One of the things I really like is to take series of photos on a theme, photo journalistic style. To me, a monochrome photographer is a witness who should tell a story by focusing the viewer’s attention on the subject matter instead of being distracted by petty colours.

One early morning, I went to the fishing port of Peterhead in the North of Scotland to catch the trawlers coming back to port. I went round the harbour imaging the fishermen working on vessel maintenance, net maintenance, and unloading their cargo. I took about 50 photos before day break.

I had the Canon 350D with me at the time, with a slow lens, so the levels of light, in the winter at 3am in the North of Scotland, no tripod, with the rain, where a problem. The 350D only goes up to ISO 1600 and it’s terribly noisy at that level. But I went for it anyway, hoping that it would create appropriate grain (I love the grain of Ilford Delta 3200, especially pushed a couple of stops).

Canon 350D + Tamron 28-300mm. Little processing apart from pushing exposure and denoising.