A few weeks ago, in a state where I was possibly affected by the sun, beer or perhaps both, I set myself a challenge for our upcoming holiday – “This year I’m going to photograph the Broads in the style of Martin Parr. Then I’m going to select, whittle down, edit, arrange and present this trip.”
I’ve been struggling to complete 2.2 with a combination of work and some sort of ‘photographers block’ – this challenge is just what I needed to get me moving on it!
It was a fabulous week. Wall-to-wall sunshine, a gin palace cruiser, the pace of life slowed to 4mph and a different pub every night. I pretty much stuck to my photographic focus, but with Norfolks skies, landscape and wildlife there were a few diversions. I returned with 1,512 photographs, of which perhaps 2/3 are on-theme. I left them a few days, then whittled them down to 200. Another pause and there were 40 left. My final selection is 19.
My challenge was to photograph in the style of Martin Parr. For me that means colourful images of the British on holiday – “Think Of England” and “The Last Resort”. The nature of the Summer of 2018 has also brought back memories for me of past summers, usually visiting the U.K. from wherever we we living at the time, and using my Kodak Instamatic. I’m editing the remaining images to replicate the feel of the photographs that treasured camera produced. Colours from using cheap film and cheap mail order processing. White borders on the prints and soft, vignetted corners.
Here is my final edit, individual images are below:
Remember The Summer Of ’18?
Overall I’m happy with the result of my challenge. I still need to develop some nerve for the more in-your-face shots. I’ve also learned that editing this number of images is a big task, and in future I might be prepared to spend months rather than weeks on it.