Black and White 4" x 5" Sheet Film

Turning back the clock and shooting on film is a wonderful break from todays ubiquitous digital cameras, photoshop and the perfection that comes with the control we have today. What is missing at times is the authenticity of analogue photography, the ability to let go and embrace mistakes, scratch marks, dust and the cumbersome nature of the equipment. It makes one slow down and consider before committing to the image. Each press of the button is costly in terms of money and time to later develop, dry and scan. These were shot with a Horseman 4”x5” field camera at a retro motorcycle event in Townsville. Its not the sort of camera I would normally chose for the job. I’m limited to 20 images before needing to return home and load up with more sheet film in my double dark slides. Surprisingly my success rate was close to 70% - a far cry from the temptation to “spay and pray” when working in the digital world.

Hopefully I can find more time soon to shoot with the wonderful Horseman Field Camera…

New Zealand Hiking

Last November I had a wonderful time hiking the Milford and Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand with Amelia. It goes without saying that New Zealand punches way above its weight for eye candy wilderness (just don't mention the SAND FLIES Andy). I've also said it a million times before that I love shooting on days with strong sun and stormy clouds - fortunately that seems to be the norm in NZ. For the Milford hike I went light weight and only took my Fuji X100T which did an amazing job and was always at hand in a small pouch on my backpack.

Newcastle Ocean Baths

I was in Newcastle recently shooting for a client. As luck would have it I stayed on for the weekend by the beach overlooking this amazing art deco ocean bath. A little old and weather beaten from 100 years of salt, wind and ocean swells the place still has great charm and is obviously loved by the locals. I'm guessing a few years ago some work was done to restore the facade and some of the facilities but much of it would seem to be in original condition. Between trips to the local surf beach and poking around town I spent a fair bit of time at the pool capturing the locals at play and the various moods of the place.

John Olsen one of my favorite artists was having a show at the local gallery. He was born in Newcastle in 1928 and they were celebrating his birthday on the day I visited. A raffle was been held to purchase one of his works. The prize - one of his limited edition prints so of course I purchased 10 tickets - fingers crossed.