neil posted in Travel on October 25th, 2009
Most of the photographs I’ve ever taken have been of friends. I guess this makes my commercial, sports & journalism work like the tip of an iceberg. Most of my images are seen only via this blog or the (currently broken) gallery behind it. Typically, these images are post processed just after they are taken or weeks later, occasionally brushed under the carpet and never processed at all.
It was only last night, when I was using magic whiteboard paper to put old prints of my friends on the wall, that I realised that I had’nt printed any of these images for years. Literally. Its probably time to change that. Its probably good to shoot more, play more and relax more with the camera. It has’nt ever just been a tool for work, it has always been an eye cast over my life. I honestly regret the years I spent without one, the stupid trips, daft ideas, epic adventures that went unrecorded. My older pictures, shot with crappy compacts with doubtful exposures and factory-set focus, are reminders, bookmarks in the good bits of my life. As such, they are in many ways more valuable than the tack-sharp, painfully lit images I like to show in my pro-galleries.
So, enjoy these images of a recent “fun only” trip to Leeds. I wish I’d shot more. I’d just like to suggest that you take the time to shoot your friends (politely).