… 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

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.

 

Project 14 – Chapter 2

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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

Lakes4Volvo at Wyboston, Bedfordshire – “it’s old school”

As old school family businesses go, “Lakes for Volvos” in Wyboston, Bedfordshire is a true gem. I have recently become the proud owner of a rather old 2.3l Volvo 850 T5 (T5 being the fast one, the one used by the police in years gone by) .

LA(K)ES for Volvos at Wyboston
LA(K)ES for Volvos at Wyboston

More often than I’d hoped in the last couple of weeks I’ve visited Wyboston in the hope to find the fix to my ongoing breakdowns and too frequent calls to the fourth emergency service.

Whilst there yesterday and talking to the owners I thought they deserved a piece being written about them so I returned this morning with my camera.

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Cars for sale on the forecourt attracting northbound A1 traffic

All day long the phone rings, it was never off the hook while I was there this morning and the stream of visitors through the door kept part-owner Barry at the office.

The place is run by Barry and Bernard who have run their business at Wyboston for nearly 30 years. Bernard’s Grandson Ethan (18) was busy breaking an 850, he works weekends in the workshop while he’s at college studying Economics and Politics “A” Level, he’s got his exams this summer and is expected to pass with As all round.

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A “seen better days” engine block
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Not a key out of place – Barry and Bernard know where every key for every car is – all 300+ of them
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Barry trying to answer a customer’s query
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Bernard, Barry’s brother and part-owner of the business
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Ethan works weekends dismantling Volvos while he studies for A levels at college
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Ethan taking a break

Barry is very proud of the fact they work in an “old school” fashion doing honest and fair business with customers who return time and time again.

Worldwide March Against Government Corruption (London)

Let's get this party ROCKING !!
Let’s get this party ROCKING !!

Hundreds of protesters turned out in Trafalgar Square in London last Saturday (01/03) to demonstrate against alleged corruption within the government. Marches took place around the world for the same purpose – to raise awareness and spread the word about the belief that world governments are corrupt.

Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square before moving off to march through the streets of Central London
Crowds gathered in Trafalgar Square before moving off to march through the streets of Central London

The crowd moved off to reconvene at the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange is holed up in asylum limbo – the Ecuadorians offered the founder of WikiLeaks sanction while Sweden try to extradite him there on rape charges.

Protesters showing their support for Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy
Protesters showing their support for Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy

Members of the “ANONYMOUS” Movement wore masks showing their support for the movement that is planning a lot more demonstrations and action throughout 2014 culminating in Project V planned for early 2015 – “We are Anonymous, we are Legion, We do not FORGET, We do not FORGIVE, EXPECT US” is their strapline.

Supporters of ANONYMOUS at the steps of the Ecuadorian Embassy
Supporters of ANONYMOUS at the steps of the Ecuadorian Embassy
Organisers promoted a "No Trouble" ethos both before and during the day - families turned out showing support
Organisers promoted a “No Trouble” ethos both before and during the day – families turned out showing support