A look down the Tamar Valley from Gravelly Beach 6X9 Kodak Ektar Voigtlander Bessa
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Its been quite some time since I posted anything but having taken nearly 18 months to build a new home, studio and an almost completed a darkroom in the last year time for blogging has been a sparse commodity. However I did take a few days off here and there that gave me some time to look around tassie and shoot about twenty films most of which are awaiting the arrival of a LAB BOX from a Kickstarter to dev the black and white. The colour film went off to a local lab THE ONLY C41 lab in Tasmania and they have done a reasonable job even though there is much more spotting to do than I would like. This was shot on Ektar on my 1949 Voigtlander Bessa Its a 6×9 version which is ideal for landscapes… This bay near St Helens is called the bay of fires because of the red and orange lichen on the rocks which under the right light gives the impression of fire on the rocky landscape.
Its a thing that Paul Cazanne uttered a few times ‘treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone’ Its one of the quotes that my art history lecturers used in describing aspects of Cazannes work and for some reason it struck a cord with me at the time and remaind as a key to looking at all imagery not just paintings. It certainly assisted my path through learning drawing to the point where at one point where all my drawings became geometrical. it certainly influanced Piccasso and Georges Braque as well who came before me. Its almost a universal truth that I have adopted and I see in almost everything. Its something that delights me when I see this underlying geometry no mater how mundane subject …
Sigma DP2 Merrill ƒ11 1/50s ISO100
An old excavator in a scrap yard. I love places like this but work safety regulations are now so stringent in many cases with very good reason that it is difficult to get inside places like this. To take photographs in this scrapyard one needs hi vis kit a hard hat steel toed boots and a certificate 2 in work place safety. Theres just no fun any more.