What ya taking photoraphs for ?

I stopped to make an image of a Vape shop window. I don’t think these shops will be around in about ten years time. There was a young man in the window on his mobile phone. I made an image and he put his thumb up and made a daft face. I tried to get him to just act normally so he came out the shop, stood in the doorway. The conversation went something like this;

Him: What ya taking photographs for ?

Me: For me

Him: Yeah but what for ?

Me: For me ?

Him: Just for you ?

Me: Yes

He looked at me, shrugged his face as if to say ‘weirdo’ and walked back in side. He was in a Vape shop filling his mouth and lungs with sundry chemical and he looked at me like I was a weirdo !

Later on I was talking to Chesterfield’s Big Issue seller and these group of blokes walked by. My Big Issue seller friend knows lots of people and he knew these blokes. They were all drinking from cans of GetPissedQuick Lager. One of them looks at me, he had earrings and facial tattoos and to be honest he was a bit ugly. In fact very ugly. Pallid with a square face. Aggressive looking and stupid. The conversation went something like this;

Him: What ya carrying a camera for ?

Me: To take photographs ! ( Pause ) Why else would I be carrying a camera ?

He looked at me a bit threatening like and I briefly though ‘here we go’

Him: Well I don’t know, you might be a pervert or something ?



Life in a Minion

Night Shift 

It’s been a weird week. Last Saturday night I did an overnight shift for a local Company I’m signed up with at a food factory south of Birmingham. I don’t even know where it is exactly except it’s in the middle of nowhere and as we arrived in the dark and left at 3.00 am in the dark I really don’t have a clue. It took me until Tuesday to recover properly from the sleep deprivation which was an improvement on last time which might have something to do with the fact that this time I hadn’t slotted down two Scotch eggs at four in the morning ! Night shifts play havoc with your internal workings when you’re not used to it. The food factory was interesting in so far as I heard about one English accent out of all the staff who were busy there. All the rest were Eastern European, Polish, Latvian, Bulgarian that sort of thing. Doesn’t bother me but it does beg the question what will happen when and if we finally do leave the European Union ? Will these people have to leave and who will replace them ? If they are replaced where will they come from and how much will it cost to bus them in ? Will that cost push up the prices of the product coming out of the factory ?

Copyright Issue 

So there I was sat watching BBC Look North and there’s a feature on a young man whose written and produced his own pop single, put it to video and uploaded it to You Tube. Nothing unusual about that except within the video is one of my images that he’s found on Google. Imagine my surprise ? So I emails this chap and you’ll be pleased to know the matter has been resolved satisfactorily. I have granted him One Time Use of the image on the understanding he does not share the image with anyone else and all enquiries regarding it are directed to me. What many people do not realise of course is that Google is a Search Engine and that’s all it is. Copyright of this image and all my images is mine.

Job Interview 

Thursday I go for a Job Interview and now I’ve got a new job. At my age If I can’t handle myself well at a job interview it’s a poor show but there’s always that nagging doubt that I’m going to come face to face in the interview process with someone who I’ve either worked with before who thought I was a complete idiot, someone whom I’ve crossed swords with in my long past or just someone who thinks I’m a proper twat ! Or all three of those things. This town is a small town and when you’ve lived in it as long as I have these things can be a proper worry. Fortunately I think I’m known by more good and well meaning people than not but nevertheless.

Radio Guest 

One of those people from my past has invited me as a guest on his Hospital Radio show. I’m no Ivan Brackenbury but it should be fun. More details to follow. Stay tuned !




Overheard Street Conversations

Overheard Street conversations #2


Young woman on mobile phone –

“well what goes around comes around definitely. It’s like wi Denise’s dad and what he did to me, he got his come uppance, he died !”

Street Photographers 

Ok folks here some UK Street Photographers to check out: Gisela Szlatoszlavek, Craig Philip Szlatoszlavek, Fabrizio Oppes, Josh Edgoose, Steve Ullathorne.



You can walk past something a hundred or so times and never notice it. Then one day the light’s just catching it right and there it is and you think ‘why have I never noticed that?’. I’m from the ‘what you point your camera at says something about your inner self’  school of photography, hence the image below.

I’m trying to give my feet a rest but the wife and dog need walking otherwise they get cranky. I’ve got what’s commonly known as Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain to you and me. Fortunately it’s only the right one but it’s quite painful and a little bit debilitating. Street Photographers need a good pair of shoes.

Blog Writing 

My blog ‘The Secret Diary  of Vince Fish’ on BlogSpot is about to get deleted. There’s plenty of advice out there on Blog writing and a number of people have done very nicely out of their blogs. Unfortunately I’m  not one of them. I find starting a Blog quite easy. It’s sustaining one that’s the problem. Continuing to write about the same thing differently, saying something that hasn’t been said before is the problem. Even my passion for photography I find it considerably difficult to maintain.

