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BC: Copyright Tim Watson 2013

FC: The Middle of Nowhere | Tim Watson | Photographs from 2008 to 2012

3: Tim Watson The Middle of Nowhere Photographs from 2008 to 2012 | Copyright Tim Watson 2013

4: Introduction From my mid teens I had always been a musician and had never given a second thought to photography, until 2008 when I was twenty seven. I had bought a digital single lens reflex camera in 2007 to photograph stock for a shop, and then in September of 2008 I was due to travel to Montreuil-sur-Mer in Northern France for a holiday. Without any real prior experience, I decided that I would take some pictures of the town to sell to the local tourist board for them to market the place. This may sound a little cheeky, but it was not at the time because I was aware that I seemed to have the eye needed to ‘see’ photographs and that I had an innate sense of composition. I took a few photographs on that trip to France (two of which appear in this book). I never did follow up on my plan to sell the pictures to the Office de Tourisme, but from that point I was hooked. I began to take more and more pictures and to soak up as much photography as I could. There was something about the black and white pictures of the early documentary photographers that had the biggest effect on me. They somehow seemed to communicate something of great depth that couldn't quite be verbalised. I began to collect books and pored over the work of the great photojournalists of the twentieth century, always evaluating and criticising their and my pictures, trying to work out what made theirs great. From very near the outset, I knew what I wanted to convey through photography and what inspired me in other photographers’ work, whether this could be expressed in words or not. I also knew that I wanted to be working with 35mm film, and after a while, was able to buy an old Olympus OM-3 and a Zuiko 50mm f/1.4 lens. It instantly became my pride and joy. As much as the results were quite poor, I remember my first few trips out as being filled with a kind of wonder and magic. I still feel it whenever I go out now, but this feeling was new to me at the time. I would often | 4

5: abandon my shop early and drive out into the countryside in no particular direction and with no aim other than getting myself into the middle of nowhere. If I saw smoke rising from behind a wood, I would park the car and walk through the wood to see what was happening. If there was a road junction with no signpost on it, that was the turning I would take. It would always mean that I had very little idea as to what I was going to be presented with and so any picture that came of it would be fresh and not premeditated. It is this sense of discovery that remains the driving force behind my photography. My photographs are not straight, and so I cannot describe them as documentary photography – even though many of the pictures have a documentary significance. However, neither am I setting out to create pieces of art, because the photographs are not crafted. There is just a joy, for me, in recording those fractions-of-seconds where events take on an ever so slightly different and curious nature. The only other words in this book are to give the date, location and camera used for each photograph. I do not record other technical details such as shutter speed and aperture value for each exposure. Tim Warson January 2013 | 5

7: This page: Broughton, Scottish Borders August 2012 Leica M4-P | 7

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10: p8. York, North Yorkshire May 2009 Olympus OM-3 p9. Drax, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 This page. Howdendyke, East Yorkshire June 2012 Leica M4-P | 10

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16: p12. Lund, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 p13. Beverley, East Yorkshire May 2009 Olympus OM-3 p14. York, North Yorkshire December 2011 Canon T90 p15. Rethymno, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P This page. Glen Tilt, Cairngorms, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P p18. York, North Yorkshire February 2012 Leica M4-P p19. Le Touquet, France October 2011 Olympus OM-3 p20. Walkington, East Yorkshire December 2008 Olympus OM-3 | 16

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29: p21. Hook, East Yorkshire January 2012 Leica M4-P p22. Saltmarshe, East Yorkshire June 2009 Olympus OM-3 p23. Beverley, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 p24. Drax, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 p25. Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 p26. Faxfleet, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 p27. Rawcliffe Bridge, East Yorkshire February 2012 Leica M4-P This page. York, North Yorkshire November 2012 Leica M4-P | 29

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35: p30. Beverley, East Yorkshire December 2008 Olympus OM-3 p31. Cairn Gorm, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P p32. Castleford, West Yorkshire October 2011 Canon EOS 350D p33. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 This page. Haworth, West Yorkshire January 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 35

36: This page. Cliffe, North Yorkshire October 2012 Leica M4-P | 36

39: This page. Matala, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P pp40-41. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P pp42-43. York, North Yorkshire November 2012 Leica M4-P | 39

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48: This Page. Peebles, Scottish Borders August 2012 Leica M4-P | 48

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53: p50. Goole, East Yorkshire December 2010 Olympus OM-3 p51. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 This page. Faistos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P p54. Faistos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P p55. York, North Yorkshire July 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 53

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57: This page. York, North Yorkshire December 2011 Canon T90 p58. Beverley, East Yorkshire February 2009 Olympus OM-3 p59. Rethymno, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P pp60-61. Hook, East Yorkshire October 2012 Leica M4-P p62. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 p63. Beverley, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 p64. Escrick, North Yorkshire December 2010 Olympus OM-3 p65. Drax, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 p66 Holme-upon-Spalding Moor April 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 57

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73: p67. Mar Estate, Braemar, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P p68. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 p69. Drax, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 pp70-71. Slatmarshe, East Yorkshire December 2012 Leica M4-P This page. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P | 73

