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Category: Thinking about Photography (page 1 of 2)

Etching, Bromoil and Paper Negatives

At a recent exhibition of Rembrandt’s printmaking techniques I was struck by the similarities between Etching, Bromoil and Paper Negative printing. All show the hand of the artist. All share a certain sensibility.

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Statues

I have a thing about taking photographs of statues, particularly in natural settings or cemeteries. It is hard to put into words but for me statues can evoke a sense of time stood still. It’s that influence from Atget.

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Berlin Museums

Berlin 2019, Olympus Trip 35; Ilford XP2 Super

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A light-hearted moment

Olympus Trip; Ilford XP2 Super; C41 Process

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Broken clock and tape

Broken clock and tape; Cropped; 120mm Macro Planar lens; 120 FP4+, Rodinal
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On copying other photographers

Every student of photography will have their own list of favourite photographers. Perhaps we live in the hope that a well crafted list will somehow reflect well on our own ‘maturity’ as a photographer. Bathing in the light of a famous photographer, citing a photographer as an ‘early influence’, having a selfie with a well-known photographer – Ha! I guess we have all done it. At the very least, I plead guilty …

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Photographing the British countryside

There is a strong trend within modern landscape photography to embellish, to fortify and to dramatize what is seen. It is the contemporary paradigm, a modern form of romanticism. Perhaps digital photography and post processing naturally leads to this.

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St Marcella’s Church, Denbigh, Wales.

St Marcella’s Church, Denbigh. Pinhole photograph by Tony Cearns. Printed by Andrew Sanderson on Ilford Art 300 using a paper negative.
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What phase am I in?

This last couple of years has seen me re-evaluating everything that I do as a photographer. It has both good and destructive moments, such is the nature of introspection. But you don’t get far in life in any manner that really counts without the capacity for self-doubt.

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Tuaillon’s Amazon, Berlin

When in Berlin, I’m often drawn to Louis Tuaillon’s bronze statue of the Amazon. It is situated in-between the Altes and the Neues museums. Perhaps it has something to do with its composure and austerity, providing an antidote to the Baroques sculptures that adorn the area? …

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