Colour Film

I was scanning some film shots from the recent Swanage trips. So far, the project is primarily about colour. I was quite impressed by the colours that were coming off the digital camera until I scanned a few film shots. Now, I am thinking should I shoot this project with film rather than digital. I prefer using the film camera, but as usual digital is so much more convenient. But, at the end of the day, the film shots look so much better to me. I am still testing out ideas with the project at the moment, so I don’t feel totally committed to one medium or the other. However, if colours continues to be a major organising theme for the work then it is likely that I will continue to work with colour film (Kodak Portra). Here’s a couple of comparison shots to show you what I mean:

 

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Salisbury: Night Walks and Swanage updates

I have posted up the photographs for the exhibition that starts tomorrow at Waterstones. The photos and a little more information about the project is on the ‘Salisbury: Night Walks’ page.

Now that I have managed to get that work done, I will start editing the latest batch of photographs from the recent Swanage shoot last week to post them up! I will update the Swanage image gallery as the project develops, and the major themes that define my view of the town emerge more clearly.

For the moment, here’s a quickly processed shot from the latest Swanage visit:

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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!)