ve actually done something close to being clever.

Be good to see you @ Gumb0x if you get the chance to pop over.

Steve

 

Dunstable Kite Festival

The sun was out and the wind was blowing – what more could a successful kite festival want ? Well nothing of course – just a few shots of the fun …

AIR !!
AIR !!
Watching
Watching
In sync
In sync
12
12
Getting ready
Getting ready
Runaway kite
Runaway kite
Relax
Relax
Come on Grandad
Come on Grandad
Tumble tumble - rolly polly
Tumble tumble – rolly polly
Romancing the kite
Romancing the kite