Once more with meaning – black and white

I've written before about the power of black and white photography when it comes to conveying emotion. Back in April, on St George's Day in fact, a lunatic in a van ran down people just going about their everyday business on Yonge Street in Toronto. Why he chose that way to express his frustrations maybe…

5 Frames with the Minolta Maxxum 7000

I was recently looking for another 35mm camera and, browsing the web one lunchtime, I came across some reviews of the Minolta Maxxum 7000. A while later I found one at a local camera fair with the classic 50mm f1.7 lens. The vendor assured me that it was in working condition and although I had…

Shooting with a dead format

In 1996 Kodak introduced the Advanced Photo System, or APS. Aimed largely at the consumer market, we could now buy film smaller than 35mm in a single cartridge, load it into specially designed cameras without having to spool film, so no risk of the film coming loose from the end spool, and shoot. You could…

Toronto Wolfpack vs All Golds

This weekend saw the unbeaten Toronto Wolfpack take on the Gloucester All Golds, the only professional rugby league team owned by a British university. Unfortunately for the All Golds they weren't able to halt Toronto's inexorable march to the Championship, but they played well and showed bags of spirit on a very warm Canadian summer…