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.