An abandoned farmhouse in North Dakota, not far from the Canadian border. Pigeon filth, broken glass, broken floor-boards.Continue reading
I have long been fascinated by the American Road Trip. Brought up on a literary diet of Kerouac, Steinbeck and Pirsig and then aspiring to the photography of those photo wanderers Frank, Friedlander and Shore, I had always wanted to experience the back-roads of rural America.Continue reading
This photograph took some effort. The church is almost abandoned, lying about five miles west of Rugby, North Dakota. The problem was that the altar and its furniture was not quite square, so I moved the furniture to find symmetry around the figure of Jesus. Whereas I find asymmetry often pleasing, something that is supposed to be symmetrical but is a shade out gnaws at me at little.Continue reading
Wright Marion Morris is better known as an American Gothic writer than a photographer….Continue reading
Taken on a Hasselblad 503 with a Zeiss Planar 80 mm lens. Developed in PMK-Pyro. Printed on Ilford MGFB Classic Matt. Scanned using Epson Perfection V850.
The railroad towns of North Dakota: Minot, Granville, Towner, Rugby, York. Small places, conservative, quiet.Continue reading
There is no better way to learn photography skills, and in particular darkroom skills, than copying the style of a photographer or photograph that you much admire.Continue reading
Last year I went to North Dakota USA, courtesy of Tillman Crane, to photograph abandoned farms. I had seen some wonderful photographs on the internet in all styles: digital and colour film, photo-gravure, straight monochrome prints, and of course Tillman’s own beautiful platinum/palladium prints. I first heard about Tillman through chatting with André Goulancourt at the Inversnaid Photographic Centre in Scotland in about 1998, now sadly closed. So it was great to actually meet him after all this time.Continue reading