Social documentary photography. People. Life. Telling a story about a time and place. I guess this is what makes myself and Sarah tick as photographers. We enjoy the challenge of stepping out of our front door with a camera and a couple of lenses, going somewhere we haven’t been before, and taking photographs.
We lived together in Derby for the best part of fourteen years. We got married there, our daughter was born there, and Sarah’s family still live there. The picturesque town of Bakewell was somewhere we used to visit on our day off during the wedding season, but we never went to The Bakewell Show. So last month we went. And it rained. A lot. And then it rained again. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind, and yet there was something quintessentially English about carrying on with the show regardless of the weather. Over two days we walked through mud and puddles and took photographs. It was a challenge but incredibly enjoyable to do.
Dealing with the weather
Rain is a problem for photographers and living in the UK we are subjected to a lot of it. Just the process of trying to keep everything dry can become a distraction. It’s not the camera bodies particularly, but rather the lenses and, in the case of my Leica’s, the rangefinder optics. Most of the time I was shooting using zone focusing with a wide angle lens so I didn’t need to focus to take the photographs. This solved the problem of water on the viewfinder. I just needed to see enough to frame the image and take the shot. I have an old Berghaus Rosgill jacket with large front pockets which are the perfect size for a Leica M9 and 28mm lens, so when I wasn’t shooting this is where the camera was stored. We racked up in the region of 25-28K steps each day we were shooting and those that have followed my blogs in the past will know that I’m a great believer in good shoes. The bad back problems that photographers experience are often nothing to do with carrying gear and everything to do with bad footwear. Unfortunately it was so wet underfoot that normal shoes were out of the question and so I dug my old pair of Meindl GTX boots out for the two days. They were great. Everything stayed dry.