Tuesday With Vous: Samuel Marlow

Remember my friend Samuel?  Well, he’s basically one of the coolest people ever.  And not just because he’s my very first two-time contributor to Tuesday With Vous… All-around, he’s an awesome filmmaker and person and I’m thrilled that he’s sharing his day with us for a second time.  Because he was shooting film and because he wanted to show you a day in London, these photos are actually from last Friday, not Tuesday.  I know that’s kind of like cheating, but when you’re a two-time contributor here on LKS, the rules don’t apply.  Now, take it away, Samuel! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

I had such fun on the previous Tuesday With Vous, I jumped at the chance to have another go, if for no other reason than try my newly-acquired (though in itself very old) Halina 35X.

This is only the second roll of film I have put through the camera, and the first colour film, since replacing the light seals in a DIY fix. It’s an old camera (1959) with many quirks that I’m still getting used to.

As a result of one of these (a sticky rewind wheel) I thought the film had fully rewound and exposed the first few frames to light by accident. Luckily only a couple of shots were lost, and I could work around it.

Another of the camera’s idiosyncrasies is that the focus, shutter speed and aperture must all be guessed, meaning the exposure can be a it hit-and-miss.

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Getting to bed late is nothing new for me, but I am particularly aware of it with the Solstice just a week away. I took this as a souvenir.

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This shot was exposed when I took the back off the camera. I’ll know for next time…

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The greenery has exploded the last few weeks. Combination of rain and sun.

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The bus dropped me off opposite Tunbridge Wells’ war memorial.

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Getting close to Charing Cross.

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Underground, overground, Monument free.

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An ugly photogenic urban oasis amid new buildings going up on Leman Street in Tower Hamlets.

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New and old. Clean and dirty.

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View West down Oxford Street, looking gratifyingly quiet.

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The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up. Sadly prophetic as Michael Llewelyn Davies, on whom the statue was based, died in a suspected suicide pact at the age of 20.

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People on Westminster Bridge in rush hour.

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Southbank in the evening sun.

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Soft focus.

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Visiting the NT Prop Store reminds me why I initially trained as a production designer.

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Still enough light in the sky to photograph outdoors.

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Selfie in the train window.

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Home by midnight to a nice green glow.

Be sure to check out Samuel’s website, take a peek at his work, and follow him on twitter, too.  He’s a real Tunbridge Wells talent and I’m forever grateful that he took the time to share his day with us… twice! xx 

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