Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Genesis is the very beginning of something; the starting force. He is mine.
This is my grandfather, some 68 years ago. And he's why I'm where I am. There is no moving around that. I simply wouldn't be in this city, at this school, with a camera in my hand, trying to find the right images, without what he has done for me.
His name was Charles Robert Turnbull, but he went by Bob (or Gee to the family). He passed away a few years ago but he won't ever be absent to me. I've been holding on with all my will to his memory; his life. There are a lot of very important and prestigious things he did in his life, but to me he'll always be the man who gave me my first (second, third, and fourth) camera(s). He taught me all he could and I don't think I'll ever know how deeply he shaped my life. The world legacy comes to mind when I think of him. I'd like to be his legacy, with my actions and images and deeds.
A few years ago I made this little video if you want to know any more.

There Isn't a Thing in the World Like 35mm

I couldn't tell you what it is. Perhaps it's analogue romanticism, or holding a little negative in your hand. But maybe it's the feel of having the camera all that much closer to the subject. Without the hassle of checking all sorts of settings, and especially without the need to check the photo immediately afterwards, the subject is so much closer to you. The photographer can feel one layer closer to being part of their picture.
And those colours. Gosh, those colours.
islands of thought and image, connected with a name