Protest 1993

Protests in Shoreham, England against the transportation of live animals across the English Channel for slaughter in France 1993 ©Stewart Weir 1993

This image was my first published photograph which appeared in the The Guardian and New Statesmen in 1993. People were protesting against the transportation of live animals across the English Channel to France to be slaughtered. Thinking back to how I worked then is not a lot different to how I work now. I prefer black and white film and I prefer quirky cameras like the Contax T2 which was used for this image. In fact I have an urge to discover Pinhole imagery.. the idea of creating images with just an empty box, film and a tiny hole that takes minutes to expose is going to be therapy for my soul. Love digital but it doesn’t have a soul like film does..

 


 

Story behind the image – La Manche

Last light on a cross channel ferry from Calais to Dover. Using a Leica X1 with the ISO rated at 1600, aperture at f2.8 and shutter at 1/30th second. Its an image I didn’t think would work because it was windy so not easy to keep a small camera steady. For me this image works because of the contrast between the water and sky with the faint warm glow of a light in the distance. This image has just been sharpened with no other Photoshop tweaks.