Portrait Photography

good bye 2015

Ok, I put my hands up, I've been terrible at blogging in 2015. I have been lucky enough to shoot lots of film and just haven't had the time to share everything I intended. So I thought I'd put together a little mix of some of my favourite work from the year and, I promise, I'll be better in 2016! Happy new year!

Film photography by Katharine Peachey (14 of 24).jpg
a portrait of Felicity by Katharine Peachey (1 of 1).jpg
Film photography by Katharine Peachey (8 of 24).jpg


styling the seasons

Back in June, I teamed up with the wonderful Katy Orme from Apartment Apothecary, to photograph an event she was organising with Charlotte from Lotts & Lots. It was sponsored by the online interiors community, At Mine, where members can share photography of their own homes - if you're a fan of interior design then do check it out. It all took place at the crafting heaven of Home Made London and was a floral wreath workshop attended by some rather special bloggers and creatives. Flowers + clever people = lots of pretty pictures. Here's how it looked.

Film developed and scanned by the UK Film Lab

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Event photography on film by Katharine Peachey (14 of 38).jpg
Event photography on film by Katharine Peachey (15 of 38).jpg
Event film photography by Katharine Peachey (29 of 38).jpg
Event photography on film by Katharine Peachey (34 of 38).jpg

now portrait

These people are all strangers to me. I have never met them before and most likely won’t again.

I don’t usually just go up to randoms in the street and photograph them but this is all part of an exciting new project call NOW Portrait set up by my friend and fellow photographer Lucy Williams. It’s all about making connections through photography and this was my first contribution to it (more to come, I’m now addicted). It’s such a simple little thing but it really shifts your perspective - of people, of photography, of the world even. It makes you realise that all those people, rushing about, with places to go and stony faces - all you need do is stop them for a second and they are more than likely rather nice. Somehow the camera gave me a little ticket into their world, just for a few minutes, open and warm, they often gave them a little bit of their story. I decided to start the project on the day I was to travel to Halifax for another shoot and so it begins at Paddington Station. Thanks so much to Janet, Sam, Lydia, James & Pam. Here they are.

All photographs are film. Kodak Portra. Contax 645.

 Janet was the 1st person I photographed for the project and I met her at Paddington Station, I noticed her because of her wonderful bright red jacket. She was watching everyone go by and told me she liked to look at what people were wearing and that it was a such shame everyone dressed in such drab colours. Janet was waiting to meet a friend who was about to become a grandmother for the first time. Since Janet was already one several times over (she's 81 you know!) she was going to give some advice on the matter. She was such a lovely bright eyed lady.

Janet was the 1st person I photographed for the project and I met her at Paddington Station, I noticed her because of her wonderful bright red jacket. She was watching everyone go by and told me she liked to look at what people were wearing and that it was a such shame everyone dressed in such drab colours. Janet was waiting to meet a friend who was about to become a grandmother for the first time. Since Janet was already one several times over (she's 81 you know!) she was going to give some advice on the matter. She was such a lovely bright eyed lady.

 I met Lydia whilst working on a project for the fantastic  Orangebox Youth Centre  in central Halifax. She is 17 and works there as an intern but is hoping she'll be made a permanent member of staff once her internship ends. She gave me a tour of the place and this shot was taken in the skatepark on the building's roof. She was a delight; passionate and proud of the centre, keen to show guests around and tell them all about the place. They should hire her and make her the boss.

I met Lydia whilst working on a project for the fantastic Orangebox Youth Centre in central Halifax. She is 17 and works there as an intern but is hoping she'll be made a permanent member of staff once her internship ends. She gave me a tour of the place and this shot was taken in the skatepark on the building's roof. She was a delight; passionate and proud of the centre, keen to show guests around and tell them all about the place. They should hire her and make her the boss.

 This is Sam. I met him along the lovely Halifax arm of the canal towpath on the Hebble Trail, having a cheeky smoke. Anyone who can smoke and ride a bike at the same time has my respect. We didn't chat much but before we parted he shook my hand and said thank you.

This is Sam. I met him along the lovely Halifax arm of the canal towpath on the Hebble Trail, having a cheeky smoke. Anyone who can smoke and ride a bike at the same time has my respect. We didn't chat much but before we parted he shook my hand and said thank you.

 This is Pam she was on her way home to Todmordon in West Yorkshire. She works for local government in Halifax. I had duffel coat envy.

This is Pam she was on her way home to Todmordon in West Yorkshire. She works for local government in Halifax. I had duffel coat envy.

 James was running for a train and yes, I was that annoying person to delay him and ask him something. He was kind enough to stop, pose and then run off again, off to catch a train to Manchester where he studies. Hope he didn't miss it.

James was running for a train and yes, I was that annoying person to delay him and ask him something. He was kind enough to stop, pose and then run off again, off to catch a train to Manchester where he studies. Hope he didn't miss it.

the beginning

I've never understood why we celebrate new year in January. To me, it feels the opposite of a beginning; daylight is short, the trees are still skeletal, the weather even colder, surely it's the real close of the year? I think it makes more sense to treat March as the start of the new, so I have decided to celebrate a new year in Spring. Not just to be contrary, I am hoping this will allow me to enjoy the final winter months rather than wallowing amongst all those broken resolutions that never had a hope of taking root (because nothing grows this time of year). And there are plenty of wintery treats still left to enjoy - slow cooking, open fires, frosty window panes - and the winter light in particular. Perhaps because it's so scarce at this time of year, winter sunlight is magical and those blue skies, life affirming - so much more so at this time of year than any other I think. I just vow to get out there more and take more photographs. Although that might sound a bit like a resolution, mightn't it?

Winter blues, copyright K.Peachey.jpg
Winter tree and bus stop, copyright K.Peachey copy.png
Blackheath, copright K.Peachey.jpg
Hats and hoods, copyright K.Peachey.jpg
The sands copyright K.Peachey (1 of 1).jpg
Chimneys copyright K.Peachey (1 of 1).jpg
Open fire. Copyright K.Peachey 2013 (1 of 1).jpg