Tuesday, August 15, 2006

There's this guy I know....

....who really likes his traditional photography. Old school cameras with no fancy electronics, black & white film developed in the kitchen and printed in the back bedroom. Real photo's with a little bit of his soul in every one.

Problem is, recent months have seen a complete cessation of any form of silver halide exposure. Darkroom being turned into storage room whilst house stuff is being done and a shortage of chemicals for a while has really curtailed the artistic endeavours. To remedy this and after much soul-searching, matey has taken a drastic step and purchased himself a digital camera. Nothing fancy mind, it's pretty much fully manual with nothing in the way of bells & whistles but it has got him out & about snapping again.

He's trying to ignore the constant insults and abuse being hurled by his Jimmy Cricket but it's no good, the only way to placate the little bugger is to unpack the other cameras and start using them again. He still needs somewhere to develop and print though, so thoughts are turning to building a shed in the garden for a darkroom and turning the conservatory into some sort of studio that can also be used by his wife for her new jewellery hobby.

Much as he hates to admit it, turning (albeit in a small way) to the evil god digital seems to have fired him up again, creative juices have started flowing and the new camera has opened up imaginative possibilties that used to be too much effort.

To get an idea of what's going on in (ahem) his head at the moment check out the new photoblog here.

9 Comments:

Anonymous the letter b said...

well, i plumb for digital only because i could snap away without worrying those frames that turned out poorly are a waste. and yes, the creativity that comes with it is endless especially photographing my jewelleries.

BUT for the sake of convenience and ease of use, i have no other choice but to sacrifice the "soul" of photography. what to do? films are so ridiculously expensive these days. and the worst insult ever brought on by digital? just any tom, dick or harry [read: in singaporean context] could style themselves as "amateur photographer". pass the sick bag, please. anyone.

6:04 am, August 17, 2006  
Anonymous the letter b said...

ack, that should be read as "plump". sorry all.

6:05 am, August 17, 2006  
Blogger Surly said...

I feel ya brother. I've got at least a dozen rolls sitting on the shelf in the darkroom and my freshly mixed chemicals went bad months ago. I've got a "new" enlarger I have not even tried out. I have a pile of vintage cameras from 35mm rangefinders and slr's to TLR's and two 4x5's that are all sitting while I work overtime and do home "improvements". Your photos are quite nice btw.
At least you have a nice new scooter.

10:58 pm, August 18, 2006  
Blogger coho said...

Hiya, sparx!

You know, a digital camera becomes an excellent motorcycle accessory with a R-A-M handlebar mount. You probably wouldn't want to do that with your "real" cameras.

Nice pics. Your missus has a lovely eye.

3:52 am, August 23, 2006  
Anonymous Collin said...

Well, I've just gone almost the other way entirely.

Been shooting with digital (Canon EOS 10d) for about 18 months and last week I dug out my Bronica ETRs, put a battery and some film (mmm Fuji Velvia!) in and went to a car show.

Brilliant - it challenged me tho think about my photos rather than "happy snapping" or "machine gunning".

Of course, I took the 10d too!

5:21 pm, August 23, 2006  
Blogger Vics said...

so.. got locked in the darkroom did we? *sigh* hasn't the missus come looking for you yet?

9:50 am, September 27, 2006  
Blogger coho said...

Hiya, sparx!

I just ran across the link to these pictures at theKneeslider.com and they reminded me a bit of the bridge support pic at your other site.

Seemed more appropriate to post the link over here, though.

http://www.confederate.com/gallery.php

6:11 pm, October 01, 2006  
Anonymous Mad said...

Oh where has our Sparx gone?

4:36 pm, November 06, 2006  
Blogger Mick said...

Theres this guy I know ....
... who hasn't updated his blog in nearly a year. Must be a touch of the Gilberts.

9:21 am, July 24, 2007  

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