As a photographer, I’m always looking for new subjects to photograph. Sometimes though returning to a previous location can be just as rewarding. Revisiting a place will never result in replicating an earlier experience, things will always be different. Light, time, season and weather are near impossible to duplicate. Places evolve, walls, shops, buildings change. Using a different format or lens present new perspectives. Even being in a different state of mind and mood are factors that can lead to new photographic opportunities. So two years after my first visit, on a wet, cold and grey Sunday, I returned to Thamesmead. This time on a sharp and crisp winters day. With clear skies and cold blue light, I found low shadows and distinct contrast, this together with changes in the buildings and landscape resulted in a very different set of pictures. For me, once again proving the value of a revisit. All photographed with Hasselblad 500c/m on Kodak TMAX400 & Kodak Portra 160 film.
Although I bought my first camera aged 15 I never took photography seriously until six years ago. I’d love to say that I’m a lifelong photographer, but the truth is that I spent too many years thinking about it and not doing it. But you know what they say ‘It’s never too late to start’. When I finally picked up a camera again I tried getting into digital photography but in reality, my heart wasn’t in it, I just prefer film. My reasons are no different from most other film lovers. Film slows me down, it makes me understand the worth of any potential photo, it makes me think and just feels better. I love the process, the hands-on feeling of the cameras, developing the film and seeing the results emerging from the scanner or even sometimes a darkroom.