Perpignan – Objets Trouves

A short collection of images from Perpignan. These are very random and very unevenly edited, and show a very partial view of the town. These were originally intended to form part of a set of images around the theme of the recent French presidential election, as Perpignan is very much a microcosm for the issues central to the election. Unfortunately, conflicts on time meant that it was not possible to complete the necessary sequence, and the images here do not attempt to show the tension between the French middle classes, […]

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Beach #3: Delta 3200 Grain on Screen and in Print

The last beach scene from the test shots from Barcelona with Ilford Delta 3200 in 35mm format, shot at EI 1600 and processed in Microphen stock for 6:30 at 24c. This was shot at the end of the Rio Besòs in very bright light using the M7 and 50mm Summilux stopped down to f11 and fitted with a deep red filter. The “glow” around the water highlights is surprising, as the lens was stopped down probably to around f11. The negatives were “scanned” using an Olympus E-M1.2 and macro lens, using […]

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Beach #2

Daylight test shots from Barcelona with Ilford Delta 3200, shot at EI 1600 and processed in Microphen stock for 6:30 at 24c. This is from a test to explore film and developer options for a higher ISO B&W film than the usual Delta 100 or 400. Shot with the M7 and 50mm Summilux ASPH with a deep red filter.  

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Beach #1

Daylight test shots with Ilford Delta 3200, shot at EI 1600 and processed in Microphen stock for 6:30 at 24c. This is from a test film continuing to explore film and developer options for a higher ISO B&W film. These were shot with the M7 and 50mm Summilux ASPH using a B+W 091 red filter in full sun.

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Salamanca Green

Some images of Ranunculus drawn out in the flow of the Rio Tormes at Salamanca. These were shot from the Roman bridge, using a polarising filter to cut out the reflections from the water and boost the saturation. The 3D-like effect comes from the variation in depth of the plant within the river. We are not entirely sure what the exact plant species is. Some of the white speckles are in reality small white-petaled blossom, but it was difficult to get close enough to inspect the flowers. However, this is almost certainly Ranunculus fluitans, […]

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Concrete #1

Urban development at the edge of El Prat, Barcelona. Leica M7 with 50mm and Delta 400 processed in ID-11 (stock). This was partly an attempt to compare Delta 400 processed in ID-11 with stock concentration and also 1+1 dilution. I am not sure I can see any difference, so I will be sticking with the cheaper more dilute mix for now…

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Madrid

A mixed set of images of street art and advertising materials, shot around the Lavapiés and El Rastro districts of Madrid. The capital of Spain is a visually chaotic environment (outside of oases such as the Reina Sofía), and the sequence is intended to capture some of that.

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Progress #2

Newly constructed tower blocks, Sant Martí, Barcelona. Minolta X300 with MD50mm f1.4 on Ilford Delta 400 in ID-11 1+1. Sadly it looks as if the Minolta’s shutter is failing (after 30 years of use…), and many of the images on the roll were unusable.

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Progress #1

Masia “Tivis” hiding behind a field of artichokes, seen from Carretera de la Marina, El Prat. This is one of numerous small farms in the El Prat area which seem relatively unchanged by recent time. Leica M7 with 50mm and Ilford Delta 400 in ID-11 1+1.

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El Garraf

A set of images from a full-day hike in El Garraf, Catalunya. The Garraf is a calcareous range of hills on the coast just south of Barcelona, and one of the few natural areas that can be reached easily and quickly by train from the city. It is not particularly mountainous, raising from sea level to a little over 600m altitude, but lack of shade and the Mediterranean heat can make the hike harder than you might expect.

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