74: This page. Hook, East Yorkshire December 2011 Canon T90 | 74

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77: This page. Colne, West Yorkshire December 2008 Olympus OM-3 p78. Beverley, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 p79. Yokefleet, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 77

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81: This page. Armley, Leeds April 2012 Leica M4-P | 81

82: This page. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P | 82

84: This page. Stobo, Scottish Borders August 2012 Leica M4-P p86. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P p87. Goole, East Yorkshire March 2011 Olympus OM-3 | 84

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92: p88. Beverley, East Yorkshire January 2009 Olympus OM-3 p89. Goole, East Yorkshire July 2012 Leica M4-P p90. North Cave, East Yorkshire December 2010 Olympus OM-3 p91. Hook, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 This page. Levisham, North Yorkshire November 2012 Leica M4-P | 92

95: This page. Goole, East Yorkshire October 2011 Canon EOS 350D | 95

97: This page. Montreuil-sur-Mer, France October 2011 Olympus OM-3 | 97

99: This page. Agios Nikolaos, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 | 99

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103: p100. Goole, East Yorkshire October 2008 Canon EOS 350D p101. Rethymno, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P This page. York, North Yorkshire February 2012 Leica M4-P | 103

105: This page. West Highland Line, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P pp106-107 River Dee, Mar Estate, Braemar, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P | 105

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117: p114-115. Unknown, East Yorkshire September 2009 Olympus OM-3 (with macro filter) This page. Hook, East Yorkshire October 2012 Leica M4-P | 117

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121: This page. Beverley, East Yorkshire February 2009 Olympus OM-3 p122. Beverley, East Yorkshire July 2009 Olympus OM-3 p123. Howden, East Yorkshire February 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 121

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130: p128. Matala, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P p129. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P This page. Glen Tilt, Cairngorms, Scotland February 2012 Leica M4-P | 130

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147: pp142-143. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 p144. Hook, East Yorkshire March 2012 Leica M4-P p145. Beverley, East Yorkshire December 2008 Olympus OM-3 This page. York, North Yorkshire Fevruary 2012 Leica M4-P p148. York, North Yorkshire June 2009 Olympus OM-3 p149. Montreuil-sur-Mer, France October 2008 Canon EOS 350D | 147

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150: This page. Montruil-sur-Mer, France September 2012 Leica M4-P | 150

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159: p156. Filey, North Yorkehire January 2009 Olympus OM-3 p157. Le Touquet, France October 2011 Olympus OM-3 This page. Beverley, East Yorkshire June 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 159

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170: p168. Saltmarshe, East Yorkshire April 2009 Olympus OM-3 p169 Goole, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 This page. Vindolanda Roman Fort, Northumbria August 2012 Leica M4-P p172. Xania, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 p173. Hull, East Yorkshire January 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 170

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174: This page. Withernsea, East Yorkshire October 2012 Leica M4-P p176. Hook, East Yorkshire April 2012 Leica M4-P p177. Walkington, East Yorkshire March 2011 Olympus OM-3 | 174

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181: p178. Hook, East Yorkshire July 2011 Canon EOS 350D p179. York, North Yorkshire December 2011 Canon T90 This page. Bridlington, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 181

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184: p182. Beveryley, East Yorkshire February 2009 Olympus OM-3 p183. Beverley, East Yorkshire June 2009 Olympus OM-3 This page. Ambelouzos, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P p186. Beverley, East Yorkshire March 2009 Olympus OM-3 p187. Hackness, North Yorkshire November 2009 Canon EOS 350D | 184

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195: p188. Sancton, East Yorkshire December 2009 Olympus OM-3 p189. Agios Nikolaos, Crete September 2010 Olympus OM-3 p190. Bewdley, West Midlands August 2010 Canon EOS 350D p191. Goole, East Yorkshire January 2012 Leica M4-P p192. Woking, Surrey January 2009 Olympus OM-3 p193. Stobo, Scottish Borders August 2012 Leica M4-P This page. Vindolanda Roman Fort, Northumbria August 2012 Leica M4-P | 195

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207: This page. York, North Yorkshire February 2012 Leica M4-P p208. Goole, East Yorkshire December 2010 Olympus OM-3 p209. Beverley, East Yorkshire May 2009 Olympus OM-3 | 207

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213: This page. Matala, Crete April 2012 Leica M4-P | 213

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217: This page. Horse Dale, East Yorkshire March 2012 Leica M4-P | 217

219: This page. Whitby, North Yorkshire November 2012 Leica M4-P | 219

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  • Title: The Middle of Nowhere (Photographs from 2008 to 2012)
  • The first collection of photographs from Yorkshire-based documentary photographer Tim Watson.
  • Tags: black and white, Leica M4-P, Olympus OM-3, East Yorkshire, York Minster, Street photography, documentary, leica, film, yorkshire, york, Goole, leeds, crete, greece, Monk, candid, dogs, Olympus, 35mm
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