I was shocked recently when I revisited the source, as in River, of my Edgelands series. All manner of rubble bunds are strewn around the place and the site with my old rusty tin hut has reptile fences all around it.
Something is going on. The reptile fences are to keep creepy things in but the rubble is to keep unwanted people and vehicles out.
This morning I was shooting large and medium format film and both formats have the bunds in the foreground. I moved the tripod to the edge of the bund for this shot which is not far off the position I used back in 2014.
Is anyone doing anything in the group?
Wednesday saw the announcement from bath HQ of the finalists for this exhibition.
Sadly I never made it with my image that got shortlisted.
From the series Edgelands
This is part of an extension of my Edgelands series where I am making images of ‘agri-dustrial’ buildings in our East Anglian landscape. Conveniently, they occur in Edgelands areas. This site is Muntons of Stowmarket. Muntons very kindly gave me access to their site to make images over a 3 month period.
The weather has been against me of late with all the best large format weather being sacrificed to painting our refurbished sash windows. That was a job I was not expecting to have to do this autumn but it is just as well that I got on as we have nothing but rain since.
I have been re-working some images as a result of new scans and here is one from Melton – it is in the Edgelands exhibition but I believe this is a far better image having re-scanned and re-processed it.
British Sugar at Sproughton never made it onto the wall but it was in my book.
One of my Docklands images has also had a makeover. I’m not sure I have this one right at present.
Revisiting work and re-working it after having published it is an interesting experience. I suppose it is not unlike my ethic of re-visiting locations time and time again to make the work in the first place, When will it end?
This time next week we will be finalising the finishing touches to the Edgelands exhibition. I am very grateful for the support I have had from group members in getting this show on the wall. The encouragement and manpower offered has helped a great deal.
I hope to see as many of you as possible at the PV and I would welcome feedback on the show.
I’ve been quite quiet of late. Much to do with the forthcoming exhibition.
Original post November 2, 2014 By: Tom Owens
Debates abound over the use of black & white over colour photography. For me, I shoot both and when I am out shooting medium and large format I have the luxury of being able to drop on a different film magazine or use a different double dark slide that I have packed ready for the shoot, or indeed shoot on Fuji Instant using the adapter on both formats.
This scene was shot for my Edgelands project. A Toyo 45C monorail view camera was used and apart from the metering and thus the change of exposure, no other adjustments were made. There is of course a time difference on more than one plain as the colour image was made on Portra 160 and the B&W on HP5+.
Which of these two do you prefer? My exercise at the time was academic. The entire series is produced in colour but several of the B&W images made do convey a totally different look and feel
Dust removal post scan and curves, sharpening etc have been applied. I do not normally add or remove data other than artefacts introduced during the many processes the processing goes through. Life is too short.
One result of this shoot at Freston was contracting ringworm from a burdock spur that lodged in my sock. It took some 5 months to heal. One of the risks of planting tripods in undergrowth. The camera was approximately 8 feet off the ground for this shoot.
Here are a few more to consider.
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