Time for a little personal note to the blog. It has been and still remains a busy Summer period, more work is being picked up by publications and some positive vibes coming my way from various outlets. So now is certainly not the time to take my foot off the pedal, I’m still going 100 miles an hour, only this time I feel it may not be a dead end track. It’s the passion that keeps me running with 4am starts and 12pm bedtimes, the love of my craft that sees me accepting commissions despite a full diary and the faith in my ability that sees me do this with a smile on my face.
Still with all that’s happening I still find that photography also acts as my way of dealing with the world around me and remembering it’s unseens and easily forgotten. Here are a few pieces from a couple of days down in London a few weeks ago. You’ll notice a heavy lack of people in the shots yet the feeling of human presence, this seems to be something I’m drawn to in my personal work lately without really looking for it.
Day 300 . . . . . . . . . .
Who would have thought it.
A little semi-repeat of a shot I did way back in the early days of this year, this one I really like. Love how film has that look in the out of focus areas that just isn’t quite so sweet with digital.
Not long now.
Kodak Tri-X souped and shaken and banged about in some D76
How things have changed since the beginning of this project. I guess the fact that I have to produce a photograph each day has meant that instead of thinking “Hey it might be nice to run a roll of film through the old camera” or “I’ve always fancied having a go at that” I now just go ahead and do it in the name of getting something for this 365.
My ranty blog posts have dried up though, partly because i’m pretty busy and partly because I’m more concerned with getting myself to where I want to be by the end of the year. I have some hard work ahead over the next month or two, I’m hustling like never before.
One day I’ll be happy with the body of work I’ve created but I think that day will be the day I retire. Part of my drive comes from the fact that I’m never content with what I’ve created.
Until that day I’ll keep on striving to express myself via these photographs.
Something to try for the next week or two, the Goods & the Bads.
Developing Tri-X (there is just something magical about opening the tank and seeing photographs, real physical photographs, sure they’re negatives but still)
Being busy again
New collaboration opportunities
A couple of exciting upcoming shoots
Shooting with the Bronica again
Feeling super excited and passionate about my business again after spending quite a long time drifting along.
All the really inspirational blogs and journals out there in the interworld, some make me laugh, some make me cry and others make me feel much of my work is almost petty (which I now understand is a positive thing for me).
Scanning negatives . . . . takes . . . . .sooo . . . .very . . . . . . long. . . . . . .
The cost of getting colour 120 film dev’ed & scanned (but it’s sure worth it)
Fuji FP-100c instant film, I just can’t get on with the stuff, too slow and has an odd colour tint.
Counting the cost of some silly purchasing mistakes so far this year (more on this at a later date as I figure I should share the mistakes with the successes)
After a couple of disapointing rolls from the Yashica I decided to go back to what I now in regards medium format. Many years ago I used one of these babies on a near daily basis, luckily I’ve managed to convice this one to spend a little time with me for a couple of shoots to see how it might fit in to my current line up.
Out with the square (well it’s on the shelf), in with the 645 Bronica ETRSi. The first roll of Portra 400 should be back from the lab by the weekend.
Nothing brings me back to why I love photography more than actually creating a physical thing. Digital is great and all but what it creates is just some electrical charge and little static craziness on your memory card which you later copy to the computer etc. Film however, now that has some reality, a tangible creation if you will.
Kodak Tri-X, dev’ed by my good self in some safe as houses old D76. Yummy.
Two rolls outbound to my good friends over in the land of McDonalds. One for him & one for her. Can’t wait to find out if international mail gets x-rayed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It should add to the randomness of our multiple exposures if nothing else.
Yes some days will be missing, I will update and fill the gaps when the film comes back from the lab.
Don’t worry all is still progressing with the 365. I’m going through a film period for the time being and as such postings will be a little random and out of sync.
Here’s me working my way through photographing some of the other photographers I work with on a regular basis. They all pretty much know that they’re not safe from my lens now.
So despite saying any further film work would be medium format I still had a half used roll of 35mm in the old EOS. So I decided I’d finish that up too.
So what you see here is a straight scan from neg. I shot it rated as iso50 (so over exposing by a stop) to get it how I like it, no worries here about lost highlights, this stuff is pretty hardy.
Mmmmmmmmm vibrant filmy goodness.
So that’s probably it from me in the sense of 35mm film, I just pulled out the only medium format camera I have left so it’s time for a dust down, clean up and then either load up a roll of expired fuji 160 or grab some rolls of Kodak portra, either way you’ll know when I post them as they’ll be square 6×6 format.
I hadn’t intended to shoot more street for this week, however I headed out for a cheeky coffee to go over some contact sheets so the camera came with me.
The light and feeling in the city today is that Spring is truly here. Sunshine, birds chirping, flowers starting to open and it’s pretty mild. I ended up with quite a few shots for my 365 but this one seemed to just follow what I’ve posted over the last week.
Another little bit of street humour I guess. Shot on the 5D with the more street friendly 35mm.
This bit of street photography probably came about as I rewatched a film about Garry Winogrand this morning over breakfast. Interesting insight and viewpoints but it seemed to come from later in his career at the point where he looked to be going through the motions. He’s produced many great images throughout his time but at this point in his career he came across a little jaded.
So I’m easing myself into this week (one of the benefits of working for oneself) as it’s going to get a bit hectic in the middle what with jobs, network evenings, seminars and such, but to be honest the busier it gets the more hyped I become for the work. Luckily I’ve planned out a couple of shots for the project so as to cover me in case nothing else turns up each day.