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Using Analogue Photography


Charlie Crossley-Thorne Photography

I have been going back through my old archives setting up a new website recently to get my photography on a website that I’m proud of, not just my Tumblr (not that there’s anything wrong with Tumblr). One big thing that I realised is that is that the majority of my photography that I feel proud enough of to share is done on either 35mm or medium format film.

Now I’m not condemning digital, I love how much the use of digital can free you up, in fact I use digital more than analogue. It’s when I come to produce a final product, nine times out of ten; I will choose to use film.

In this post I just want to simply highlight for me what I believe the benefits of using film over digital are.

Charlie Crossley Thorne Photography

The Film Quality

Now you are probably thinking that I’m going to get all biased and talk about the quality of the grain of the film and how nothing can reproduce it (which I do believe by the way). Well I’m not. When shooting on film, especially medium format, scanning the film properly and at a high resolution gives you a sharper and crisper image.

The limitation

When you are working with 36 images only then that puts a sort of barrier in your way. You can’t be trigger happy and waste all 36 of your photos. This limitation makes you think about each photo you are taking. These limitations also force you to think more creatively, when you are presented with obstacles you need to think of new ways of surpassing them.

Learning process

Like with the limitations, using analogue cameras makes you think more about what you are doing, thus making you learn more about what you are doing. You can’t just snap a photo (not at first anyway), you have to change settings and make sure the photo will even look like a photo.

The Darkroom

Using analogue 35mm film means you get to process the film yourself. This is the analogue counterpart of using Photoshop. For me it’s an integral part of the photographic process because of how much you can play around with different things to create cool effects. Using things like bleach or vinegar to mess with your images can look really interesting plus it feels a lot more natural than altering digital files because you can see the direct responses to your changes happen in front of you.

The Price

For the quality nothing can match its price. You can do what’s worth thousands in digital with just hundreds with film.

Other than that there is something about following in the footsteps of the great photographers. People don’t play old blues songs because they are hipster and awkward, they do it because they like to follow in the foot steps of their idols. 

Thank you for reading!

Charlie CT

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YA Exhibition at The Station

Station Exhibition – Perfectionism

Bristol, Exhibition, Painting, Roundup

Last week we were working in collaboration with The Station in Bristol. The Station invited us to curate and produce an exhibition of our choice in one of their rooms. The space was a really nice blank canvas for us to project our ideas onto. We had recently produced the second issue of our zine/small publication called YA and decided to use the subject of that, which is Perfection, as the starting point for our ideas. What we wanted to covey in the space was the thought that the ideas you have in your head are the perfection of what you want something to look like. We also wanted to physically react to the space we were given so we combined the two and tried to create as simply as possible but still retaining a bold aesthetic, something that showed our perfect ideas of how we would utilize the space. The exhibition will be on throughout December until the 4th of January.



I felt the exhibition was a great opportunity for us all to work on something together, and to produce this collaborative exhibition as a team. I really enjoyed the set up, especially the painting onto the walls – I think we managed to produce a really innovative and interesting exhibition, and to a certain degree we have to thank The Station for allowing us to paint onto their walls!

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I really enjoyed the entire process of putting on the exhibition from beginning to end. My favourite thing was meeting and having a blank space in which we could do (nearly) whatever we wanted. Being able to realize an idea and watch it change and grow was really cool. I want to thank the station for giving us the opportunity and I hope if you get the chance to go and see it then I hope you enjoy it. If you can’t make it, here are some images of us working:

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I think that the most interesting part of the exhibition was the contrast between what we had written and the space it was in. They were pretty much opposites! Our perfect space had “blacked out windows”, “diffused light” and “grey fabric” – none of which the station had. It was almost as though they were directions for how we could change the station into our perfect space

This was my first chance to experience the process of creating an exhibition. It was interesting watching it develop, and getting a chance to create parts of it! Looking at the finished exhibition was great because it showed all the work we put into it.


My absolute favourite part of working on this exhibition is that each member of YA seemed to step out of their comfort zones to work with words.

We are all more of a visual group, primarily made up of photographers, fine artists and graphic designers and not particularly sterling at writing. Or so we thought.

Except for some rushed coursework evaluations (usually after extensive alcohol consumption!), our individual practices and studies often don’t allow us time to be creative with writing, so this naturally makes us doubt our capabilities in it.

For this Perfectionism Exhibition we wanted to address the truth that imagination of something does not always translate into an accurate reality. To do this we wanted to use descriptions of our ideal exhibition spaces.

From the end result scrawled across the walls of The Station it seemed all we needed was a blank space and a little confidence in our own voices to show how assertive and expressive ideas could look.

We proved to ourselves that we may all be visual practitioners, but language can be visual too.

Singing Multiple Notes


This video is by the incredible funk/soul band, Snarky Puppy. I highly recommend searching them out and listening to some of their stuff, but the main article of this post is a video they did with Lalah Hathaway

The idea that a human voice can make multiple notes is pretty ridiculous but it is possible. Take Mongolian throat singing for example. What I find so amazing about Lalah Hathaway is the how precise she is with it and not only does she creates 2 notes, no she sings 3 different notes at once! If you don’t want to watch the entire video then skip to around the 6:10 mark.

Please enjoy and thanks for reading!

