Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
I spent an enjoyable morning yesterday working on the new book project. As yet, I haven't decided on a title but I feel the images are starting to work as a cohesive set. The quality of the light around 11am was particularly good and the range of old/derelict buildings within the Constitution Hill area was challenging. It is a while since my last wander in this area and was surprised to see the old HQ nightclub building had been demolished.
Attached to this post are several of the 1st edits from yesterday shoot.
Friday, 20 August 2010
Over the last 3 months, I have started shooting 5'x4' B&W film again. This has been part of my new book project about West Bromwich. I was particularly drawn to experiment with Adox film emulsions and in particular the 25 iso variety. I was looking for high image detail capture combined with a warm 50's feel.
Both my lab and I was surprised by the results we received from the processed film. The film was processed in standard ID11 and fixed for 10 minutes. The processed film exhibited a warm yellow cast the around edges (up to an inch deep) and even when the film was re-fixed, the effect refused to disappear.
We have since tried several other developers with similar results (yes, we have changed the fix) and are now considering a more traditional developer such as Rodinal.
Fortunately none of the yellowing shows through on the scans we have produced and I am so far pleased with the results. Will report back once we have used the Rodinal!
Further to quite a few recent request regarding individual images from the book, Passing through Gethsemane, which I published last year. I have now these images available for purchase through our website and they are supplied as either C-Type prints or Archival inkjet prints.
The link to view the images is:
The book can still be purchased and can be bought by following the link below:
Any queries, just email me!
Thursday, 19 August 2010
The Cube, in Birmingham, has been a fascinating project to watch progress over the last 2 years. Based at the Mailbox, it has proved to be a controversial build and has been dogged with financial difficulties. However it is really refreshing to see such a challenging project been undertaken in Birmingham.
The only downside to my first foray to shoot this project was the ubiquitous security guards who challenged and threaten me at every stage, even though the images were taken from the public highway. Oh well, Section 44 might be gone but the life of an architectural photographer does not improve!