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Develop; processing in the digital darkroom

 

A short how I do it film this weekend. 

I am, at heart, a monochrome photographer.  It is how I learnt the game with a home made enlarger in a spare room.  It is still often how I visualise an image.  Nowadays of course, with digital cameras we make our images in RGB and the Mac has become our darkroom.  Though I still own, and use a clutch of film cameras, digital is my workhorse.

So I thought, a “How Si works” film would be fun to do. 

The original photo was taken in Northumberland some years ago on an Olympus E3, with a 105mm lens.  As usual, it was shot raw.  I’ve processed it with my preferred editor, the photographer focused Capture One Pro.  I would still much rather have used a Leica or Hasselblad, HP5 and a DeVere504 with Forte Polywarmtone though.  Bach, Beethoven or Abba on the CD player too.

Oh, for the record.  That building storm was a brute, powerful enough to batter the boats moored in Seahouses harbour.

 

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An inner silence: The portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Some of the books from a dyslexic photographer’s bookshelf. Actually, all these books are mine, and all are well read. [sb009864]

Now, I’ll admit to a little bias here. Henri Cartier-Bresson remains an inspiration to me. He and many of his contemporaries like Lee Miller, Robert Doisneau, Bill Brandt and Eve Arnold combined great technique, visual awareness and a deep sense of our shared humanity. And they allowed the stories they told to speak.

Notwithstanding my personal bias, this is a sumptuous colection of portraits; the first to be drawn entirely from the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. The ferocious aquiline face of Samuel Beckett glaring off leftward challenging you, open the book, see what he cares.

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