In Immortality’s Light,
– Sri Chinmoy
I went out yesterday with the intention of photographing this old church. It has seen it’s better days. The chimney bricks are falling down. The steeple is disintegrating. After years of vandalism the front doors have finally been boarded up and the only residents now are the pigeons who flutter around the church to stretch their winds and coo quietly when inside.
Instead of getting up at the crack of dawn like I usually do when shooting color I have found mid-morning or mid-afternoon are best for these black and whites.
This church like me is getting older and one day the only thing left of us will be memories. While driving for an hour to get to the church the mind has time to wander and imagine. I got to thinking that over forty years…
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Today was my first shot at developing 35mm film.
I’d shot a couple of rolls of Kodak Tri-X 400asa using my Pentax MX & 3 prime lenses, of the Springfield Brewery I’ve featured before. I was paying particular attention to ‘framing’….Experimenting with the way that the frame might be equally, or even more important than other aspects of the image.
I found thinking ‘Frame’, concentrated the way I used the viewfinder, but it has thrown up a good few issues with dodgy control of perspective, diverging/converging parallels, and other such shite.
I’ve scanned the negs to show them here, and so have been able to sort out some of the perspective issues in post processing, but when it comes to actual prints from the negs, which is going to be my next STEEP learning curve, (tomorrow AaaaGH!), I think a good few of the shots might end up in the bin.
Still…Got to start…
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