Dark Box Rises

Super short one today,

The British weather final realized it was October and thus it has been hammering it down all day confining me to the workshop! image

So i managed to source some awesome sprung cupboard hinges that lock and hold themselves at 90 degrees, (they where only one pound! for the two)



These should allow the dark box to lock open preventing the need for any additional hardware..



This began the long process of lining up re-drilling and locking in place the incredibly expensive bolts (there is nearly ten pounds worth of tiny bolts here, TEN!. i know my super cheep hinges should make up for this but still)



At this point it kinda looks like I’m just making pretty symmetrical patterns with the washers and bolts but by enuring the washers and bolts are installed symmetrical i can be sure all the weight will be evenly shared by the worryingly thin back bored..

I plan to add a wooden foot to the underside of the lid to reduce the strain on the hinges when the box is open!

So as promised a super quick update on how its going, progress is little slow at the moment as I’m juggling other responsibilities but as soon as i have more free time ill get the under coat and hopefully the paint finished and start work on the support frame for my light tight curtain :)


** disclaimer ** i shameless stole the idea for this project from my bud James, hes a great photographer and a surprisingly good long border have a little look at his work here, as well his finished dark box..



[him using it out of the back of my car]


i started with a second hand flight case,

stripped out all of the packing foam to reveal the raw wood underneath.


then repaired one of the strap mounts using a small bolt, drilled out the rivets on the hinges separating the two half of the case (allowing me to replace the old broken hinges with new stronger ones) and then cut the excess off the bolt to give a flush Finnish


[little help from dad and his angle grinder]

finally all cleaned out sanded and ready to paint..

so this is where i’m up to, expect more in the next day or so!



I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how i present my work and more specifically the style of my work, both how i create it and how i change it in post edit.

I’ve always had an attraction to an older style of photography something that is very fashionable at the moment making me want to pull away from it so as to try to stand out from the crowd.

i hear two schools of wisdom on the subject of having a specific style to your work, one says “your young now is the time to experiment don’t limit your self with a specific style or look” valid advice! the other says “find the work you like and more importantly the work you like making and run with it” the work you do when your procrastinating is the work you should do all the time”

I’m sure it looks like I’m verbalizing a pretty obvious point but as a photographer who’s still finding way in the industry making the wrong decisions on things like this can be the difference between getting or losing a job that pays this month rent.

so I’m going to focus my efforts on making the work i love the sort of thing id like to look at if i was a viewer, i just hope their is enough people out there with the same taste as me :)

Short Film

Ok so i’m far from a film maker, but one of my assignments for the end of my first year at uni was to make two short films. Of the two this is the one i was slightly more happy with…

The Question

I apologise for the dodgy audio and my cringey interview at the end

and also clam no rights to the music,

But as a first attempt I’m pretty happy..

busy week also did a impromtue studio sesion of my neice :)

few shots for wilson check out his work in the links below

few more new film shots

more agfa vista 200 35mm shots few edited on lightroom this time all shot on my om-10

i hate doing these things….

more likes on my facebook page would be epicly handy so if you havent yet or your from another part of the world please click here and like the page,

thanks guys and also if you have a pageof your own and you want more “likes” (really feels cringey to say) but feel free to message me on the fb page love to see what other people are working on :)


So uni work is getting a little crazy at the mo with three big projects (not to mention a couple of essays) all coming up at the same time, but hey ho guess that’s the nature of the beast but its not leaving me much time for my own projects in the mean time hear are a few new film pics (some slightly edited after scan) and all being well ill have a few Finished projects to show you within the next week or so..





So I got shortlisted for the eaton portrait prize

This probably has no place here as a post but I’m proud… so here goes each year one of the alumni of my university (generous chap that he is ) donates some top class prizes (a mac, a graphics tab and 150 quid in book vouchers!) so its open to the whole photography dep’ all 3 years and tho i didn’t win i was short listed and to be in the final 10 my first time out was a pretty big compliment in my eyes..


[my entry “sophia” an portrait of my niece.. above framed where it will be diplayed in the university and bellow as a full image for you to see better]


having seen the competition it just made the compliment even bigger!!

long story short my friend Stephen won and rightly so too his image was amazing!!

have a look at his work here


see all the short list here


and the winners here