Originally known as ‘The Olivet Home’ it was built to be an orphanage in 1886 by Alexander Orr Reid as a memorial to his only son who was killed in a shooting accident. It was purchased by Ballygowan Presbyterian Church in 1918 and used as a school and church hall. The inscription on the building is ‘The Time is Short’ – thought to be a reference to the death of one of the construction workers, who fell to his death from the roof. A white stone on the top of the tower marks the event.
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.