It’s been a good long while since I’ve walked in Saint John with a camera and no motive. In my 2016 post about walking uptown I made my way through the grubby back alleys. Since then there’s been some major changes, tweaking the feel of my little city. Continue reading “Things are happening Uptown”
I’m fresh out of chemistry to process the rolls I’ve shot in the last little while, so this morning I wanted to go through some older work and see if I had overlooked anything. A few shots from a late-afternoon pub visit got me thinking about Dynamic Range and its use in the modern world of electron-based photography. Continue reading “Dynamic Range: Less is (Sometimes) More”
It’s been a funny sort of year, 2017. A great many things have conspired to put the brakes on creative work for me. In this world of Social Media and compulsive sharing, I’m not sure I have a lot to offer at this point. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Continue reading “On Contentedness and Complacency”
When choosing to use a certain camera one must come to terms with the limits inherent. There are things one can do very well with a TLR. There are also things that you’d be mad to shoot with a TLR (but do anyhow). Continue reading “Working inside the ‘limits of your equipment’”
Our family traveled to Montréal, Quebec in early November 2016 to attend the graduation of a family friend at McGill university. We had been meaning to explore Montréal for a couple years now and this was our opportunity. As with any adventure, it had its ups and downs but what struck me most about the city was the contrast. Montréal seems to exist simultaneously in both French and English, wealth and poverty, a proud sense of past mingling with a crumbling present. I put this figurative contrast to work, exploring new regions of my film’s exposure latitude.
I’ve been working toward what I think is an honest and enduring style in the past couple years. I’ve been concentrating on street portraits while traveling as a method of gaining access to places and people I wouldn’t otherwise. As I’ve aged I’ve found there’s a flowering beauty in seeing things just they way they are; untouched and true. It’s easy to pull this off with strangers. They don’t have much of a say after granting permission since I’ll be elsewhere when the photo is finished. What happens when I try to apply this harsh light to those around me? Those I value most? Continue reading ““I don’t like the way I look””
I’m a big fan of photographing strangers when abroad. It’s a fine way to get a little information, directions or just make contact with another human being. Some of my favourite portraits are of people I will never see again, and I find myself asking why I only do this when away from home.
I’ve been using a different method for fixing film for a little over a year, and thought I should share with the class. It’s a good method that uses a higher dilution and produces crystal clear emulsion on my preferred stock, Ilford HP5+. Continue reading “2-Step Fixing for Black and White Film”
I’ve been trying to come to grips with how I ended up owning a 60-plus year old machine as a daily-and-only camera, after a truncated career with the latest and greatest at the time. I’m not sure if this will be a camera review or another personal journey into the philosophy of my own craft, but we’ll see what happens. This is a review of my Rolleiflex MX. Continue reading “Rolleiflex MX”
Seems to be a trend that many people would like to make more portraits but don’t know where to start. Being out and about is easy, lots of people enjoy bipedal photography in their hometowns or abroad. When you’ve photographed all the statuary and have creeped on all the great cars and been tossed out of all the coffee shops you’re left with the most intriguing and engaging part of any community. What makes the community. The people. Continue reading “The Human Landscape: Photographing Strangers”