Some time ago I started my first photography project. This was centered around a vinyl record pressing works in West London called The Vinyl Factory.
This historic place had been the former EMI pressing works and while a shadow of it’s heyday, still holds a major place in the music industry.
Having taken some images there, I was granted permission to shoot what turned out to be a large number of frames all on film, mostly black and white. This would eventually be put into a book.
In the meantime, some of the images ended up on a vinyl industry blog, and through that came an enquiry to publish some of them in an article in a German tech magazine called Turn On.
These arrived in the post today having been printed and circulated to over 250,000 readers.
I use a camera shop in Luton, Bedfordshire England. It happens to be an Olympus service centre, useful when you have a collection of Olympus cameras.
The following images however were not taken with an Olympus camera. I happened to have my antique shop camera with me. The Voigtlander CLR.
Having parked up, I went to the meter to pay, next to it was this chap called Darren. At the point these images were made he had been on the streets for 11 months.
He works the meter, not just asking for loose change but offering advice on the most effective ticket to buy, especially if the ticket takes you into the free periods.
I guess if gives him a sense of worth and value, offering assistance in return for come loose change. He seemed very proud, so I asked for some photos.
Here is a selection of the results.