THERE IS A TIME when everyone's else preservation gene screams in their ear to duck, run and get the f**k outa there. For many, that gene kicks in well before trouble arrives. Mine is a bit sluggish and I have, over the years, found myself with the reaper tapping my shoulder and whispering it might be time.
HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED into the face of the past? No this isn't the start to a Dickens novel, it's a thought I had in a secondhand camera shop late last year when I found a shelf with some boxes of glass negatives from the 1890s. Each piece of 5x4 inch glass held a moment in time from before even my grandparents were born, yet the subjects had once been living and breathing people. Who they were, where they lived, what names they were called I had no idea, but it didn't seem to matter. I just wanted to meet them.
BROWSING IN A LOCAL used camera store, I can across an old camera. Nothing unusual there, but this one was different. The camera is made by Kodak, a trusted name in photography for generations and through my research I discovered it was made in 1918. A date burned into the consciousness of every one from the Commonwealth as the year the First World War ended.
I had already photographed the First World War battlefields and wanted to show there is still a direct connection with that conflict. Mankind should learn from history and not see it as a bunch of random events that sit in books. So I wanted to work with people, but how? Anyone actively involved in the conflict is no longer with us.
LAST AUTUMN I filmed the harvest and processing of grapes from an English vineyard. The grapes used by Lyme Bay Winery to make English sparkling wine which is, in my opinion, better than Champange. This film follows the story of the grapes being picked and their progress through to the winery.
It currently resides on Youtube on my channel, which is about to become populated with some new material.