Friday, July 29, 2011

Graphic Forms

July's very heavy snowfalls, across most of the south eastern part of the country, provided some interesting photographic opportunities. Fences, trees and other bold objects are shown in isolation,  resulting in strong graphic designs.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Winter Landscape

Two winter landscapes captured near Westminster, south eastern Free State.

6x7 Pinhole camera loaded with Fuji Acros and developed in caffenol.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Corrugated Iron Structures

A few more images from my recent trip. Captured with a 6x7 pinhole camera on Fuji Acros and developed in Caffenol.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Old Mill

I have just returned from a 1500km road trip to some of the more remote areas of the Eastern Cape and Free State. Some of the small towns along the way provided wonderful photographic opportunities and I'll certainly be revisiting them in the future. In many ways rural towns around the globe share much in common - young people moving to the cities in search of employment  - buildings falling into disrepair and a general air of neglect. One little gem was the hamlet of Westminster in the Eastern Free State. It's derelict rail siding, old houses and abandoned shops are the only reminder of a once thriving community.

A friend, and local farmer, arranged for a visit to an old mill on private property and what a find it turned out to be! Crafted from local stone, the mill ground corn which was transported by ox wagon to the Kimberley diamond fields in the early 1900's. Happily the current owner is lovingly restoring the building to it's former glory

Images captured on an 8x10 pinhole camera.
Arista paper negatives developed in highly diluted developer.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Industrial Decay

Old derelict buildings have always intrigued me. The play of light on steel and cement creates abstract images with an air of mystery and suspense.

6x6 Pinhole camera. Images captured on Fuji Acros and developed in Caffenol.

Friday, July 1, 2011

6x7 Pinhole Camera

I recently finished my latest project - a 6x7 pinhole camera. A Mamiya RB67 back is the film platform. The design incorporates an internal shutter - a focal length of 40mm - a 220 micron hole. I am planning to take it for a spin this weekend.