… 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.

 

Dad-and-Joy-SMP
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

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.

N7

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.