Assignment – Preliminary ideas

My first idea for this assignment came from a late evening shoot-out session in St Albans, Hertfordshire. I was staying in a country hotel for a work related event and decided to go out after dinner with the intention of finishing a roll of black and white film I had on my Nikon FM. My favorite resulting images are shown below:

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10s at f4. 40mm Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b 9:55 min at 19.5c

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30s at f5.6. 28mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b 9:55 min at 19.5c

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1/60s at f2. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 9:55 min at 19.5c

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1/30s at f2. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 9:55 min at 19.5c

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1/60s at f2. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 9:55 min at 19.5c

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1/60s at f2. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 9:55 min at 19.5c

The pictures were taken quite late at night, most of them after midnight and there was nearly no one on the streets. As I walked around the town taking pictures, I was feeling an inner sense of calm. At some point, street lights were switched off and I had to use my phone to illuminate the pavement briefly while my eyes adapted to the total darkness, yet somehow I did not feel scared of being in such remote place completely alone. It was at that point that it occurred to me I wanted to based my final assignment on suburban areas at night.

In the following nights I went out around my house to repeat the experience I had in St Albans, also late at night. This time equipped with a digital camera, I captured similar pictures (shown below) as well as other new ones that came to my mind as I walked, mostly alone.

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1/40s at f2.8. 35mm. ISO 6400

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1/5s at f2.8. 35mm. ISO 6400

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1/20s at f5.6. 35mm. ISO 6400

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1/6s at f5.6. 35mm. ISO 6400

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1/60s at f5.6. 35mm. ISO 6400

As I looked at the requirements of the brief, I was not convinced I could build a successful series of pictures that I liked and that did not have elements in common or were sufficiently different from one another. There was also the issue that these pictures were also similar to the ones I took for my first assignment, which was also based on suburban life. In view of this, I decided to change track and put aside the project of suburbia at night for the time being and try a different subject for my final assignment.

——————– ooo ——————–

In parallel with the above, I started another project. This involved taking multiple exposures on a film camera, which I had never done before. The location I chose for my first test was the Barbican estate, in the City of London, a place I was familiar with and conveniently located near where I live. I divided my metered exposure by the number of exposures in each shot, but other than that did not make any adjustment. Some of my favorite shots are shown below.

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10 exposures. 1/1000s at f22. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 5:16 min at 23.5c.

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2 exposures. 1/500s at f22. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 5:16 min at 23.5c

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5 exposures. 1/500s at f16. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 5:16 min at 23.5c

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4 exposures. 1/125s at f8. 40mm. Kodak TMAX 400. HC-110 dilution b. 5:16 min at 23.5c.

Some of the pictures were not correctly exposed and ended up giving very thin negatives. In other cases one exposure clearly dominated the rest. But I was pleased enough by the results I got to take this idea forward. It was at this point that I decided to base the final assignment on the Barbican estate, using multiple exposures as a way of constructing a new point of view on the place different from what I have done before.

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