I’ve seen this chap a few times knocking around town. He kinda sees me, I look at him and he looks back and chunters a few things which I can’t quite hear. I’ve no intention of irritating him by constantly trying to take his photo, what would be the point. On this occasion though he lifted his t-shirt to hide himself and I thought what a great photo it would make and so it did ? I love how his belly pokes out from underneath
It’s a big day here in England. Kick off at 3.00pm. England V Sweden with a Semi Final place to play for. The English have always liked mucking about which explains why and how we gave football to the world. Many of my brethren think “it’s coming home”? We’ll find out later today won’t we.
This gentleman kindly allowed me to make an image of him wearing his World Cup Campaign 2006 shirt.
I can remember when Jaws came out. The book was a best seller. Not sure why, it was pretty crap. The public queued right around the corner to get into the cinema. The film was being shown constantly to cope with the madness. There’s one scene where a bloke’s head appears from a submerged boat that old jaws has practically bitten in two and everyone in the cinema jumped out their skin. The book has a bit of sex in it which didn’t appear in the film. This gentleman kindly allowed me to make an image of him wearing his Jaws t-shirt which he’d found in a Charity shop sale for 50 pence, a bloody bargain ! It’s retro you see. We got onto the subject of his tattoos. There’s the one of Frankenstein and it you look closely you can see one of Christopher Lee as Dracula just poking out from the arm of his t-shirt.
I homed in on this man’s t-shirt. His name is Les and he’s from nearby Matlock he told me or as I tend to call it “fuckin Matlock”. That’s what my mates and I call it anyway. It comes from this one time when they asked a bloke where he was from and he replied “fuckin Matlock” so it stuck and now it’s always “fuckin Matlock”. I told Les this story and he laughed, he didn’t mind at all. He told me he’d got several interesting t-shirts, one with Indians on the front. I assume that’s North American Red Indians rather than Indians from the Asian sub continent. I like Les’ shoulder bag, I want one, i
I asked this chap if he had a motorbike, “no” he replied “just this walking stick”.
I’m enjoying a new approach to my photography. Just plucking up the courage to approach people and start talking. There’s a big loneliness problem been identified in this country at the moment, isolation, depression and mental illness. People generally like it when someone takes an interest in them and what they’re doing. I usually just start by catching their eye, nodding at them and saying “hello”, “y’alright” or “heyup”. If they respond the same it’s usually a good indication that they can talk. A person with a dog is more often than not only too happy to talk about their dog. I could talk about my dog for hours. This gentleman wasn’t sure what the cross breed of his dog was, possibly Staffie-Bulldog cross ? It was bloody strong but extremely gentle and interested ! When I asked if I could make an image it posed beautifully as you can see.
I’ve been inspired recently by the work of two photographers I’m following on Instagram. I owe a debt of gratitude to these two particularly for giving me fresh inspiration in my work. Check them out.
Carl Anthony Bull https://www.instagram.com/lords_of_the_earth who goes by the name of lords_of_the_earth is documenting the nearby city of Derby. He’s meeting, talking to and photographing all kinds of interesting characters. https://www.instagram.com/lords_of_the_earth
Andrew Johnston – andrewj.98 is similarly documenting his home city of Belfast. A place I’ve not yet been to but this work really gives you a feel for the nitty gritty and characters of this place. A city which has had more than it’s fair share of sectarian troubles in the past and no doubt sill feels the scars.