I love film photography and darkroom printing, philosophy (I’m a PhD philosophy student) and fly-fishing for wild wary trout in small remote streams. I also enjoy walking the Welsh hills with a camera or fly-rod with my Border Collie.

My dog ‘Badger’ – never very far from my side.

This site is more of a notebook to myself, recording my experiences in the craft of film photography and darkroom work. If anyone finds anything of value here, then that’s pleasing.

I enjoy taking photographs in all formats from 35mm to 7×5 large format. There is something quite magical about conceiving a picture and seeing it develop in a darkroom tray according to the expresssion intended. My work ranges across a broad spectrum from ‘straight’ printing to more expressive modes. My current fascination is with Bromoil. However I am not an evangelist about film. Sometimes a smart phone picture will do very well.

My photography influences are many. I love the work of Eugène Atget, Ray Moore, Frederick H. Evans, Thomas Joshua Cooper and Sally Mann.

My print making influences are many too. I particularly enjoy the printing skills of Stieglitz who meandered to and fro between straight printing and the pictorial style. For straight printing in the high gloss style I don’t think they come much better than Ed Weston.

Finally, and more importantly, I am often reminded, by looking at Andrew Sanderson’s pictures, that good photographs come from the ability to see anew.

Hereford Cathedral, © Tony Cearns, Ilford HP5 developed in Pyrocat HD printed on Ilford MGWT, scanned from print.

Some of my work can be seen here.