Swanage shots

As promised, some of the initial shots from the new Swanage project have now gone up on the site. I also took the opportunity to revise the layout of the galleries so that they are now more easy to view.

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Swanage

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Project ideas are a bit like buses, you seem to be going nowhere then suddenly two ideas come from nowhere.

Firstly, my last post (‘Clone town’) seems to have galvanised my thinking about Salisbury and the work that I am doing locally. I am in the process of preparing for a photography exhibition in August, where I will be displaying my Salisbury night work (the web page will be updated to reflect the exhibition as soon as I am satisfied what images will make the final cut). As I was working through the shots tonight, it struck me about the contrast between night and day in the town. So, the Salisbury project takes into account the themes mentioned in the last post, whilst being shot at these two different time periods. The working title for the project is ‘Salisbury: Night and day’, which is pretty straightforward really.

The second project is going to be about Swanage. I visited the place recently and found it to be a really interesting and quite quirky place. My aim is to shoot the town in Summer and Winter, so that I can play on the contrast between the two seasons. It’ll be a more condensed project than the Salisbury one as it’s a three-hour round trip from home, so I need to be more focused when I shoot there. However, I do quite fancy trying my own take on the classic ‘British at the Seaside’ theme that has been covered by Tony Ray Jones, Martin Parr, etc. Whether I end up with something different to say from them (particularly Parr) is another thing! I will put some photos up on the site as soon as I edit a selection and find a better way of presenting them than the current format.

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The pros and cons of film

I love film, it’s such a nice medium to use. However, unlike digital it takes me forever to get anything processed, scanned / printed. The pros of using film are about the experience of using the stuff and the look of the shots when they, finally, get sorted out. Let’s not talk about the cost difference… I have recently got about 30 films processed, I say recently about a month ago, I have managed to scan about four images so far. I still have another 40+ films to process, so at least I am saving up some work for some distant day in the future where I have the magic combination of time and motivation to face the film mountain. You would think with this hassle, I would just pick up the digital camera and dump the old stuff. However, I find myself shooting more film as time goes on. So, why do I shoot a lot of film if I am going to take an aeon to develop and actually see the results? The only real answer I can give to that question at the moment is that film gives me a difference felt experience to digital – both are great mediums for capturing images – but focusing, clicking, winding and reloading is just so nice to do!

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(One of the four processed shots, by the way!)