Alys Tomlinson – 19th October 2018

Alys Tomlinson - The Shot I Never Forgot - 'The Family, Coney Island 1998' Black and white photograph of a family walking past ferris wheel in Coney Island

Alys Tomlinson – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘The Family, Coney Island 1998’ (image of original print)

ALYS TOMLINSON – THE SHOT I NEVER FORGOT

‘The Family, Coney Island 1998’

I was 22 and living in New York, finding my feet as a photographer. I would often take the F train down to Coney Island where I’d wander up and down the Boardwalk, too scared to approach anyone but happy to observe what was going on around me. I had my Dad’s old Pentax 35mm and got through roll after roll of b/w film. I could have picked many images from that year in NYC. I was sent all over the place to take photographs for the Time Out Guide to New York. A dream job for an aspiring photographer just starting out. There were many memorable moments – photographing a crazy gay club in Chelsea, spending hours trying to track down an Italian fruit and veg seller in the Bronx, an evening in a smoky Latino jazz club…but this image always stayed with me. Although I loved being in the darkroom, I’ve never been a great printer and I remember getting frustrated trying to print this well. It reminds me of a specific time in my life when I was discovering the joy of photography. When I look at it, I see the innocence of the kids’ expression, the fact that there’s no Mum, just a Dad with his family on a day out, dressed in the Hasidic Jewish way with the Wonder Wheel in the background.

> You can see more of Alys’s work at www.alystomlinson.co.uk

> Alys’s new book ‘Ex-Voto’ is to be published by GOST in Spring 2009, if you would like to support this wonderful new work (and get your hands on a copy of the book first), please visit:

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Simon Carruthers – 20th February 2015

Simon Carruthers - The Shot I Never Forgot - four men chat in roadside lay-by cafe

Simon Carruthers – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Hot Food Next Lay-by’

Simon Carruthers – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Hot Food Next Lay-by

Looking at this photo now it seems hard to believe that it is one of my own – there are so many elements here that are now redundant to my practice. I haven’t carried a 35mm camera for the best part of a decade. I rarely, if ever, shoot in black & white and people are almost always absent from my more recent work. But the real reason that this photo has stayed with me for so long is not nostalgia; it is because, like all the photographs that intrigue me, this photo has an air of ambiguity.

I more of less know the back story to this photo but somehow the facts don’t quite fit with the image. The Shepherd Neame ashtray and Sun newspaper, placed on the coffee table, offer some clue to the location but the space isn’t your typical café and the characters within don’t belong to the Sussex coast. The scene is theatrical but who or what is being picked out and why? Is this some kind of a club and are those posters of military vehicles significant? The photo throws up more questions than it seems willing to answer, inviting the reader to decipher the clues and draw their own conclusions.

www.simoncarruthers.org.uk

Adrian Turner – 30th September 2014

Adrian Turner - The Shot I Never Forgot - girl carries doll through the streets of Oldham in 1970

Adrian Turner -The Shot I Never Forgot – Oldham 1970

Adrian Turner – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Oldham, 1970’

Everything is changing. The streets are being demolished, the mills and factories are closing. Families and friends who grew up together are being split apart. This is the third of a sequence of photographs, in the previous two, the little girl is unaware of me and is walking along happily talking to her doll. I’ve obviously scared her. It’s a shot I wouldn’t take today. Someone recently pointed out the similarity of their eyebrows. I hadn’t noticed that before.

www.adrianturner.co.uk

Mark Power – 21st September 2014

Mark Power - The Shot I Never Forgot - coal miner working in colliery looking towards camera

Mark Power – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Rufford Colliery, Mansfield. 1992’

Mark Power – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Rufford Colliery, Mansfield. 1992’

This picture is from a series made in 1992 called The Dignity of Labour, for which I photographed some of the more ‘challenging’ professions in Britain.

I’d always wanted to visit a working coal mine and this was probably my last chance; Rufford Colliery, situated about five miles northeast of Mansfield, was one of the last surviving pits in Nottinghamshire, not to mention Britain. The men knew their mining days were numbered, and there was much anger and disappointment in the rank-smelling air at the coalface.

In the preceding weeks I’d been reading the complete works of D. H. Lawrence and my mind was full of the romance of it all. But my day at Rufford Colliery put paid to that; this was a tough job, probably the toughest of all those I photographed throughout the project.

That said, only last week I met a man in Stoke-on-Trent who had spend thirty years as a miner, before losing his job in 1991. Without hesitation he declared he’d go back tomorrow, if only he could. Coincidentally, a few days before, in the same city, I chanced upon this poignant quote from John D Rockefeller, engraved into a modest monument to (former) Stoke steelworkers: “I believe in the Dignity of Labour, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living”.

www.markpower.co.uk

Erica McDonald – 3rd September 2014

Erica McDonald - The Shot I Never Forgot - Portrait of a girl holding flag during Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot – ‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

Erica McDonald – The Shot I Never Forgot

‘Emily. NYC, Puerto Rican Day Parade 2008’

I often come back to a photo I took of a young girl named Emily. It was after a parade in the city, and we were in Central Park and she was walking with her family, transitioning from the activity of the day and the public realm back to the a more private frame of mind. We met there, psychologically, and the photo happened very quickly. It was a quiet but real connection and was one of the first times I felt successful in communicating the honest quality of the moment. Maybe I see myself in her, or perhaps it is just that the photo combines many elements that I appreciate in photography, but somehow the memory of the meeting, and the image, stay with me as one in the same.

www.ericamcdonaldphoto.com

Erica McDonald runs DEVELOP, an organisation that provides resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community.

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Jim Mortram – 9th May 2014

JIm Mortram - The Shot I Never Forgot - Black and white image of girl playing with cat on window sill whilst TV plays

JIm Mortram – The Shot I Never Forgot

Jim Mortram – The Shot I Never Forgot

 ‘Untitled’

I’d been working on a story for Small Town Inertia dealing with young families and social housing. After a couple of visits, getting to know the family, as often happens, they were suddenly moved and contact unfortunately lost. This photograph, of the families young daughter feeding a stray cat, really stayed with me, these two young lives looking after one another, whilst both displaced, searching for a place to call home. 

www.smalltowninertia.co.uk