Film Shirt

15 09 2013

I know, two posts in two days. But this is just a quicky to share the vest I made yesterday.


It’s a little untidy around the bottom, since it was the first time I’d used that transfer paper, and I was using an iron rather than the recommended heat press. But it sorta works with the design, I think.

I scanned a box of Ilford film at a high resolution, resized it in PS Elements to 300px and A4 size, and just printed it out on my inkjet onto a decent quality transfer paper (in this case, Yolo JetPro SofStretch) and ironed it onto a white vest. Super simple.


The Long, ‘It’s Been Forever and Here’s Why’ Post

14 09 2013

I considered titling this ‘Art Therapy’, but, rejected that on the grounds that it was too vague. This is certainly the longest, and most personal, post I’m ever going to make on this blog, but rather than leap right back into posting about cameras and techniques without a word about, well, the last 8 or 9 months, I thought I’d write a combination update/things that help when your life’s imploding kind of post.

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Diana Mini

21 01 2013

So, I generally really hate the snow, but since I didn’t have any driving to do this weekend, it’s been less of a stress influence for me, and I’ve managed to almost appreciate it. (Of course I feel slightly differently now that I have to drive to work in it later tonight).

Few shots taken outside with the Diana Mini. I fastened a red filter over the lens (actually, a Quality Street wrapper secured with elastic, but, whatever).



And one extra from the same roll, taken in Leeds a few weeks ago. Set on bulb, guesstimated exposure, resting on the edge of a bridge.


Negative Experiment

11 04 2011

Well, I’ve had a pretty productive weekend where film is concerned, having shot 5 rolls, developed the two black and white rolls myself, found a place in town which does C-41 developing only for £2.99 (for a half hour service), and loaded a sixth roll into the Olympus right before heading home yesterday.

J bought a new scanner recently, and as briefly mentioned in my last post, this weekend has been the first opportunity I’ve had to borrow it. It’s an Epson V600, and it is beautiful 🙂

I’ve scanned the black and whites, and the roll I took to the new developing place, and some of the shots from those have been uploaded to my Flickr.

One shot in particular, of J in a mask, I’d been having thoughts about working on further. I shot a few mask photographs on b&w, with the intention from the start of distressing the negative, and creating something very much inspired by the methods used by Joel Peter Witkin. Back in college, I enjoyed spending time in the black and white darkroom, using odd materials and processes during printing, to see what came out.

Not wanting to destroy my original negatives at this point, or risk getting anything on the scanner bed, I used small squared of acetate in layers, to scratch, and sandwich things between, before scanning. The result is better than I’d hoped, and for a first attempt at this sort of hybrid film/digital means, I’m thrilled with the outcome.


Aside from resizing and converting to jpeg, that photograph is directly out of the scanner, no retouching, no digital alteration, no dust/spot removal.

A Catch Up Post

2 04 2011

For once, I’ve been pretty consistantly active, photographically.

My ‘disposable living’ project has started to move forward a little, and a shot I’m extremely happy with is this one, shot at the beginning of last week.

On Eggshells

I’m pretty certain this will make it into the final selection of work for this project portfolio, so at some point in the near future, I think I’m going to take it to be lab printed, to see how it looks at the size I intend it to be displayed.

Last weekend, we had a trip to Whitby, whilst the goth weekend was on. There’s a wonderful bric a brac/antiques shop there, from which I’ve bought many curious and beautiful things over the years. This time yielded a close to perfect condition Olympus OM10, complete with manual adapter and 50mm f1.8 lens.

The first film I ran through it came out well in terms of exposure (inbuilt meter working correctly), and the lens is clear and sharp. The only problem was a deep scratch over a few frames, but further investigation found that the pressure plate wasn’t mounted correctly on the film door, so it’s likely that it has slipped to the side during exposure and created the scratch.

Olympus OM10

I have a roll of Ilford FP4 running through it this weekend, which I should finish during our visit to Newcastle’s Side Gallery, and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, later today. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to develop that this afternoon, and have some decent results to post.

I’ve taken to the OM10 quite beautifully, though. I really can’t bring myself to put it down. It’s wonderfully lightweight, whilst not feeling fragile or badly made. The meter is simple and appears to be spot on. It looks lovely – like a camera should look, and it’s just ‘old’ looking enough to make shooting in the street an absolute breeze. Nobody pays you much attention at all, and there certainly doesn’t seem to be the look of suspicion you find when using a modern DSLR in the centre of town.

I’ve already bought it a second lens, elevating it’s status to the only one of my cameras to have more than one lens, including my DSLR. Although the secondhand cost of Olympus film glass has a lot to do with it, of course. The latest lens is a 135mm F2.8 Tamron, which is not only glorious for ninja-style street captures, but has the added bonus of being an Adaptall lens. When I discovered this, I had a moment of ‘super-yay’, since the 70-210mm zoom on my Praktica BMS is also an Adaptall, so that can also be used on the OM10 with a simple change of adapter (just as the 135mm is useable on the BMS. Hurrah!) I’ve also picked up a red filter, and a set of closeups, for the 50mm lens, so combining the lot with the little Cobra 210 flashgun I already had, I’ve got a nice little 35mm film setup which now lives in a spare Lowepro shoulder bag.

Also accompanying me today will be the little cardboard 35mm pinhole camera I made last night, using these instructions. My version is a little shonkier that the one pictured, since I used slightly thinner card, and more tape (since I had no elastic band anywhere). It’s got a cheapy roll of Kodak Colourplus 200 in it, so I’m not expecting much, but if I get anything that looks remotely like a picture out of it, I’ll be happy.

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