With daylight hours growing shorter as winter approaches, I’ve been making an extra effort to photograph at every suitable opportunity. The portable form factor of the Ricoh GR-1 is doing its job, travelling everywhere with me and providing a useful prompt to stop and make some pictures. My second roll of images with the Ricoh was once more shot on Velvia 50 (note to self: buy some faster film for the gloomy months ahead).
I had the film processed and scanned at the Darkroom in Cheltenham whose service, including free postage, was swift. For 35mm film, I prefer to order medium-resolution scans (1545 pixels longest side from the Darkroom) from the lab to give me an instant overview of the photographs and enable me to send files to Lightroom. I’ve been impressed by the Darkroom’s scans which (according to the metadata) are produced on a Noritsu Koki QSS 32_33 scanner. As I have struggled on occasion to satisfactorily colour correct my own slide film scans so I really appreciate the instant gratification of someone else (or some nifty software) doing this work for me.
Here are some samples from the second Ricoh roll, followed by a link to the whole roll at bottom.
As usual, I spent most of September in the Greek islands: Ikaria, Samos and Patmos this year. Look out for new pictures here very soon.
I am very happy to say that my latest book The Woods is now available through Blurb.
The Woods was shot on location over several months in Oxleas Wood, an ancient deciduous forest in London dating back over 8000 years. The book features a selection of large black and white images shot on medium format film.
Two editions are available. The deluxe edition is 12″x12″ and bound in linen with dust jacket and premium endpapers. The 7″x7″ edition, designed to be more compact and affordable, is also a hardcover book with dust jacket. Both editions are printed on high-quality acid-free archival paper, 148 gsm Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite.
Please visit my Blurb bookstore for more details and online ordering.
Here is a preview of The Woods:
Following some recent shooting with Ilford FP4+ film, here is an expanded gallery for this ongoing project.
Near my home is Oxleas Wood, one of the few remaining areas of ancient deciduous forest in London, dating back over 8000 years. If at all known today, Oxleas is usually associated with Severndroog Castle, an 18th century folly built to commemorate Sir William James’s conquest of Suvarnadurg fortress in western India. The Wood is much valued by the local community which has, from time to time, been obliged to defend the place from thrusting road builders and politicians.
Away from Severndroog, it’s quite possible to walk for half an hour in Oxleas without encountering another human being. The forest is enveloping and tranquil and it is this mood that I am trying to capture photographically. Dead trees, shadow patterns and leaf cover often fill the frame. There is little colour of note. I had visualised these images in monotone and created a custom preset in Lightroom with a warm cast (rather than straight greyscale) for the conversions from E6 (Provia and Velvia). I will be returning with Ilford FP4+ soon as an experiment in this project’s early stages, but here are some initial results.