Out Out !

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It’s been a difficult year so far, apart from a couple of days work at Peoples Ford Liverpool I have hardly been out with a camera and this bank holiday weekend was the first real chance to be out with my camera this year. I thank my good friends Rich and Elaine for the opportunity to get out and get some fresh air.

Not going in to many details but waiting for my Gallbladder to be removed and daily pain has taken its toll. Not only am I now in daily pain but every now and again when a stone decides to move in to a bile duct I have around 15 hours of intense pain and this can be at any time of day or night at at the most random and annoying times. Lucky for me I had a weekend with minimal issues and was able to get out with my camera, even thought I probably drove my friends mad moaning about my Health !

I have driven past the Marble Church for about 10 years and about 5 years ago I decided I would like to try and photography it. However it’s one of those places on a journey so you very rarely can be bothered to stop. I had a vision in my head of what I would like but as soon as we got there it started to rain. Great for cloud formation but a pain in the arse for rain on the lens !!  I also had a vision of what I wanted to shoot and to be honest the first walk around the Church I realized I was to close and needed to be further away I also had to deal with too much distortion up close and did not have a tilt shift lens.

After taking a few reference shots I decided to move back towards the road where I had seen this Church from and the closer I got to the road the vision I have had for so long started to fall in to place. The rain stopped and a little light hit the church and lit up the graveyard. So I quickly framed the church between the bushes  and grabbed a couple of frames. I was using one of my Fujifilm XT3 bodies and the amazing 10-24mm lens, I normally use this camera just for commercial work and only ever take out my X100F on most trips but decided I wanted something a little wider today and this used to be my default Landscape Lens.

I am quite happy with the shot and I guess it just goes to show all good things come to those that wait ! I think if I had stopped and tried to shoot this Church 5 years ago it would not have been the same !

After the Church we went to the woods, the weather forecast was supposed to be over cast all day but over the last few years I think these little showers have been quite hard to predict so the cover of the tree canopy in the woods was a good choice.


I think you can tell my mood from my images and I have always noticed this. It’s been a crazy year this year and at times as now, my mood has been quite dark. The irony of going to the woods to shoot bluebells was not lost on me being a black and white shooter  ! I just loved this path and the darkness of the woods so wanted to capture the way the woods made me feel at the time and I think this image did just that.

The next image says a lot to me, I fell out of love with Landscape images because for me there was always something missing ! Without a human element or something living I found it quite hard to connect with some scenes. When I was composing this shot I loved the way the light was hitting the ferns in the foreground and lighting up the bluebells but really did struggle with the empty space on the left ! It was at that point Jake walked in to the scene a couple of frames later I had an image I was happy with.


I had almost fallen out with Photography this year, but it’s surprising how a day out with great company and some fresh air can bring back the urge to make and create images again… I need to go OUT OUT more often !!!

You can find these images on my Instagram account @matt6t6


6 thoughts on “Out Out !

    aussiestreetpics said:
    May 8, 2019 at 3:34 am

    I have been a silent observer of your posts both here and on youtube for a long time as a teacher of street photography which I have discovered late in life. Your approach to that craft also suits my personality. When you recently said that if you walk the streets looking a bit grumpy and somewhat unapproachable then you are seldom bothered by people wondering what you are doing. That really describes me.
    I’d like to add my thoughts and best wishes for the speedy resolution of your health problems. I know a little about the agonising pain associated with gallstones. Fortunately a small one I had some time ago moved on after just a few hours of intense pain. Your health must always be your first priority so I thank you for all you have taught me and wish you a complete and rapid return to good health. Take care,

      matt6t6 responded:
      May 8, 2019 at 5:26 am

      Hi Ian, thanks for the comment. Glad you are enjoying your Photography. It’s been a complicated 2019 that’s for sure I was due to have my gallbladder removed in January but unfortunately had a stroke in December so my life has been turned upside down. Hopefully I can now have my Gallbladder out soon. I have multiple stones unfortunately. The full story of the last two years is mind blowing. I hope to talk about it on a friends podcast at some point.

    Omar Jabr said:
    May 10, 2019 at 6:05 am

    So happy to see you out reconnecting and enjoying photography. You continue to inspire Matt and I wish you a speedy op and full recovery. Very best wishes. Omar

      matt6t6 responded:
      May 10, 2019 at 7:15 am

      Thank you Omar, hope you are enjoying your Van and getting some great trips in.

    Philip Sutton said:
    May 19, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Hi Matt – really sorry to hear about your health issues. I wondered why we had not seen you in a while. Getting old is no fun. If I couldn’t use my cameras and get out I’d go nuts. I love your approach to street – just like me (look totally disinterested, grumpy, zero eye contact or smile), and you use Fuji gear which is also a bonus. Really hope you have a speedy recovery and we can see lots more of your wonderful work. Blessings Philip

      matt6t6 responded:
      May 19, 2019 at 9:43 am

      Thanks Philip, getting better slowly 1 more operation to go. Hopefully within the next 12 weeks then I can start making some plans to shoot Street and make some films.

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