Thursday, February 17, 2011

Found Objects - Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi - The quintessential Japanese aesthetic!                                                                        

  -  Seeing beauty in the imperfect, in the impermanent and in the incomplete.

  -  The colourful patina as objects rust and eventually disintegrate. The slow weathering of wood.      

  -  Beauty in the ordinary!

Images captured on Nikon D3X. Processed in Lightroom.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Caffenol - Not Everyone's Cup Of Tea

Yesterday I went to one of my favourite stomping grounds to put an old Leica IIC through it's paces. With a roll of FP4+ and a Jupiter 35mm lens, it really was a liberating experience. Preset focus and the "Sunny 16 exposure rule" meant freedom to concentrate on composition rather than technicalities. The choice of developer was Caffenol. Despite harsh midday lighting, the extreme contrast range was handled well by agitation-free stand development.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Filmwasters - Guest Gallery

Filmwasters has included a selection of my pinhole images in their "Guest Galleries".

Colour vs Monochrome - A question Of Interpretation

Whilst on a walk at Kenmo Lake with Cathy this morning, I was mesmerised by the green summer grass and foliage, emphasised by strong side lighting, in the forested areas. It got me thinking about colour vs b&w. Although rather "monochromatic" in its presentation, the original image relies heavily upon colour for it's impact - the trees being very much secondary in the overall scene.

The same (or similar scene) in black and white, however, is a different matter. Impact in monochrome requires a different approach  -  contrast and form! A square crop from the colour image (flipped horizontally) results in an entirely altered interpretation! To my mind the monochrome version has drama, mood and a certain tension not present in the former.
Publish Post

Captured with Canon G10

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Near Creighton

On an assignment near the farming village of Creighton this week, I came across a derelict building and dead tree  -  perfect pinhole photography material.
Captured with a 6x6 pinhole camera on Fuji Acros and developed in Caffenol.