“For me to go totally digital would mean selling my perfectly working and loyal film cameras and abandoning  years of experience using them, sorry that would be like abandoning old friends”

 

Wet Plate Collodion Image of three apples

Wet Plate Collodion Image of three apples

This section of the website is about what is now called Alternative Photography. I will be using various different film formats that will include 35mm, medium format, 5×4, pinhole, toy cameras, sun printing and of course wet plate collodion imaging. This section will take time to evolve because it is very much my own personal section, so please be patient.

 

Wet Plate Collodion Portrait Image

Wet Plate Collodion Portrait Image

 

Collodion Image of Dead Flowers

Collodion Image of Dead Flowers

 

Eyemouth Harbour July 2015

Eyemouth Harbour July 2015

Outdated film. This  image is shot on old Agfapan 400 film dated 1998 on a Yashica-Mat 124G. I exposed the film in camera @ 200asa and then developed it in Rodinal @ 25/1 for 7 mins.  The film is quiet foggy but I am pleased with a few of the images. When I looked at the film first I didn’t think it was any good but after scanning I’m pretty impressed, there is something going on in the highlights but that is due to fogging. This image is not for sale it was just fun trying to salvage some old film stock. I love it when a plan comes together

Tiny Church (Cyprus)

Tiny Church (Cyprus)

A tiny church I found hidden in the trees in Limassol Cyprus.  Olympus OM4Ti 50mm lens T-Max 100 – Developed in T-Max  1:4

I can never imagine a day that I would turn my back on film photography and the old processes. I have been involved with film photography for too long to stop now. I love digital photography but a little voice in my head has always told me it’s kind of cheating, probably because I’m Old-School and I have been lucky enough to have lived through what I call the real photography years, then there are all my cameras that I still love to use. I have various different cameras from 35mm to 5″ x 4″ that I shoot film as well as wet-plate collodion. I also work with pinhole cameras. It’s a very different way of thinking when you are shooting analogue and I really have to concentrate, for me to go totally digital would mean selling my perfectly working and loyal film cameras and abandon years of experience in the field, sorry that would be like abandoning old friends.

I worked for years in the dimly lit red light of the darkroom learning how to develop and print, dodge and burn an image, flash papers, and then tone them. Sometimes a print would take a couple of days to get right, fond memories. These days I shoot film, develop it but then scan the images onto the computer only because I don’t have space for a darkroom, however I still can’t bring myself to get rid of the equipment, it’s all up in the loft, I keep telling myself one day it will get used again.

 

My portrait

Ambrotype  Positive portrait of myself shot by Mark Voce. The image on the left is the original glass Ambrotype image which I really like. The image on the right has been reversed, desaturated, cleaned up and a blue tone has been added in Photoshop. Although there is no comparison to a true Ambrotype image.  I personally feel it’s OK to manipulate an image as long as you are honest with people and stay true to yourself, but that goes for all serious photography.

Shopkeeper sitting in his store (Cyprus)

Shopkeeper sitting in his store (Cyprus)

Praktica MTL5  50mm lens T-Max 100 – Developed in Rodinal Dev 25:1

The Old Ironmongers Store (Cyprus)

The Old Ironmongers Store (Cyprus)

  Praktica MTL5 50mm lens T-Max 100 – Developed in Rodinal 25:1

St Bartholomew's Church taken from just outside Crewkerne on the A30

St Bartholomew’s Church taken from just outside Crewkerne on the A30

Praktica BX20 70-210 lens  Ilford FP4+  Developed in Rodinal 1:25

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