Number Crunching

47 – Number of hours between leaving and returning to Heathrow
35 – Number of hours in Azerbaijan
19 – Number of hours in meetings
12 – Number of hours in the air
07 – Number of hours sleeping
06 – Number of (stupidly large) glasses of vodka
01 – Number of photographs taken

Fujifilm X100T

Airlink DCS Kick-Off Meeting

Two days in Nice on the French Rivera for the Airlink DCS Kick-Off meeting. Staying at the Villa Azur in Villeneuve Loubet, which is practically in the sea….

Nice, October 5/6 2017
Camera: Fujifilm X100T


A quick stroll round the Marina nearby.

Off to Antibes for a night out with Carole.

Arriving at the Belair offices

Great views of the Alps and the sea from the office.

Me (2nd from right), a couple of colleagues, and the Airlink Team


Ely, On Film

I could give half a dozen geeky reasons why I tend to stand develop my medium format films in Rodinal, but they’d all be lies. Ultimately it’s just because I’m lazy.

  • Drop the film in the tank
  • Crash on the couch and watch an episode of totalitarian fly-on-the-wall documentary The Handmaid’s Tale, just so I know what to expect
  • Stop, fix, wash, dry
  • Voilà

However, the last roll of FP4 I developed this way seemed to have a lot more grain than is typical, and just as I was pondering whether I’d done something differently, I came across the remains of a bottle of Kodak HC-110 under the sink. Like Rodinal, HC-110 tends to live forever in its undiluted form and would probably even survive a nuclear holocaust. Which may well prove to be useful, given current events. I’d previously given it a go with a few 35mm films and not been too keen on the results, but I thought it was worth trying on the roll of 120 FP4 I shot last weekend on my trip back to the area I grew up in.

Ely is a small market town about 80 miles north east of London. Not only is it famous for the fact that I went to school there, but it also boasts one of the most magnificent cathedrals in England, dating back to the 11th century. My school always had strong links with the Cathedral, and as such I was required to attend services three times a week. I’m sorry to say it didn’t make me a better person. Under His Eye.

Mamiya 645 Pro TL / Ilford FP4 / Developed in HC-110 Dilution B


Southwest Cutover

Baltimore & Washington
Camera: Fujifilm X100T

First morning in Baltimore and I take a stroll round by the hotel. It’s the usual desolate airport environment, hotels, car parks and not much else. And then, completely incongruously, I come across the Bates Motel.

The extraordinarily utilitarian Springhill Suites


And the awe inspiring view from my home for the month of May

Fortunately there’s a glut of high quality eating establishments in the locale

A quick spur of the moment Uber in to Washington on a cloudy day

Lets go over to our White House correspondent

Protester in front of the White House.

Protest against the Iranian Regime

First days at Baltimore airport

That’s a worrying amount of flights…

Is this the start of the end?

Chillin’ at Chilis

Almost as many dogs as humans fly southwest

Arriving into Washington, this time on the MARC train and on a much nicer day

Union Station DC

Actually his approval rating is nearer 36% now. Just saying

No Trumpsters here, then

This is what the end of a long day with me looks like

The fantastically mediocre Olive Grove

Our last night together, dinner at the wonderful Sushi Q

Back to London, via a long stopover in Detroit

Ah, home