I’m back after a tremendously long absence with the first of a series of analog photography posts! I’m finally getting excited again about creating images and capturing scenes.
For the first time ever in my many years of having fun with 35mm cameras I am finally starting to take it more seriously, and I’m thinking more about capturing certain angles, moods and sentiments more than taking a ‘nice snapshot’. So I think this is the beginning of a more creative and conceptual photographic period, where I’m putting into practice what I learned from just going around and taking random pictures. I feel like I am finally ready to create something.
I like broken things. I believe something that is broken or imperfect always has a story to tell. There is such incredible beauty in things that seem out of place, have crumbled or fallen or have been left behind. Forgotten places and objects piled up into fragments of what they once were, their original pristine appearance long gone. If objects could speak I would listen to them for hours.
People come and go but the tracks remain. Rails shake and tremble with the passing trains but stand their ground firmly amidst pebbles and wooden boards. How many trains have passed through this station?
Now a near-forgotten labyrinth of underground tunnels that run deep into the earth of the hill. People once filled this fort with life, both mundane and military. Stone and iron have stood the test of time and broken wood piles up as the years go on.
This is an Ilford Delta 100 with three separate stories, this being the first.
This is by far my favourite kind of black and white film – it is very sharp, high contrast and next to no grain. If you like a lot of texture and subtlety, this is not for you! But I love the rich black and crisp lines it gives and I feel it works wonderfully when photographing reflective surfaces, light play and angular objects.
My Canon T50 broke recently so I’m using my AE-1 and loving it so far. If anyone knows of a good place where I could get a 50mm 1.2 lens for an SLR mount I’d be eternally grateful.
More things coming soon x