Tomorrow I’m going to be creative. Tomorrow I’m going to grab my camera, It’s going to be different, I’m going to let go. I’m going to say it on film. I’m going to fly. Tomorrow I’m a photographer. Tomorrow I express. Tomorrow I’m free.
Our intrepid reporter phones in the tight fisted report. The 4.2 magnitude tremors of the Kent Earthquake yesterday were felt far and wide. Causing damage to structures as far away as Cambridgeshire. Either that or some drunk managed to back his car into this Wisbech telephone box.
The fun that you can have with a little XA2 35mm film compact camera.
The two Ilford films from the XA2 (the 50p Camera Project) are dried and scanned. The above is one of my favourites. A candid taken at the burger van of a local mid week car boot sale. I think that it captures the atmosphere of such an event quite well. Car boot sales, auctions, and Sunday markets are great places to catch interesting people.
I developed in D-76 stock, which might have made the HP5 a little grainy, but as any regular readers will know, I don’t shy away from the rough. It adds I think to the feeling of the photograph. Anyway, I wanted to use the developer up, as it wasn’t well stored, and I’m keen to give a bottle of Ilford LC29 a go next.
I guess that is one of the attractions of film and even hybrid photography – we have so many different films, developers, and processes available still, each of which will affect the final image.
Next in the XA2 will be a couple of Poundland C41 films.
I haven’t shown a lot of it on this blog of recent. I do prefer b/w photography, but at the same time, I am the tight fisted photographer, and I still have plenty of Poundland film (AgfaPhoto Vista Plus 200) in my freezer. I tried C41 home processing, I did have some success, but I didn’t really enjoy it, not enough to learn how to keep C41 chemistry well. The nearest photolab is not only incredibly expensive, but on my last film, totally botched up the colour. I’ve even resorted to cross processing C41 film in b/w process and chemistry a few times.
Still, I recently thought I’d try again. My faithful Olympus XA2 from the 50p Camera Project kept looking at me from the camera shelf. So in went a cassette of Poundland film – that Ilford can be so expensive. It was in there a few weeks or so, I didn’t use it to take any particularly good photos, just snapshots here and there. I like the above result – it fitted my mood post general election about the future of minimal government – our parish council certainly provides it. I have a very dystopian view of the future, perhaps I’m getting old.
Anyway, after I used up the 35mm film, I took it to a photolab in Kings Lynn, that I hadn’t used before. Not a chain, but an independent. They charged £2.50 for film process only, but had my film dried, cut into strips, and properly packaged in less than a hour! Colours look good (of course, my scanner will have an effect), and they are clean. Really pleased. They did point out that the quick process was a result of their minilab being hot when i walked in, and I got lucky – but it looks like I’ve got a new photolab resource.
Now, that works out at a cost of £3.50 of film / development for 36 exposures. I don’t think that at the moment, I could get b/w that cheap. Other than cross processing. Better get some of that Poundland film out of the freezer.
Continuing my theme of local anthrophotography. I took the above at the local car boot sale. The very same market, that I bought this Olympus XA2 from, for 50p. The above is an example of that most cowardly candid – the shot from the hip candid portrait. The XA2 is very good for that. The two ladies were clearly of “East European” origin, and were busy selling goods from their stall. I think that their dress and faces give away their origins very nicely.
The local car boot sale / Sunday market is incredibly popular with immigrants from Lithuania, Poland, Czech, Romania, Latvia, Russia, etc. I wonder if the popularity of these sort of junk sales started in the late Soviet era? The seeds of Capitalism. Wherever you walk around the market, you hear so many languages. This is what I was hoping to capture in the silver salts of this exposure.
I’ve long had a fascination with people. I am an armchair anthropologist. That is where my photography seems to be heading – capturing human culture, including their artifacts, on emulsions of silver salt. I can’t think of a better subject than people and their incredible cultures. Humans can be incredibly destructive and harmful. Yet, I can’t think of another known form of Life, that creates such a diversity of culture. That’s what I want to capture.
I should lay claim to the word anthrophotography – is it copyright? I’m an anthrophotographer. What are you?
My favourite photography – both by other people, and myself, captures what i regard as the feeling of living some where, some corner of this earth – the locale. this means trying to capture both the quirky, and the norm. It includes the culture, the ethno diversity of the local people, the local sub cultures – with all of the nitty gritty – not the tourist view.
Let’s call it Anthrophotography.
I’ve made efforts already in capturing both local characters, and the immigration side. Here at the local Sunday Market, I managed to capture another community that strongly figures in the area – the travellers. And he’s got his dog.