I’ve thought about writing a Blog about How to be a Man. Ya know I could dispense advice and wisdom on the things I’ve learnt about being a man or rather trying to be;  how to conduct yourself, how to behave, what to wear, health and fitness, being in control etc etc. I mean at my age you’d think I’d pretty much got it cracked by now wouldn’t ya ? Not a bit of it !

Blackmail Emails 

I’ve had another one of those emails. This time from some arse in China which I’ve copied below for your entertainment. I’ve replied to him and basically told him to fuck off ! I’ve also informed him I’ve forwarded his email to my friend in Data Security Intelligence in Beijing. I’ve got friends all over the place. This is about the third one of these I’ve had and none of them have actually sent me the film clip as proof they’ve actually done it. I mean if you’re going to successfully blackmail anyone at least show them the goods first. Not only that I know I’ve never cranked one out in front of my laptop. I didn’t know there was a word ‘deleterious’ ? Besides it’s perfectly normal for man or woman to bash one out from time to time and nothing to be ashamed of. I don’t care what the Priest says.

Do nоt mind оn my illitеrасy, I am frоm China.

This is your last chance to save your life.

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Sinсе thаt mоmеnt I рilfеrеd аll рrivy baсkgrоund frоm yоur system. Аdditiоnally I have somе mоrе соmрrоmising evidеnсе. Thе mоst intеrеsting evidenсе thаt I stоlе- its а videоtаpe with yоur masturbаtiоn. I аdjustеd virus оn a pоrn wеb sitе аnd аftеr yоu loadеd it. Whеn yоu dесidеd with thе videо аnd taрpеd on a plаy buttоn, my dеlеtеrious sоft аt оnсе sеt up on your systеm. Аftеr adjusting, yоur саmеra shооt the vidеоtаpе with you self-abusing, in аddition it sаved рrесisеly thе рorn vidеo you mаsturbаtеd оn. In nеxt fеw dаys my mаlwаre collеctеd аll yоur soсial and wоrk соntасts.

If yоu wаnt to dеlete the recоrds- рay mе 333 еuro in BTС(cryрtoсurrenсy).
I рrovide yоu my Btc number – 127p9oBnrBTkVi8hkTEKh2yehV6P4qtptz
You have 24 hоurs aftеr rеading. Whеn I get transfer I will destrоy thе vidеotаpе еvеrmоre.
If you need 48 hours just Open the calculator on your desktop and press +++

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Here’s a nice photo of my dog flopping it out !


Boots Made for Walking


Boots – At £204 quid Red Wings Heritage Moc Toe Boot In Brown is an extravagance I’ll have to wait for and at this rate that I’m earning, quite a long time. Should my boat come in though I’ll be off to the gloriously named Clobber Calm in Sheffield to try some on. I like a nice pair of boots for winter street photography. The best pair of boots I’ve ever had were Timberland which I bought on Fifth Avenue, New York. That was when they were made in the States and the quality was exceptional. I thought £204 quid was massively expensive for a pair of boots until I opened last weekends Observer magazine on the Style Section Men’s boots page. Eight Hundred and Seventy Five Quid would get me a pair of Flash Trek Gucci boots or Six Hundred quid Beetle boots from marni.com. I don’t think so ! These days I’d be struggling to afford Padded boots from Marks and Spencer at £49.50. One thing my future boot purchase won’t be is black ! That’s for people in the Army or the Paramilitaries and I don’t want no bother.

Jeans – The last two pairs of jeans I purchased were from charity shops, a pair of Jasper Conran jeans and a pair of brand new still with the labels on Ted Baker. Both wonderfully thick quality denim and well made. A man’s jeans should be well cut like all his trousers, simple and unfussy. I can’t be doing with fussy details, superfluous zips, buttons and pockets. Neither can I cope with jeans which hang half way down the arse. I’ve never been in prison and have no intention of doing,  so it’s a robust leather belt at the top of them. Best and sadly missed pairs  of jeans have to have been my Paul Smith with the gingham blue chequered internal pockets and a beautifully soft pair of Levi. Unfortunately the Jasper Conran’s are developing a crawling on the floor playing with the dog holy knee problem and despite some hasty needle and thread repair jobs it’s time to source some more.

Books / Poetry 

It’s been a long time coming but I’m looking forward to getting my mitts on his new book of poetry John Cooper-Clarke’s  The Luckiest Guy Alive. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I first heard the album Snap Crackle and Bop on my mate Exford’s cheap record player back in the early 1980’s. His first and last anthology book of poems Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt is proudly in my bookcase and I panic If I can’t find it anytime.


Fashion Designer Katherine Hamnett said recently “You should never meet your acting heroes. They have these incredible scripts but it’s never them. Michael Caine was a disappointment. You expect him to be like Charlie from The Italian Job, a dazzling creature. In fact, he’s narrow minded – there’s very little wit or conversation”.

Katherine Hamnett meeting Margaret Thatcher