Charlie C-T

Michael Cina

Drawing, Painting, Printing, Uncategorized

I was trying to think of something to write about for the blog, and decided to look through my vinyl collection to find something to listen to whilst undertaking the task. I find if I listen to music on the computer I will see a video and watch it and then get lost in the wonderful world of procrastination, where as if I listen to music from a different source it is harder to get distracted. Anyway, I was looking though my vinyl when I stopped to put on “Half Of Where You Live” by Gold Panda. This is one of my favorite albums not only for the music but also for the album art. It’s so intricate and interesting I decided I wanted to post something to do with this album art!

On further inspection I saw two names on one of the sleeves. “Designed by Michael Cina” and “Artwork by Andy Gilmore”. I want to focus on the first of these two, Michael Cina, and I will probably come back to do another post at some point on Andy Gilmore.

One basic Google search of Michael Cina and I found a treasure trove of colour, shape and beauty.

I don’t want to say too much about his work because I want you to make your own minds up about them. What I am going to say is that I really, really want some of his prints. Sadly they are out my price range, but my birthday is coming up soon… All jokes aside, please go and check out these amazing works for your self!

Thanks for reading!

Charlie CT

Jake Fried – Hand drawn animation

Animation, Drawing, Music, Other, Video

Recently I have been thinking a lot about different types of animation and came to the conclusion that I really want to do a hand drawn animation. I have been looking on vimeo and various places on the internet for inspiration and I came across Jake Fried.

I really like the style of his animations where he uses white space as much as dark space. I also really like the sound track that goes with them, for instance in “Last Meal” the sound of people eating slowly turns into a odd unnatural soundscape, mirroring the change in the animation. I think the constantly changing images are intricate and beautiful and juxtapose the mystery in the story telling. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired by them like me.

Check out the rest of Jake Fried’s work, and thanks for reading!

Charlie C-T



The Photographers Gallery – Afronauts (Deutsche Börse Photography Prize)

Drawing, Photography

On Wednesday the 8th of May, I went up to London with my foundation art course for the day and a few of us decided to go to the photographers gallery and see Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013. If you haven’t been to the photographers gallery I recommend you do, it has great exhibition space, a nice cafe and a wonderful bookshop full of all sorts of photography stuff from film cameras to reasonably priced and well printed books.

My favourite work showcased in the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize was the work of Cristina De Middel. She is a Spanish artist that has been nominated for her first book The Afronauts. It was really interesting to see her work in a photography prize because some of her work isn’t so much photography as it is drawing.

I really enjoyed the exhibition and recommend you go and see it if you go up to London soon. The other 3 photographers are also great but I just though Christina De Middel’s work was funny, interesting and aesthetically pleasing (plus I love Sci Fi). If you want to know any more about the show or the work, follow the links provided and thanks for reading.

-Charlie CT

Sunday Roundup

Photography, Roundup

Charlie CT:

Ed Clark was a photographer for life magazine that I have admired for years. Any time I want inspiration to just pick up my camera and use it, I look to him.


Recently I’ve really gotten into the work of Hunter S. Thompson, mainly because his fast paced, jumpy style is the perfect distraction from various deadlines. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Thompsons work is accompanied by Ralph Steadmans illustrations, depicting the surreal world of the journalists hallucinations. After reading the book I started to research Steadmans own work, and found it really inspiring. Take a look HERE



Earlier this year Jonylah Watkins died from bullet wounds. She was only 6 months old.


Here is an excerpt from George V Higgins’s terrific novel Cogan’s Trade. His strong point is dialogue, which 99% of the novel consists of but the action scenes are always this detailed:

Gill stopped the 4-4-2 with the open right rear window even with the driver’s window of the Cadillac. Trattman looked lazily at the car. He looked back at the traffic light.
Cogan ran the 30-06 Savage semi automatic rifle out the rear window of the 4-4-2 and fired five times. The first bullet crazed Trattman’s window. Trattman lurched off to the right and was snubbed abruptly. Cogan said: ‘Good for you, Markie, always wear your seat belt.

And here is how the scene looks in the 2012 film Killing Them Softly:

Random Acts

Music, Nature, Performance, Television, Video

I was flicking through the channels on TV to find something on to watch and when I got to Channel 4 I was confronted with this video as part of their random acts which are video interventions somewhat like a flashmob but for telly.

I jumped straight to the computer to share it with everyone because of how impressive and cool it is. I think what is happening is that he is using the vegetables and fruit as an electrical output and they are hooked up to the synth he has essentially making them another key on the piano. Never the less this is still really fun and clever.

Check out the guys soundcloud and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

-Charlie C-T

Jean-Luc Moulène

Painting, sculpture

Some time in late 2012 I went to Oxford with my art foundation course and visited Modern Art Oxford among other things. My favorite thing about the trip was the exhibition on at Modern Art Oxford which was a Jean-Luc Moulène solo exhibition.

There were two things that stood out for me; his brass/glass knots and the monochrome paintings using ink from biros. I have been looking a lot to Jean-Luc Moulène for inspiration with the project I’m doing at the moment. I really like that in his practice he isn’t afraid to use many different mediums; video, paining, sculpture etc.

He has quite a large body of work so hopefully you also find something about his work interesting and inspiring like I do.

-Charlie CT