Time for a little aside, back to some personal work that used to be the norm around here. Time to take a breath or two and just let the world be seen a different way, a visual essay of a day of peace and solitude (with maybe a slight dream-like overtone).
Education from the street, life lessons served upon the bricks and mortar of our city.
The world old battle of light Vs dark, the subversive intrigue of the darkness and the signs that lure us in.
I see the way now, just a little further and the light can be found, everything seemed so clear then.
I start to feel the walls closing in around me, the nature of my organic self struggling to break free.As I stop for coffee all of a sudden the world takes on a twisted reality. . . . .
My vision begins to blur, I wonder what new trickery is a foot.
Daylight and Darkness combine to confuse my senses further, perhaps I’m in a dream but I see no way out.
See it’s not all good looking people and fabulous clothing on my blog, every now and then I break out a more personal piece of photographic creativity. After all that’s the whole point of it all, creating stuff, just plain old having an idea and creating something. No agenda, no wanting payment, just creating and sharing, such is the beauty of the internet the ease with which it can be done.
Thought I’d shot this window before but apparently if I did I never used it. Luckily for me.
Yashica MG-1, Fuji 400h
I’m having a strange relationship with the Yashica rangefinder. It’s great in that it is mostly aperture priority exposure, in order to compensate for exposures you can fiddle with the iso setting and force over or under exps. The lens is a fixed 45mm f2.8 which is a great focal length and I guess pretty fast, it’s fairly compact, light enough to carry around all day etc. etc. etc.
What bugs me is it isn’t the camera I want it to be. I admit that for £20 what more can I ask for right, and the camera I want it to be is about 30 times as much.
I think the other thing is that shooting digital for so long has made me pretty lazy exposure-wise. How easy is it to shoot in low light now? simple right. Just bump the iso up and fire away without a worry of camera shake. The MG-1 loaded with portra 400 (rated 100 to give a little magic) even shot wide open at f2.8 struggles. The little low speed warning light comes up more than I’d like as I brace myself against something sturdy and breathe in pre tripping the shutter.
Maybe I should just alway shoot Ilford Delta 3200 in it then I’d be bumping the other warning light of over exposure.
Film for the digitally addicted. Want to shoot film with instant feedback, gotta get yourself some instant.
Fuji FP-100C through the old Polaroid ProPack.
To be honest instant is one step beyond digital in that you have your final print within 30 seconds of taking your shot. Now that’s pushing even the silkiest of wireless camera / dyesub printer combination. Okay I admit it isn’t all that cheap per shot but that’s the joy of it.
Make tham count!
Finally had time to get the first roll of Fuji Pro 400H 220 scanned from the 124G. Some pretty nice colour renditions from the Fuji but I’m always more inclined towards Kodak tones (bring on the Portra). This shot was what I’d planned to post for day 250 and I thought I had two left on the roll when I pulled the camera out the bag, it would seem that I only had one and I missed the focus. Damn it, sorry Isao. It still captures the essence of our man Isao though.
Still using it for my 365 though as sometimes the misses are just as important as the hits.
Why would I post an out of focus photograph? Well I figure that if I’m going to make mistakes (and trust me we all do) i’m darn well going to learn from them. Plus this project is my place to take risks with my work (hence the increased amount of film shots) and where If I do make a complete hash of something the only person who is affected by it is me. See it all comes back to my year of refining my vision (although I finally coming to realise that this is a lifelong pursuit where when I get to where I thought I wanted to be, my vision will have jumped ahead in the game to the next level and so the battle will start again)
Hockney overload for us at Salts Mill today. I forgot how much I love this place, art, great books, devine food, espresso, more art and architecture. What’s not to love, it’s like an adrenaline hit of culture.
For those with an interest in social history, the English Industrial revolution, David Hockney or power crazed bosses check out Saltaire.
I feel that of late I’ve come to a realisation about the Fuji X100. More on this in the next couple of days once I get my head around it some more.