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Holding On

This is one of the more sentimental images I've made in the last 8 years and an interesting lesson in learning to harness the power of a camera.

This image was made in 2009, on one of the first rolls of Ilford HP 400 black & white film that I shot and processed in earnest.  The title of the assignment was People at Work.  The first person who sprung to mind was my friend of many years (nearly 20 already) Aaron, who I knew was always going to be working on something interesting.  I asked him could I call round and shoot a roll of film, he said yes and this is one of the images.

As much as I like the image's aesthetics and technical aspects, there's no doubt that part of its sentimentality is due to the fact that it was shot on film and that I was involved from the moment the shutter was pressed to the finished picture appearing through the developer solution like magic under the red light of the darkroom.  As part of this process, I accidentally scratched the photo paper in a couple of places, adding another level of uniqueness to this print.  

The idea of having printed images is something that has very quickly almost completely disappeared for a lot of people; replaced with photo streams on devices with backlit screens or resigned to hard drives, never to be found or looked at again.  As much as I am a big fan of digital photography and the many conveniences it affords, I feel there is definitely something to be said for a nicely printed & mounted image, whether it was made with an analog or digital camera.

A print is something you can hold, choose where to hang it, change your mind, move it around, look at over and over and really get to know the picture on a different level than is possible with screen images.  Offering prints to purchase is something I've had in the back of my mind for quite a while, especially landscape prints.  They are often the best at evoking a feeling and offering lots of little details that can be explored and rediscovered for a long time to come. 

I have finally got around to editioning a couple of images and offering them for sale here.  Right now there are only 2 variants but I will be adding more in the near future.

(Congratulations to my friend Aaron the ford fiesta mechanic who got married 10 days ago.  His wedding speech was the best groom's speech I've ever heard.  What a guy.)

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