Photos, for myself at least, are primarily a way to document the important things in my life. I have a great appreciation for people whom have the talent (and patience) to make a beautiful landscape, but this isn’t for me. I shoot documentary style personal photos of myself, family and friends.
This photo is a self-portrait with my wife and second born son of about 2 days old. After a series of complications with the birth of our first boy (now very well) we were relieved that our second son was born perfectly healthy. After his birth we were able to enjoy 4 days in hospital with just the three of us and nothing to do but soak up the joy of a new born baby.
Coming fresh off a 365 project with polaroid instant film, I was completely out of practice with 35mm. Fortunately, the camera felt right and I managed to come away with by far and away my best photo project to date. No doubt, there’s a heap of sentimental attachment to the set but the emotion and care required to take the series on film very much added to their value. All in all, I shot 6 rolls of Tri-x.
The photo presented here was taken ‘by the window’ with a Leica M6 sitting precariously balanced on a hospital cot. How the camera didn’t fall over with the mechanical timer screwed into the shutter release is beyond me but given the result, I’m glad it didn’t.