Sheerness, England, parking around what use to known as Marine Town is hard to find many spare spaces during lock down. This only means one thing, no one is at work and it’s like a Sunday but everyday.
During lockdown I notice there seems to be an awful lot of discarded belongs around where I live. Most of what I see being left out are children’s toys and part of this I think is due to the shutdown the recycling, refuse sites and charity shops are all closed at the moment, yet from what we have seen don’t look like they are going to open anytime soon. Just walking a mile or so from home with the dog brings some surprising finds nearly every morning.
Unsightly to some, great street photography for me. I find it amazing sometimes what some residents will discard onto the street and this not a big city but a sleepy seaside town.
Looks like war zone but this is just one back alley in the town, many alleyways are now like this or even worse still.
Walking back along the seawall brings another discarded find, a child’s scooter. If I post every picture of all the finds I make this blog would go on for ever and a day.
Further along the wall yet more cars parked everywhere, still on the brightside does keep some people employed I suppose and photographers something to shoot during the lockdown period.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 all images taken on Fomapan 100 Classic film at an ISO of 800
Bright sunny morning and I came across this bench with the empty bottle and can from the night before. There is something to be said for empty streets during this lockdown for photographers, it’s either easy to find shots like the one below or harder because you work to a image that is going to work for you.
Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Fomapan 100 Classic film pushed to an ISO of 800
I don’t often do still life photography and this picture has come from an album I found while sorting out my late fathers estate. In the 1950’s he was stationed with Royal Air force in Malta and during that time there he purchased a Voigtländer Vito B camera. It’s a wonderful album full of images he had taken with this camera of the island during the two years he was stationed there.
I used my late father’s Leica M3 with a Summicron 50mm f/2 duel range lens. Shot on the dinning room table using just natural light from a near by window and taken with a timed exposure of f/8 at 1 second on Fomapan 100 Classic film.
This is Linda, she is a fellow dog owner and while out walking our dogs by the seawall I asked if I could take her portrait with her mask, which typifies the way our day to day lives have become during this pandemic.
Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 taken Ilford Delta 400 film using Sunny 16.
I shot this during my allotted exercise with my dog Charlie. At this time of the morning there’s a few people out along this stretch of seafront but there is no one around, no cyclists, runners or other dog walkers. A very strange feeling being alone, me my dog and my Leica camera. As we are only venture out and not go very far from home, it has made it an quite an interesting exercise trying to find subjects to photograph.
Leica M3, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and taken on Ilford HP5 plus film expired 2006 and push one stop.
Shot before the current curfew, on a dull overcast day, this lady was taking her Pomeranian puppy for his first outing at Minster Leas, Isle of Sheppey, England. Wasn’t happy with first image I uploaded yesterday, so with a little dodging and burning in Gimp the result I’m pleased with. To tell the truth I don’t like messing around with my pictures too much, some might say I’m lazy but if it’s not right, I scrap the image.
Leica M3, Summicron 50mm f/2 Duel range on Ilford HP5 plus expired 2006 from my father’s old stock in his fridge and push one stop.
Hope everyone keeping well out there.
While out with the dog before the current curfew, I heard children playing on the beach below the seawall. It was then I noticed the two scooters and a child’s bike resting against the railings.
Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and shot on Fomapan 100 @ 800 ISO using sunny sixteen rule at Minster seafront, Kent England.
Seawall at Marine Parade, Sheerness England on a very wet and windy winters morning in February. I had been looking for reflections that morning but wanted something a little different and found the symmetry of the wall. Incidentally, this is the same part of wall as in my image ‘Parking space’
Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 and shot on Fomapan 100 classic film and pushed three stops to ISO 800.
Minster Leas beach huts, Minster, Kent England. Shot on a very gloomy, windy and wet Sunday morning in February. The sun was trying to break though but didn’t quite manage it. I just love the effect this film gives when it’s pushed three stops.
Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH and shot on Fomapan 100 Classic film @ 800 ISO with a yellow B&W filter.
I took this scene of the seawall in Marine Parade, Sheerness England last year, a little symmetry broken nicely with one line down the shadow of the car.
Leica M3, Summicron-M 35mm f/2 ASPH, taken on Kodak Tri-X film plus a B&W yellow filter.