Archive Delve – Essex Cemetery, 1988

Found in an Essex cemetery.

Found in an Essex cemetery.

I saw part of a programme last night which talked about how babies can recognise anything resembling a face almost from birth, but can’t visually recognise anything else until they get many months older. Seems like the ability to identify a face is so hard-wired into all our brains that we see them even when they don’t exist. Continue reading

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You never know quite what you’ll get

2nd Pass lith process on Adox MCC rint

2nd Pass lith process on Adox MCC110 print
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I had a print of this, published here previously, that was a bit dark. I thought I’d run it through the 2nd-Pass lith process, just out of interest. This is how I’d ended up printing the image originally (I left in the distant view extreme right in the finished print): Continue reading

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Old Roses

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Silver gelatin print from an 8×10 negative on Fomalux SP111 glossy paper.

A contact print of an 8×10 film negative made a month or more ago but only processed this week – the wonders of the latent image! And it proves that my dark slide film holders are light-tight…
The variation in tone along the edges is caused by scanning the print before it had flattened!

This is from the first negative made with the recently-acquired Taylor Hobson Cooke Apotar 9.5in f9 process lens. I foolishly forgot to record the aperture used when I took this, but I estimate it was f45. The lens stops down to an astonishing f128! Continue reading

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The ‘Druid Stone’ Revisited – 2nd Pass Lith

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The ‘too dark’ print after bleaching and redevelopment in lith developer.

I was never happy with the prints I made of this negative (detailed here) so thought I would take the worst of two, which was far too dark, and see if I could improve on it with some post-processing. Continue reading

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New Work – Preliminary Scans

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Some scans of recent negatives, made prior to conventional printing.

The images of Stourhead and Bawdsey were made on Edwin Smith’s Ross Autorange camera, recently refurbished. The image of the flowering palm was made on an old Mamiyaflex twin-lens reflex, recently given to me by a friend.

Film throughout is Kodak Tri-X 120, developed in PMK developer. More details will follow when conventional prints are made.

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Silbury Hill

Silbury Hill, Wiltshire - Lith print

Silbury Hill, Wiltshire – Lith print

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Avebury – West Kennet Avenue

Avebury-West Kennet Avenue, Lith print from a 120 6x9cm negative

Avebury – the ‘Druid Stone’?

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Amaryllis-Bleach/Lith

 

The final print, bleached & lith developed after partial reversal.

The final print, bleached & lith developed after partial reversal.

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It happens… (updated)

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6×9 negative with some obvious flaws!

You can never be quite sure what you are going to get with film. This negative, one a series of 8 exposures taken on 120 Kodak Tri-X film, has ‘mystery artefacts’ and I’m not sure what caused them. Continue reading

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Spathiphyllum (‘Peace Lily’)

Spathyphillum, on 8x10 sheet film.

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Lying on my bed, looking at this piece of exotica in my room and thinking ‘that could work’. It’s been done a thousand times or more, but not by me.

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