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I bought a Polaroid Camera…

I’ve been thinking about it for a while…should I or shouldn’t I buy a Polaroid Camera? I eventually took the plunge this week and purchased a refurbished Polaroid Sun 600 through The Impossible Project.

I like the idea of putting all of the modern technical capabilities to one side and focus on capturing moments using an instant camera.

There was a sense of excitement and anticipation waiting for that first Polaroid image to develop, it was wonderful to see it come to life. Looking at the image my wife and I both said its like being transported back in time to our childhoods or looking at old family photo albums, its strange and slightly enlightening to me as a photographer; new but old possibilities. I’m looking forward to getting out to experiment and to be honest, have some fun with it!

First Polaroid, testing it out. A rather plain shot of part of our back garden and house. Interesting how it gives a different feel and sense of time and place.




Recognition from the ones that matter most – Randomness May 2017

Its been a tough week and I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, probably too much. Watching far too much news coverage here in the UK.

I was sad to read recently of the death of Chris Cornell, RIP. I love Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Audioslave. Soundgarden are one of my all time favourite bands. So many memories, good and bad. The ‘grunge’ scene (and heavy metal) was my scene growing up in the 90’s.

I used to play music in bands. I used to love playing in bands but it never really worked out, band members move on, some people are more committed than others or views on style directions change. I got overwhelmed in the end with a back injury and an unbearable level of stage freight and anxiety which I think I’m only really understanding now in my 30’s for what it really was. I still have some old photos of the band taken by a friend of the band who sadly passed away. Some photos below. He had a real knack of capturing action and was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met, despite everything he was going through. Its nice to look back at the old band photos and remember some of the good times we had.

Minion Race. I'm on the far left.

Minion Race, I’m on the far left. 2001. Copyright Rowland Boys


Minion Race. Copyright Rowland Boys


Minion Race. Copyright Rowland Boys


Minion Race. Copyright Rowland Boys


Minion Race. Copyright Rowland Boys

I re-watched the documentary McCullin again this week. Almost all of his life photographing the human condition, war and famine. It must change you, unrepairable change/damage. Hearing Don McCullin speak now in reflection looking back at his photographic career, its hard to see him relive some of the experiences he photographed. Its made me really think about photography and I don’t know how else to say or phrase it but photography is not about photography, it can sometimes feel strange reading so much about photography and thinking so much about it….its about life and every single thing that encapsulates. What I love the most about photography, is being out there taking photographs, connections with nature and the world, its nice to recentre yourself sometimes on your core values and the reason you are doing it.

I finished reading a short book about Dorothea Lange this week, some really thought provoking work.

I got out for a nice stomp in nature this week with a good friend. Good to reconnect and take the time to take in the view.


I had some awesome news from two of my nieces this week. They had to do a project on a photographer for school, so they picked me. It was so lovely to get some recognition from the people who matter the most, your family. I feel they speak from their hearts when they say which photos they like or don’t like! A little boost is sometimes just what you need.

Laura with her photography presentation

Laura with her photography presentation

Sophie with her photography presentation

Sophie with her photography presentation




Random Thoughts “Nature Does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished” Lao Tzu

The past couple of months have been an interesting journey. At the very start of the course my whole life was literally picked up and moved, as my wife and I moved house. It was a big upheaval, pretty stressful as well saying goodbye to a trusty flat that had looked after us and protected us, then onto the unknown in a new house.  In the process it has been hard getting settled in the new house, working and also getting going with the next unit on my pathway.

To top it all off I have been struggling with a chest infection and sinus problems which has left me mostly stuck to sleeping in a chair every night and not getting much if any studying done or photography, which has been incredibly frustrating. Not leaving the house for nearly a week didn’t really do me any favours either. My soul sings in a better harmony when I can get outside into the woods, see nature and wildlife but most importantly take photographs!

I have found myself sat reading sometimes just watching the light in the living room as it passes by the back window and hits the fireplace or casts shadows in the room. Looking at the textures of a plant and how watching it grow, it doesn’t rush it just does what it needs to do and things get done, a little bit every day. Which drew me to this quote I have on a scroll in my study room:

“Nature Does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished” Lao Tzu

I had spent a lot of time planning out all my studies on my study planner  and I felt I may have failed at the first hurdle. I guess one advantage of the OCA is being able to study at your own pace and  dip in and out of your studies or study flexibly. All the time sat at home has given me the opportunity to think and also do some reading from the essential and recommended reading list for ‘Context and Narrative’. I think perhaps my body was giving me the hint to slow down for a moment and take stock of everything.

I have added a couple of new bits of camera gear over the past couples of months, notably a big Nikon lens 200-500mm, a Gimbal head for the big lens, a new battery grip as well as an array of books for the course.

Sometimes it can be beneficial to just stop, be thankful for what you have, accept where you are and where you are going. Don’t be in a hurry to get to your destination, remember to enjoy the ride!