• Roma: What does this photo mean?
  • Student: Well, this photo is devoid of...
  • Roma: Are you shitting me? No one says devoid in real life. It's a bullshit word that you say to feel better about your stupidity. You're bullshitting us. Of course this photo doesn't have this, that and the other. I can look at this photo and say, "This photo is devoid of... grapefruits, hybrid parakeets." Shit, I can go through the alphabet. Devoid? Get outta here.
This is what my kitchen wall looks like now. It’s much more fun than sifting through jpegs.

This is what my kitchen wall looks like now. It’s much more fun than sifting through jpegs.

Hello, Tumblr.

I’m sorry I’ve not used you at all for six months or so. I used to post here quite often - remember that? Ah, those were the days.

So why did I abandon you?

Well, truth be told, it’s because three things happened at once:

1) Flickr, which was previously the host I used for all of my photos, got a massive redesign, and I hated it.
2) Pdexposures (www.pdexposures.com) got a lot more serious, and started to feel like a real thing - as opposed to just being three people swearing at each other.
3) I started to realise that the biggest problems I had with photography were the digital aspects; scanning, editing, digitally curating. Why, as a film photographer, was I tolerating a semi-digital workflow?

The combination of those three elements got me thinking much more about photography, about what I was doing, and what it is I want to be doing - and one of those things involves being much more critical about what I upload and how I upload it.

For too long, my Flickr and Tumblr accounts had been a massive wasteland where I dumped images constantly. Part of that was because I had no overall plan, but also because it felt like if I wasn’t uploading a photograph every day, I was somehow not playing the game correctly.

So what did I do instead?

I still took photographs. That never stopped. But I started thinking about projects, about overarching themes, about a purpose. And rather than even deal with digital files, I started making contact sheets and printing images. I even bought a medium format enlarger last month so that I could move to a traditional workflow with my TLRs, too.

And I feel much better for it.

Don’t take this as a judgemental, holier-than-thou post. It isn’t. I’m not knocking the like-chasers, the constant uploaders, the film scanners and the photoshop jockeys; I’ve just come to realise that maybe that’s not for me.

With all that said, here’s a quick recent photo, just to prove I still burn through the HP5+:

Tunbridge Wells.

See you on the other side, folks.

Old town alley. on Flickr.More bikes, more alleys in the Old Town. It’s like catnip.

Old town alley. on Flickr.

More bikes, more alleys in the Old Town. It’s like catnip.

Vines. on Flickr.

Vines. on Flickr.

untitled on Flickr.There was some kind of service going on while I took these shots. I really, REALLY wanted to go in, but didn’t want to intrude.

untitled on Flickr.

There was some kind of service going on while I took these shots. I really, REALLY wanted to go in, but didn’t want to intrude.

In the graveyard. on Flickr.No Carling cans or broken headstones here.

In the graveyard. on Flickr.

No Carling cans or broken headstones here.

untitled on Flickr.Another lovely - and to my eyes, non-traditional - Swedish church.

untitled on Flickr.

Another lovely - and to my eyes, non-traditional - Swedish church.

From Södermalm. on Flickr.I think this was on the last day I was there; Felix and I had found this little hill on a wander the previous night, and I was determined to go back with some slide film during the day.

From Södermalm. on Flickr.

I think this was on the last day I was there; Felix and I had found this little hill on a wander the previous night, and I was determined to go back with some slide film during the day.

untitled on Flickr.Ah, Provia. I do love you so.

untitled on Flickr.

Ah, Provia. I do love you so.