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How to: Choosing Black and White film and Developer.

This is my personal choice partially made by nostalgia for when I used to shoot and process dozens of film each week, but more relevantly because as I now have limited time I need simplicity. Film choice is subjective but with developer cost and shelf life are a big factor.     My Film Choice. […]

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Failure

Being free to make mistakes provides an opportunity to learn. On commission, or if your own personal investment is high, the possibility of making a big mistake is scary. Digital kind of rules out total failure (unless your cameras/computers go bang) and that rules out a lot of happy accident too. The last time I […]

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New Prints

Finding time to print is a stress but here is the one I’ve made so far this year being flattened underglass (fibrebased prints curl when they dry). It is a lithprint from a time exposure made in the studio in Oxford. I am keeping everything stripped down and non technical both in the image and […]

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News update

‘Kill Your Darlings.’ I am printing tomorrow, first time in ages. I have some new pictures which have a model moving throughout a time exposure. Sounds rubbish but it’s the best I’ve got. Tight editing this year and sharper ideas. Still no time for my own work so must be efficient. If I still don’t […]

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How to: Load the Film onto a Spiral

PART TWO – ‘Load the Spiral’. An extract from the chapter ‘How to process Black and White Film at Home’. The thing which can be the most tricky part about processing is getting the film onto the spiral and into the tank. Fundamental but it is easy to go wrong. Sometimes the film just doesn’t seem […]

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How to Use Film to make Black and White Prints

PART ONE – ‘Making a Start’. An extract from the chapter ‘How to process Black and White Film at Home’. This is what you need: 1. A daylight processing tank and spiral. 2. Three chemicals: Developer, Stop Bath and Fixer. Wetting solution is handy especially if you live in a hard water area. 3. A thermometer […]

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My Next Exhibition

Next exhibition. In progress I have a nude picture based on the ‘Female Nude’ by Modigliani. I was lucky enough to have seen the original during a school trip to The Courtlauld Gallery back in the 1970’s. By the way the piece is back on show there (just off The Strand in London) after a […]

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B&W printing – how to recycle Ilford chemical bottle

Ilford, now Harman, ship their chemicals in high quality bottles made to outlast humanity. Not so good though is the cardboard disc they have always used in the screw-top lid. This has always been a drag for things like photowash where the contents last for years but the lid goes soggy in weeks. It is […]

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B&W printing – how to black out a window

If like me you don’t have the luxury of a permanent darkroom then the problem of making the darkoom light-tight is a big one. No need to buy expensive photographic blackout material or blinds though as there is a much lower cost and much better material easily brought from good curtain shops – 100% opaque […]

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Digital or Film?

In the mid 1980’s I worked in television when the first video cameras for news gathering came in. Point and shoot mode digital nearly always works, a fact which kind of detracts from the pride of craftsmanship film photographers like to experience. In news photography an instant results is definitely a good thing. I was […]

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