Ted’s Photography… Portobello Scenes Part I (and some camera talk too)

Hello friends,

So as you may or may not know we are in the studio! After a couple of years on the road it feels like a genuine treat to be sleeping in our own beds and getting coffee from the same place every morning. We decided we wanted to record here in London so that we can catch up with friends and enjoy this city we loosely call home. We are doing the bulk of the work at Eastcote studios where we recorded Sigh No More and this first batch of photos are of my daily walk from my home to the studio.

A few people have been asking what cameras I use and a few people asked a really long time ago so I’m sorry to keep you waiting. The answer is simple. My family is full of photographers to the point where I thought my uncle was a Cyclopes and my mother spent so much time with that Nikon in our faces that I resorted to stealing it. She often asks for it back and the other day I went and had it fully serviced with the true intention of returning it to her in better shape than when last she saw it. Unfortunately, having grown up holding and using this camera it now holds an unsurpassable familiarity and while many cameras have come and gone, my 1986 Nikon F301 is a true companion.

Sorry mum.

I have also just got myself a Holga which I have been having a lot of fun with. All the 120 stuff in this batch was taken on the Holga using slide film from the lomo shop. It’s a wonderfully simple camera which encourages creativity with inbuilt functions like the multiple colour flash. Multiple exposures are a common threat when not remembering wether or not you wound the film on or not, but it’s this element of unpredictability that needs to be embraced when your cameras got a plastic lens. Light leaks are also a common Holga feature to the point where the camera is supplied with electrical tape to tape the door shut after you’ve loaded the film. The results are always exciting with a Holga!

Look after yourselves and each other, no one else will. More photos of the studio soon to follow.

Ted xx

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  1. maclhan says:

    These are brilliant, Ted! My favourite camera is Minolta x9, (:
    I was so lucky to get to see you guys this past October in Hamilton, I wish you guys would still meet with the fans like you did before, but I guess the crowds have gotten larger …

  2. LizRozey says:

    Ted is so good at photography! :)

  3. crowkrogh says:

    aw the man with the dog on his back looks like a nice guy. i might just be assuming he is, but the photo just makes him look like a kind hearted man. good candid!

  4. elisemcglone says:

    Come to Portland, OR!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Economically, things are very depressing here in the U.S. So, that said, we need you to visit us in Oregon. Preferably Portland, OR. Check out “Portlandia” if you have any doubts that this would be the most awesome place to perform. Ya’all do wear flannel shirts, don’t you? Ah, never mind, visit us anyway!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Lovely photographs! Hope this becomes a regular feature. If you’re keen on the holga you may like the LCA too. It’s a beautiful little lomo that produces unpredictable but stunning images! X

  7. ReannaPajama says:

    I second the notion of you coming to NE Pennsylvania! As long as I’m suggesting places, may I recommend Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, NY? Gorgeous place with rich history.

  8. cindimca4 says:

    Love the pictures, and love reading commentary. Please come to northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. I want to meet you guys.

  9. TRC30 says:

    Thanks Ted! Looking forward to seeing more soon. I agree with the suggestion that you do the photography for the next album. -Terra-

  10. AntiFiFi says:

    I think you should do the artwork for the new album!

  11. celticwoman85 says:

    there are alot people who would love to see you live here in oklahoma. when i hear your music it helps when things are not going so well. and the photos are awesome. have you ever thought of showing them in a gallery or in a book? you should.

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  16. samanthaann says:

    Ted, you’ve done it again, sweetpea! That knack of capturing things & presenting them in their most natural form possible. I can’t say I understand all the technical stuff but it sounds good! Thanks for a little peek into your world, as always. Hope studio time going well & you’re all enjoying time at home. Take Care & God Bless, SamanthaAnnxxxx

  17. jennyfromdablock says:

    fuggin love it all. in short…just a huge THANK YOU

  18. how.FICKLE.my.HEART says:

    These are amazing!! Love you Ted! [:

  19. erind says:

    These are lovely, Ted! I can’t wait to see photos of your studio time! You’re awesome. Cheers! ~Erin

  20. Anonymous says:

    P.S. I’m sooooo looking forward to the next album! :)

  21. old.soul says:

    You’ ve been blessed with being able to express yourself in different mediums, some of us have too keep our passions to ourselves, due to the irony of life. I’ve always been a dreamer and and through your pictures I dream and feel. Thanks! ABRIL

  22. Mom2eight says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love the one with the man and the dog, too. I already wish I lived in London, your pictures at least bring London to me :-)

  23. Anonymous says:

    One of my many aspirations is to become a somewhat decent photographer, so it’s always a pleasure to view your snaps and gain some inspiration. Thank you for sharing! :)

  24. loelra0524 says:

    God I miss London! I even miss hearing the ‘mind the gap’ lady…

    Thanks for these Ted, sharing is caring right? They are awesome…I love the one w/ the man and the doggie…xo!

  25. Anonymous says:

    The photos are amazing as always Ted! Can’t wait to see some from the studio. You are making me wish I was in London.

  26. Anonymous says:

    You have always been by far my favourite member of the band, because you have always been level harded and down to earth. You are a credit for you young people today, and I am proud to say I am a fan of Mumford and Sons. And this page reminds me why your my favourite, even after all the success and winning a Grammy, you still want to wriet on the website and share you picture. And also because of you have have found a new love in photography, I begged my mum and dad to buy me a decent camera, and they did after a lot of lovey dovey and dishes. And I after a few short months of actually taking picture I have a fair few that I am glad and pride to say I’ve tacken them. Thank you for being so genuine!
    Much Love,
    Lorna xx

  27. Anonymous says:

    Ted, The pictures are amazing. I think my favorites are the bottom 2, although I love the coloring of the first ones, I am a sucker for people in my pictures. I have a Pentax K1000 from the 1980’s, Pentax MX from the 70’s (my very first camera!) a Nikon from the 80’s, a Hasselblad, Canon Rebel (Film which was my firs “computerized” camera). I just purchased a new Canon Digital which makes my 2nd digital Canon, one which I have given to my daughter. The ability to take massive amounts of photos which i am prone to do and the instant gratification is nice but honestly, they are still no substitute for film, especially slide! My favorite camera of my collection is the Pentax MX. Like you, I think its the familiarity. Keep posting the pics. We love them! and Y’all take care as well. PS..Just so you know, we appreciate all your hard work. XO