PHVP 3409 Week 15

Hello again and happy New Year!  A lot of time passed since my last post, but I haven’t disappeared. Previous time I wrote just after my formative assessment and during the holidays I have received an interim assessment mark which was 70%. That really pleased me and showed that I am on the right direction. For Christmas Holidays I went back to the Lithuania with all my stuff and it was a nightmare as usual while passing the customs, but everything finally went ok.

To sum up my holidays, I can say that those 3 weeks passed really quickly, however during that time I could have done more work for sure.  Talking about this module, I took my Bronica with me to the Lithuania because wanted to try to take some portraits. I had an idea about comparing people and finding their stories, however I have produced only two portraits . The problem I noticed was that British people are much much camera friendly and willing to be photographed. While walking through the streets of Vilnius I asked many people for the picture, but majority of them always refused it. Damn..   

Here are two portraits which I have made:

According to Vytautas, aged 84 years old by now, story who is on the left hand side, is a writer who published a new novel not so long away and reckons that life hasn’t changed that much during the last 30 years. Of course, Lithuania became independent but now we have different problems such as emigration. With Zigmas, who is on the right I talked less, but find out that he knows where the UK is because his wife’s sister’s daughter is coming back for Christmas.

Despite the fact of only two portraits, I have captured some city urban landscapes as well, in which I am extremely interested and always dedicate some frames in the film when I see something strange in the ordinary. 

Just before leaving to the Lithuania I had some shots left in my Bronica so decided quickly finish it and see what I’ve got. After developing and scanning this film I noticed once again that I am leaving too much of headroom in the photographs which doesn’t look great. In this term, I must fix this problem. 🙂

Keep an eye on my blog because soon in the next post I will talk more about my new found inspirations of stranger portraiture!

5 Roll of Films

As I mentioned yesterday, today I have been working with my films almost more than 6 hours. Developing went quite smoothly, but scaning used the majority of time. I had 3 35 mm B&W films (Kodak Tri-X 400, Fuji Neopan CN 400, Ilford Delta 400) and two 120 films (Same Kodak Tri-X 400 and Kodak T-Max 400). During the holidays I wanted to see and make an experiment with different kind of films, however I wasn’t able to see big differences between tonality and contrast. I would guess, that for reall differences you should be processing with exact chemicals dedicated either for kodak films or ilford and enlarge photographs to see the details. Ilford Delta 400 showed weakest results in tonalities and contrast in comparing with others, but perhaps that is because I used this film with Yashica Electro 35 GSN. Old camera with an old lens, perhaps a slightly wrong exposure, no lens hood made some influence for such results.

In the Darkroom

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Some test prints with crappy library printers

This week I will be posting some images and comenting about each film. I am going to mention, that’s possible that I have found a theme for my next year studies. For a quick example, I am adding bellow some of my taken and scaned photos from the Easter Holidays. Enjoy!