Emptiness


Besides the look ‘n feel of analogue black & white there is the real pleasure of shooting. It is about slowing down and thinking about what you want to capture and how you are going to do it. Measuring the light with an external light meter and taking the image. No chimping. One has to wait until the film is processed.

About two weeks ago I went for a shoot taking with me only two analogue cameras and two rolls of Ilford HP4 Plus. I try to stick to the same film and developer so eventually I’ll that film and that process will have no secrets and I’ll be able to play more with the materials.

Yet I did feel like some kind of time traveller lugging around with a 70’s Olympus OM-1n. It has quickly become my favourite camera.

It was hard to imagine we were well into November as the sun was shining and the overall temperature was about 14°C.

The image of this bridge is one I particularly like. There is the overall tonality of course and the look and feel of real grain.  Yet I am aware that I’ll still have to learn a lot about scanning techniques to get the most out of my negatives.

In my opinion this image is about solitude and symbolizes the way I was touched by the surroundings. I am not talking about aloneness in a negative way here but more how I felt related to the moment and the place.

Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 35-70mm f4 Ilford FP4 Plus developed in TMax Scanned with Minolta Elite Scan 5400 and Silverfast 8 SE
Olympus OM-1n with Zuiko 35-70mm f4
Ilford FP4 Plus developed in TMax
Scanned with Minolta Elite Scan 5400 and Silverfast 8 SE

 

 

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