Shooting black and white has many advantages. Stripping away colour makes you concentrate on utilising the available light and how you want to frame your subject.
And if you’re in a creative rut, although it feels counter intuitive, it can really help to place restrictions on your photography. It makes you pre-empt the final outcome and what affect black and white will have on your image.
It also provides a great opportunity to look over the work of some photography greats such as Elliot Erwitt, Cartier-Bresson and Vivian Maier who only had black and white to work with. You should also check out the work of William Eggleston who was a pioneer and one of the first to make the switch from black and white to colour photography.
I shot all these images on my Olympus MJU II with Ilford 35mm film.
Last year I won the Ginnel Foto Fest Analogue awards. Part of my prize was being sent a box full of film. Some I’ve used before such as portra and Agfa, but there was also a roll of Kodak Tri X medium format film estimated to be 50 years old.
I have always wanted to shoot it so last weekend when me and my cousin went to Peacehaven. A small suburban town on the English coast where my cousin, Harry, grew up.
I got some surprisingly good results..
If you ever get your hands on some expired film be sure to double check if your local lab develops it. After walking 40 minutes to mine it turns out they don’t develop expired films. If you’re based in the UK I would strongly recommend AG Photolab who are super friendly and based in Birmingham. I sent the film off on Wednesday and got it back today!
Part II of exploring with a camera, featuring photos from Brighton, Italy and London:
I have recently been experimenting with multiple exposures and partially exposing film to light:
35mm Midnight (& possibly drunk) Adventures
Photography, Technology and Me
As long as I can remember technology has effected my photography and ideas. From my first ever snap-shot to my latest projects it has shaped the way I work and create.My first ever image (below) remains one of my favourite, not least because it turned out half-decent but it represents a day I spent with my family and the point and shoot camera my mum put me in charge of.
I didn’t become aware of the in-camera potential until I started studying photography at the age of 16 where I was introduced to DSLR’s. I immediately fell in love with the experimental side of DSLR’s and in-particular, the use shutter speeds.
My final college project surrounded the use of slow shutter speeds and fire. It was created through hours of trial and error (often the result of using new technology):
Photography technology doesn’t just come in the form of cameras. Photoshop is one of the most well-known and used editing tools, the one I used to edit my portrait exhibited as part of the Brighton Biennial 2012. But the more and more I looked to editing tools to create the ‘look’ I wanted, the less I was enjoying my photography. Which is when I was introduced to film photography by my college tutor. It immediately put the fun back into photography and I found my second home- the darkroom.
Ever since being introduced to film photography I have shot around 3 films a week- a mixture of 35mm and medium format and it remains my favourite method of capturing shots. But despite my love of film photography I have been drawn into the use of camera phones to capture snap-shot moments. As phone quality increases the temptation to take the heavy medium format out the bag and leave the phone in the pocket increases. I was recently introduced to a company called Light and their new camera technology, created to combine the quality of a DSLR camera with the size of a smartphone which shows that camera technology is always evolving and improving. But for me, project wise, nothing will replace the quality and experimental potential of DLSR’s and film cameras. Although, between projects the phone camera has become my travel companion:
This post is in collaboration with ‘Light’
To check out more of my work:
I recently came across 100’s of negatives in a basket at the back of a second hand shop with most of the ones dated dating back to the 1960’s. I couldn’t not buy them so I made a deal with the shop keeper and very kindly ended up getting the basket thrown in for free. I decided to purchase a negative scanner so I can share them online.
But this set of images are extra special as they belong to my grandparents, which we have discovered while helping them move house. With most of them dating back to 1960’s when they lived in Massachusetts, America.
This is Part 4. More to follow. None are edited.