An image blog by Tony Richards

Life after Uni …

I’d always been interested in photography but never actually got around to doing anything about it.
As a late starter I decided to study Contemporary Photographic Practice at UNN. What an eye opener that was, not only to photography but to academia itself.
After graduating 3 long years later I became a photographer, whether that meant I was any good or not remained to be seen, but I had letters after my name and I wasn’t afraid to use them.

10 years later…

Having worked as a photographer for the past 10 years I can honestly say I haven’t really taken any images for my own personal use.
How can that be I hear you ask? Don’t get me wrong, I keep up to date with current methods and technologies for my professional photography. Its just if I’m doing it all day at work, I tend not to do it in my own free time.

I dabbled a little with HDR and other digital techniques but it really wasn’t doing anything for me, so I started to shoot film again (but only briefly), which in turn led me to look further at other historic photographic processes.

I now shoot wet plate collodion ambrotypes/tintypes. What a refreshing discovery. It brings back that first “magic” one feels when processing and printing their first roll of film. Now I have this refound passion in what first got me started in photography. The smell of chemistry, the glow of a safe light, the anticipation, the success and the failure….so here we are, back in the darkroom. Full circle.

About time I set up some sort of photoblog. Had a go at html, flash, pixelpost etc but have now settled on this WordPress theme called Autofocus. The blog and the images are a work in progress. The blog will change as I figure out how the software/code works.

So hopefully this will be updated quite often but we’ll have to see what develops…………see what I did there?


Has it really been 8 years since I started this blog and website? And 18 years since Uni?

Its been a busy few years. I still have a small studio in an old mill in Ancoats, Manchester. I’m still very much shooting wet plate when I can find time. Highlights over the past few years have been John Coffers Jamboree, The European Collodion Weekends, The UK Wet Plate weekends, Phoenix festival and a number of very interesting TV and Movie jobs.

This year I would like to concentrate on streamlining my workflows, selecting certain printing processes including photopolymer gravure, and getting my historic collection fully online with metadata.

Please feel free to contact me about anything of interest.

My main website www.fourtoes.co.uk

My Blog www.fourtoes.co.uk/iblog

My historic collection will be at collection.fourtoes.co.uk