I visited Carrickfergus on Saturday, 10th October, on a grey overcast, but warm morning, to wander around the castle with my Nikon F/100 camera and a roll of Ilford Delta ISO100 film.
The town was very quiet for a Saturday morning – I wonder is it like this all the time? There were very few people about. The seas were calm, and the harbour quiet. Here’s few monochrome images from the day (and a couple of colour intruders)…
Photography should never just be a profession or occupation. It should be a passion – for when the photographer loses the passion for image-making, just for the sheer joy of making an image, it is time to put the camera on eBay.
There is great satisfaction in going to a town or village or landmark or area, and just making images for no other reason than to make images! When I indulge my passion for photography, I like to use film, to shoot with my Nikon F100, and to shoot in Black and White. I like to develop those images in chemicals myself, at home, at the kitchen sink, using methods I learned many years ago.
Driving in the lovely Autumn sunshine today, near Purdysburn, outside Belfast, I came across this old, isolated gatepost, just begging to be photographed! Observe the texture in the old post, and the background and foreground interest in the image, giving it a sense of depth and distance.
On Tuesday, 22nd September, I had occasion to visit Downpatrick, Co.Down, and after I’d completed my work there I went for a walk around the grounds of Downpatrick Cathedral. Unfortunately the cathedral building was closed, so no interior shots, but there were plenty of visitors and tourists around the building and in the adjoining churchyard, for Downpatrick is the (alleged) burial place of Ireland’s patron saint, Patrick. Continue reading St Patrick’s Grave→
Sometimes one doesn’t have to go to far from home to enjoy a day’s photography, and last Saturday, 19th September 2015 was one of those days. The annual Ballygowan Vintage Rally was held in its usual field on the Tullygarvan Road, just 20 yards or so from our house. So, armed with the Nikon F100 and the (vintage!) Nikon FM2 both loaded with Ilford HP5 film (ISO400) for appropriately grainy images of the old cars and vehicles, I set out to capture some images.
The colour images were made with the iPhone, – just when I needed to record some colour. The monochrome images were developed as per my usual methodology, Fotospeed FP10 at 7 mins, fixer for 10.
On Friday 12th September 2015, between appointments, I took a stroll through Alexandra Park, in north Belfast. It was a poignant, nostalgic break in an otherwise mundane day, for I hadn’t gone to this park to exercise my legs, but to exercise my memory. My grandparents, Bob and Jeannie Kirk had lived in this park, in the gardener’s house, in the late 1950’s and early 60’s. Bob Kirk had been the foreman gardener at Glenbank Park in Ligoneil (where I was born) and his move to Alexandra Park as forman gardener would have been seen as a promotion. He took up residence in the Park Lodge, and remained there until retirement in 1965. While they lived there, I spent many happy days and evenings with them, travelling over by bus, down the Falls Road, and catching the No.77 Belfast Corporation Bus, (That famous bus route that wound through the streets of Belfast from the Gasworks to the Waterworks) alighting at the Waterworks.
In a combination of Old and New technology, I made this image on the iPhone, using my brilliant new ‘Hueless’ App. I noticed this old Remington typewriter sitting on a sideboard at a wedding in Brownlow House, Lurgan. I suspect it was supplied by the bride or the wedding planner. Regardless of how or why it was sitting there, it looked like a good subject for a photograph!
I imported it to Photoshop (the iOS version) and tweaked it just a tiny bit, to produce this rather pleasing image, where the manufacturer’s name is nicely highlighted against the low-key natural background …
Around 4 years ago, I loaded new batteries into my Nikon F100 film camera. We were moving house at the time, and I had moved the cameras to our business unit at Dundonald. When I went to collect them, two months later (we were two months in temporary accommodation) the F100 wasn’t working.
I set it down on a shelf and left it there. From time to time I tried to switch it on, but with no success. I thought about taking it to get repaired, – but then, what is a film camera worth these days? the cost of repair might be more than the cost of a second hand camera. A few times I considered just putting it in the recycling bin.