In York with Viktoria Addison

I recently spent some time in York eating food and hanging out with my friend Viktoria Addison. We’ve been meaning to arrange a proper shoot with one another for a little while now, and it just so happened she was going to be dancing that night in York so that was the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

We worked out that we’d known each other for a long time, but actually hadn’t seen each other in almost 4 years which is pretty crazy to think about.

Normally, I think I’d feel pretty anxious about hanging out with folk I haven’t seen in a long while but that wasn’t the case here. And is a definite sign of having a solid friendship when you don’t need to be in touch with people all of the time. Everyone has their own shit going on.

We grabbed some pizza, and chatted for a while over tea and fudge, and then some pints by the river. In fact it was a few hours before we even started to properly take photos, just under the bridge opposite where we were drinking.

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Queen’s Park with Clare

As with Heather the week before, I also met Clare at the Cathouse.

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I’ve seen her pretty regularly since I started working there and she’s a pro at dodging my camera in the club, so I was pretty surprised when she dropped me a message about being game to do some photos.

I half expected Clare to cancel which of course wouldn’t have been an issue ‘cause if someone don’t want their photo taken then that’s obviously fine. That said, she turned up ready to go.

We headed into Queen’s Park and got right to it, which was great as on Sunday I’m moving away from Glasgow so aside from working in the club tonight, today was likely my last chance to take photos before I leave.

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I always enjoy heading out with people that don’t model, ’cause from my experience it always comes across as a pretty fun and exciting thing to do, which Clare actually mentioned as we were talking about it toward the end.

We took about an hour to walk around the park, starting at the top and working our way down to the pond before finishing up by a Church in a trolley with a ton of brochures, and called it a day.

I got home and edited the photos and Clare dug them and from the chat we’ve had I suspect we’ll be shooting again when I move back to Glasgow in a few months.

Anyway, here’s the rest of the photos.

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The Necropolis and Glasgow Green with Heather

The past few months I’ve been in situations where I’ve mostly being photographing Jazz – which I am not sorry about – but I’ve noticed my blog becoming a little less varied than it used to be. So the other week I threw up an ad online for anyone who wanted to hang out and let me take their photo.

Today it happened, and so I packed my camera and headed out. I’ve been waking up real late lately, so the fact I was out the flat before 12pm was quite something.

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JAZZebell_ in Queens Park

For a fair while I’ve wanted a 20mm lens on my Nikon for shooting clubs as I currently exclusively shoot 24mm.

It turned out getting an actual 20mm for my Nikon was going to cost an absolute ton, and I resent paying that much for something I’d mostly only be using on drunk people anyway so instead I opted for a Sigma 10-20mm lens. The snag being that it ain’t a full frame lens, but as it didn’t cost nearly as much as my other options I went for it.

While it might not be a dedicated 20mm lens, it’s technically wider than what I already had and when mostly zoomed out it creates a pretty neat vignette and distorts in a way which reminds me of photos of early 90’s grunge bands.

So I took it out and tested it out with Jazz because a new lens is always a good excuse to get out and take some photos.

It’s always a little unnerving using a new focal length, and it’s going to take a while to get used to it. That said, I’m happy with a whole bunch of the photos we took and tonight I’m away shooting with it in the club for the first time so I’ll undoubtedly post something tomorrow too if my photos aren’t utter garbage.

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Rooftop with JAZZebell_

Sunday was a little disaster in that Jazz was supposed to be going on tour, and I was supposed to be elsewhere myself but on Saturday night I drunkenly misplaced the key for the flat while sorting my stuff out at the gig, meaning we both ended up crashing at Stephens and Jazz had no way to collect her stuff. Shit.

The venue didn’t open early, and because Jazz mostly hitchhikes places she didn’t get an early enough start.

This didn’t mean we weren’t productive with our time, though.

We had to wait for the venue to open to get my key back so we grabbed some food in town while we waited and then headed onto TKMaxx’s rooftop for an impromptu shoot since I had everything on me from the night before.

I don’t often use flash when shooting other than my party photos. I find it a hassle, and generally just prefer the simplicity of only carrying around a camera. That said, I don’t feel like I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone in a long while and the flash I’ve got for the X-Pro2 is new so I wanted to try it out.

I opted for the same flash-facing-forward no bullshit approach as I do with my party photos, except that I didn’t let the shutter trail. I’m surprised at how much I like some of these photos, and while I doubt I’ll be shooting flash with any real regularity, I’m going to make a conscious effort to not shy away from it in future.

When I got home I thought I’d only taken a few photos but when I’d finished editing there was just shy of 50. Not bad. There’s a fair few of them below, and I’ll be uploading an extra 25 to a gallery on my private blog in the coming days.

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Marvels: Abandoned Theme Park, with JAZZebell_

I’m struggling to blog as consistently as last month, which is probably an indication that my mental health is getting worse again, so I’ve again switched off various social networks, and tomorrow I’m going to force myself out of the flat and take my camera and just walk. Will see how that pans out.

In the meantime, I noticed Jazz has been posting a few photos from a day last year when we went to Marvels, an abandoned theme park in Scarborough. I don’t think I’ve actually posted any on this blog, so I’ve just been through and dug some out.

There’s almost nothing there now, in terms of the old theme park. An occasional structure, and some concrete of where things used to be, but it’s mostly dirt. We’d actually already taken some photos this day down on the open topped bus, where we got into a bit of trouble, and these follow on from that.

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Near the Clyde in Glasgow with JAZZebell_

Jazz hopped on a bus and came to visit for a week. We’d originally planned to head up a mountain and take some rad nudes, ’cause the winter wasn’t going to stop us, but the day we’d planned to head out on was so foggy it would have been pointless.

We opted to wander by the Clyde and head towards Victoria Park since it’s only a short walk from the flat.

It wasn’t long before Jazz spotted a building site and jumped through a gap in the border.

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This post get a bit more NSFW so nows a good time to carry on if you’re ok with that.
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