I’m currently taking a new course in film photography at the moment and really enjoying it. I haven’t really done much work in black and white before and so it’s totally different experience and way of thinking to the usual work I do.
There is something quite magical about taking a seemingly blank piece of paper, putting it into a chemical bath and seeing an image appear.
It also takes lots of new skills and experimentation. There are so many new things that you can achieve. It also made me realise I really like to be learning to do new things and experimenting.
So far we have looked at the film developing process, then the printing making and developing process, most recently some more advances techniques such as dodging and burning to balance the exposure across an images. I’ll try and post again in more detail about the methods used once I have worked on them some more.
We are also trying to work on a shooting project around a word, mine is ‘Environment’. I think I’m going to focus on the conflict between manmade environment and nature, like flood defences and where the weather has worn down buildings. But I’m also looking at the different patterns that appear in nature as well as buildings, cities and other human environments. Watch this space to see what I come up with.