Without further ado, and with much deliberation, the final three images from my mini 6 week bridge project. The task was to shoot a particular location and create a series using three photos. The advise and guidance of one of the photographer’s running the project really helped me with the narrative and sequencing. Hope you guys enjoy and would love to hear your thoughts
So I have not had the chance to shoot nor scan the 3 remaining rolls of my processed superia 400 film.
Plus I am finding it difficult to pick the three photos aswell. How do you choose them as a coherent set? What narrative do I wish to show? Portraiture? Shadows? Still life?
Perhaps Morning, Lunch and Late in the afternoon? Decisions decisions. Tips and advice welcome!
I am part of a flickr group called Street & Repeat 106.Every two weeks a new instruction is given to help photographers challenge themselves and see the world in a new light. For this instruction we are asked to pick a location and create a series. We are given six weeks to get our images rather than the usual two. In the end we are to have three images to submit for review. I have decided to shoot it entirely on film as an additional challenge. So far I have been a massing a mix sort of images, from portraits to still life.
It has given me the confidence to engage and ask people for their portraits as well as handle rejection much better.
Pentax K1000, 50mm and my Canonent QL17 GIII 40mm (for a slightly wider focal length)
Fuji Superia 400 for consistency.
My initial thoughts on the project.
The pedestrian bridge acts as both functionally and metaphorically, ie Perth City’s desire to connect the two hubs, Perth CBD and its more lively, bar and cafe filled neighbour Northbridge. The two areas were physically divided by a railway line, which has now been sunk and put underground in order for a new development approriately called the “Perth City Link” This pedestrian bridge is one of the few points which you could see the development, at a high point.
This pedestrian bridge is also one of two which allows pedestrians to bypass the street below and directly connects them to the cultral centre. As such the bridge acts as the inbetween space, where all sorts of characters walk by, arriving from the trains, on their way to either, the art galleries, cafes or bars. Mix this with the homeless people using the cultural centre as a place to sleep at night . I would like to capture the narrative of the City and its characters through this bridge.
The street art scene in Perth has increased quite a bit. The local government has commissioned international artists to work all over the city. I usually dont like taking photos of other people’s work, so I try to take it in my own point of view. Sadly I do not know who the artists are and thus cannot give them credit. If you recognize any of the artist work please let me know. The films I used are Agfa Precisa CT, Kodak Ultramax 400 and Agfa Vista 400 & 200. All taken with the little Canonet QL17 GIII.
Although technically not my first slide film as I shot some expired tungsten film at the beginning of my film journey, seeing the results of the Agfa made me appreciate and marvel at the beautiful colour positive film gifts us with. I see nothing close to it in the digital age. So much so that I am thinking of purely shooting slide film and investing in a several more rolls of Agfa Precisa as it is affordable to buy from ebay. I also found a very good lab that does processing. Abit on the expensive side but the scans are tiffs and the processing is superb. My scans look so much more richer and clean. I hope they stay around for a long time.
I have began exploring film as a creative medium rather than just something to capture a moment while out and about. Seeing Rebecca Norris Webb and Ralph Eugene Meatyard work has opened up a whole other realm of photographic possibilities.
All the shots are from the same roll of Kodak Ultramax 400. The last shot is the first time I have tried using film for long exposure work. I used an app as a lightmeter which thankfully worked out. I love how film creates such unpredictable colours and effects.