Camera Casualty

Hello everyone,

After writing to you last week from under the sunny skies of my garden, it feels a bit crap to be back inside, hiding from the rain or whatever crappy weather being thrown at us next!

Sadly, one of my shoots from last week was cancelled, but I still got to go out and shoot a couple of little pink cameras. Cue, my first Camera Casualty! As anyone who has ever worked with film will understand, it can be a complicated process, many things can go wrong, so you need to be confident enough to relinquish some elements of control if you want to work with it.

I was shooting in town, with my Sister-in-law, Heather. We’d only been to two locations when the film ran out. Each film should come with 24 frames, sometimes more if you’re lucky, but this one died after we’d only taken 12 shots, annoying, but something we had to accept. We’re planning on going out again at some point to try again very soon.

When I went to collect my images the next day, there was a note on the packet. The man behind the counter explained that the film in one of the cameras had been jammed in the canister and had actually torn when they were trying to load it into the machine – that would explain why there were 12 frames missing. Luckily, the ones we shot were safe and I got some usable images from them.

So today, may I share with you the results from my most recent little pink camera antics.

Models are Heather and Alex.











Until Next Time.



Out of Office

Hello there!

Today’s edition of Cameras and Kitties is brought to you from the Garden of chateau Dempster. It’s so nice to finally have some warm weather, and sitting at the patio table under a gorgeous blue sky is just wonderful. However, as soon as I came outside, Neko decided it was time for him to go in, cheeky little sod!

If it’s an image heavy blog you’re after, today is not your day. Today I am purely checking in and making sure I keep this thing remotely up to date. Tomorrow though, I will be shooting. And on Friday too. In fact I have quite a few good shoots coming up over the next few months, I’ve even booked one as far ahead as July, which feels unreal.

While work has been so slow the past couple of months, today I am feeling quite thankful for that. It’s been nice to take a step down and use that time to organise my head space a little. Obviously, losing Leica was awful, but I’m so glad I got to spend so much time with her during her short little life. I certainly don’t miss 12 hour plus, long days. I’m starting to feel a bit like myself again. Naturally there are bad days too, but on the whole I feel much more human.

So, while you patiently await some bigger news stories, I will fill you in on a few smaller ones. Firstly, Joe and I have decided to look into fostering. I know I’m certainly not ready for a new fur baby yet, as much as I miss baby girl, the time just doesn’t feel quite right yet. Fostering seemed like a good idea as not only will it give a homeless cat the chance of finding a forever home, it will keep us busy and take our minds off the pain of losing Leica. At least until we can look back and smile.

Secondly, I finally have some work coming in. Seven days in a row of it in fact. I’m going to be so knackered by next Sunday, but I totally need some of my own money again! Not only do we have bills to pay, but there are things I want to do and places I want to go, so it’s all good.

Speaking of places to go, that brings me on to my trip to Devon in two weeks time. Not only will I be spending some time with my Dad for his 60th birthday, but I will actually be shooting down there for the first time in two years and I am super excited. I have a studio, I have a hair stylist, now all I need is a make-up artist and some models. So excited.

Today, I did a thing. A thing that may not seem much to many people, but for me it is a huge deal. I went for my induction at the gym. It felt really good to be taking the first steps towards making positive changes to my health, not only have I really let myself go over the last few years but my general well being has really suffered for it. Sneer if you want, but for me this is a small accomplishment. I’ve done this before and I am determined to do it again. I know things about health and fitness are pretty boring to read, so I’ll try not to post about it too much. After all this is Cameras and Kitties, not Cameras and Kitties and Chubby Bitches. Though I may change my mind!

Neko has come to join me, he seems to find it curious that his human is sitting out in the garden where normally only he spends time. Hope he gets used to it, because I’d love to spend much more time out here over the summer.

Well, there we have it for now. There’s a fair bit of stuff going on meaning more camera and kitty related stories are well on their way. I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful Spring weather as much as Neko and me.

Until next time.

Little Pink Camera Project

Roll up, roll up, if you like image heavy blogs, this is definitely the place for you right now!

May I present to you, the first stages of a little project I began work on in February. Little Pink Camera Project. Why Little Pink Camera Project? Well it does exactly what it says on the tin, I am creating images using a job lot of little pink disposable cameras that I bought.

I’ve always loved film and using analogue methods. When I was at uni, I was so reluctant to switch to digital, although ironically I was the first one to make the switch after a few problems made using a darkroom nearly impossible, but more on that story later. Towards the end of last year I decided I was feeling pretty jaded with a lot of things about the Photography world, from the sheer amount of Photographers that are out there now, to the images being produced and also my own frustrations at being in a bit of a creative slump.

It would appear that the nineties are having a bit of a revival at the moment, not only the fashions, but there are a lot of Photographers producing work that have that kind of aesthetic to it, which reminded me so much of my old collection of ‘The Face’ magazine. I decided to take this as a starting point to trying something new, so I began drafting up some mood boards on my Pinterest account. If you’re interested, you can check it out here:¬†

Once I gathered a few ideas. I purchased the first batch of cameras. I had a group shoot back in February so that is where I debuted the idea and shot my first few rolls of film. Naturally, as with the beauty of film, you never know what you’re going to get until you receive the images back from the printer, so of course there are going to be varying levels of successes and failures, but I’m sure the more I do it, the more I’ll get used to what works and what doesn’t.

The first batch of images definitely reflect this fact, some things were a flat out epic fail, it’s so easy to forget the whole finger over the lens thing on a range finder camera! However, there were definitely some amazing images too, I got exactly what I was looking for a couple of times, and I have already decided that I think the images work better indoors, with flash than with natural light. Then again, once the brighter weather comes I could change my mind about that.

A few people have asked me why I don’t just load up a roll of 35mm in my old SLR, but the truth is, I quite like working with restrictions. I feel like as a Photographer, my skills are pretty limited in the digital world, I’m certainly not as confident or clued up as a lot of people out there, I’ve just always tried to make the best of what I can do. Using the disposables means I am free to explore the limits of what they can produce using what I already know, and by stepping out of my comfort zone in one go.

I’ve really enjoyed doing this so far, and I am definitely investing in my second batch of cameras once my invoices are paid. I will try to write a little bit about the process and experience with each new lot of images, as this is definitely a learning process and there is still a long way to go, but I am very excited about what I can create.

For now, please enjoy a selection of the best images from my first few trial shoots.






















That’s it for now. A nice selection of raw and gritty images, in the literal sense!

I hope you enjoy, I can’t wait to see where this project goes.