When creating images I’m always looking for the highest quality, both in capture and when I’m retouching.
However just recently I have realised that sometimes image content rules over how sharp,well exposed or even well lit an image is..who would have imagined that !

A fresh faced me with camera at the ready and hair !

Nearly a year ago I lost my mother and as a result I have found myself reminiscing a lot about my childhood and youth.
I decided a few weeks ago to open up my film archives which contain thousands of images spanning 15 or so years.

 


A selection of images I was interested in where those very early rolls I captured. I knew they would likely not be technically great as I was still at the early stage of learning photography but they certainly might bring back some great memories.
As a teenager I was a Scooterist building custom scooters to ride around the country to rallies and put into various shows, in fact it”s how I started and ended up becoming a photographer.

My first custom scooter which started my photography career


My first professional  job was freelancing for a magazine called Scootering back in 1985 and as a result my camera rarely left my side (or neck).
I would capture the scooters,people and friends which where either scooterists skinheads or Psychobillies enjoying life through the 1980’s UK  scooter scene.
Even though the quality in some rolls are not technically perfect as I had expected they might it’s made me realise that sometimes content can be king and the response online (Facebook) to me posting some of these images has been remarkable.
Many people at the time took snaps of the scooters but I suspect not many captured the people and scene in general quite as much. It’s these images that documents the youth culture of this time that creates the most interest even if they are sometimes a stop or so badly exposed.