Back to Northumberland


We somehow managed to have a bit of luck and happened to book ourselves a few nights in a cottage on the weekend with the hottest, sunniest weather ever. This never happens to us. We are literally followed by rain and clouds everywhere we go. Evenings in the cottage, spent watching the chickens in the front, and days spent in the grounds of Cragside or by the river in Rothbury.


We'd arranged the weekend to work around the bank holiday, and the food festival on in Rothbury. We left with some amazing Sourdough bread and sausages. And a mild case of sunstroke for me. After our eventful Holland road trip, being back in Northumberland with quiet nights and slow days was exactly what we needed.


Horses of War


A demonstration of the role of horses in the First World War. Part of the Festival of Transport, Beamish open air museum.


Whitby People

I don't often photograph people anymore, but I'd been watching a lot of Bruce Gilden on youtube the night before and it obviously had an effect on me. Also, I can't believe how busy Whitby is even in winter. They had donkeys and fairground rides and everything.


Above, Nikon FM2N. Below, Mamiya RZ67

Kodak Brownie


I'm really terrible for going on and on about cameras and film and photography to anyone that will listen. One of the perks of this is that when people find an old camera in their loft the first person they think of is me. I've got quite a good collection of old cameras now in various states of disrepair, and to be honest I never usually try and put any film through them. They're just nice to have. However, when somebody gave me this old Brownie a few weeks ago I thought I'd just go for it. I knew that you can put 120 film through as long as you have a 620 spool to collect the film on. Luckily, when I opened the camera up, there was a 620 spool sitting right there waiting for me. So I loaded it up and took it with me to the coast.


As I wasn’t using 620 film, I had no markings to tell me how much I should be winding the film on after each shot. To my credit, I was close, but as you can see there was a bit of overlapping. If I use it again I’ll bear this in mind. However, for a box camera that is older than my mother, I was very pleasantly surprised with the results! That ivy covered house is pretty damn sharp.