After having to give the beloved Canon 7D  back to my brother-in-law it was time I bought a new camera. I realised quickly I couldn’t afford a DSLR or frankly didn’t need one, as most of my photos are impulse shots on my travels so opted for the Canon EOS M3 which is loaded with features, fits in my parka pocket has interchangeable lens and takes a mean photo.

I decided to head out the night of the 28th December (the day before my my birthday) and see what the camera could do, capturing long perspectives, odd scenery, contrast and the beauty of the night in a cool city. I use Lightroom to edit my images to tweak and refine.

If you are interested on going on one of my nightmoochs let me know via the contact page and we’ll have a wander about and see what we can capture.

You can view the rest of my images here at Flickr – https://www.flickr.com/photos/tubbyphunk/

 

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I’ve recently started a new project harking back to my training as an artist/designer using some good ol’ analogue thermal facsimile techniques combined with street photography. The project is currently titled Diversity & Perception and aims to collate enough photographs of people from as many different backgrounds, countries, religion and ages based within my local area with the intention of forming a public exhibition which allows the viewer to see the person without forming judgement or opinion but to focus on the persons face and its features. I have started the project working with the participants and volunteers from the worldwide family from Bensham’s Comfrey project.

If you live in Gateshead and would like to be a face in the exhibition you can email me via the contact page.

Support your local art shop!

I’ve recently made a number of rather nice purchases, mainly of vintage design studio materials from my local art store Hobson’s in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. A real Alladin’s cave of an art shop not all organised and glossy like Hobbyc**** or similar multi-nationals but a quaint little operation and if i’m honest quite untidy, which once functioned as a combined Post Office (remember those?) and an art shop run by a knowledgable guy named Stuart.

Support your local art shop!

Support your local art shop!

I do get quite excited by visiting art shops which often direct the kind of work I do depending on what I purchase, sometimes it’s just a new colour or type of paint, maybe a rare pen or pencil which is a pleasure to use, or some seriously hard to find old school studio equipment i.e.: Letraset or the like.

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Last week I stumbled upon this absolute beauty in pristine condition, boxed and with extra felts for the nibs. A Berol Industrial king-size Flo-Master (see above): refillable, hard wearing and seriously good quality! Stuart proceeds to informs me these are incredibly sought after by factory staff and steelworkers to mark steel, and this could be one of the only remaining unused examples in the country, he even gave me some ink in the original tin, but it had dried up and clearly seen better days.

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After last weeks find of a Faber-Castell TK-matic which has to be the best pencil that has ever graced my right hand, I’m starting to get seriously into art digging, like a creative alternative to a vinyl junkie, forever searching for the next mark making implement to create new works and ideas. So instead of going to your nearest retail park and spending a fortune, dig a little deeper and support your local art store before it’s too late, you know it makes perfect sense!