Life Sciences

In October 2014, the University of Bristol completed its new Life Sciences building. I’ve been wanting to photograph it since then but until now there has been continuing groundwork outside with an array of temporary fencing. The last of the fencing was removed this week, so I popped out of my office with the camera and […]

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Half-frame

I recently tried out my newest camera, a 1963 Canon Demi. For those who don’t know, this is a half-frame camera, meaning that the negatives are half the usual size and you get twice as many negatives on a film. This was significant when the camera was new in the 1960s: colour photography was just […]

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Spring in Royal Fort Gardens

On Thursday, I went for a lunchtime photo walk with Alex. We headed into Royal Fort Gardens, where there were large numbers of students enjoying the sun. I was using my “new” RB67 with a wide-angle lens. It’s not exactly a lightweight camera for a walkabout, but I love using it, and the quality of […]

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Infrared photos

I’ve dabbled with infrared photography before, but not had much luck. This time, I’m delighted with the results. If you want to read more about my method, please have a look at my other blog. If you just want to see the pictures – well here they are. Blue skies appear black and foliage appears […]

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People at work

Some archaeology students from Bristol University were digging up parts of Royal Fort Garden for a project this week. I snapped this photo of them sweating under the midday sun, with the intention of using it for this week’s Photo Challenge – documentary journalism.

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More Bristol architecture

This week I loaded some Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film into my AE-1. It’s the slowest film I’ve used to date. I took a few photos around the campus of Bristol University but before I had a chance to shoot many, I lent the camera to my mate who visited for the weekend. He […]

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Royal Fort Garden

At lunchtime today I went for a walk in Royal Fort Garden. It was the first really summery day of the year, and a lovely day to eat lunch outside. These daffodils are in front of the physics building (left) and Royal Fort House (right). This robin was very tame. Given that I was sat […]

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Shots of Bristol

This week I shot another roll of black & white film in my SLR. Last night I developed it, and tonight I’ve scanned and uploaded the highlights for your viewing pleasure. Unfortunately I think I overdeveloped the film a little, so some of the brighter areas are burnt out. Never mind. First of all, here […]

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Pictures of the snow

I shot a roll of black and white film over two snowy days on the 6th and 7th of January, 2010. I wasn’t sure how it would come out, given that black and white film can only “see” the colours black and white, and the snow is white. As it turns out, I’m very pleased. […]

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A new sculpture

This is a new sculpture that has been erected in Royal Fort gardens to commemorate the centenary of the University of Bristol. It’s a series of tall, narrow mirrors arranged to make a maze. Like a house of mirrors – with gaps. I recommend giving it a visit!

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