I have always loved black and white photography. Using only shadows and lines to create depth, contrast to create structure. It’s my favourite way to see the world.
Even photos that end up being in colour: I usually shoot everything in black and white (I shoot RAW, so only the preview is black and white in reality). When I get rid of colour I can focus on composition, it makes me feel focused and able to find new angles.
Lisbon is a city that suits black and white well. It’s a city of contrast, lights and shadows, new and old.
It was also the last destination of our trips, before the world shut down.
Unfortunately we didn’t get to visit it thoroughly, the landscape of rolling hills and narrow lanes was ill suited for my then pregnant wife.
Alas! I am afraid we’ll have to go back and finish the job… 😀
A couple of interesting events took place over the last few weeks: the Women’s march in Dublin – coinciding with similar marches all over the globe – and a evening protest outside the US embassy against the so called “Muslim Ban”.
Apparently some of the latest choices in American policy are not well regarded in Ireland…
Sometimes it’s good to go back. Let go of all the modern technology and return to the basics. I started shooting pictures using film (well, it was 1995…) and I have kept using film well into the first decade of 2000. I only switched to digital 7-8 years ago, but every now and then I like to back to film. That’s what I have mostrly been doing for the past few weeks and I forgot how fun it can be 🙂
Slowing down, thinking more about the composition, metering to get a good exposure, waiting for the right moment and *click*.
The quays. Canon FTb, HP5+.
Walking the dog. Canon FTb, HP5+.
Connolly station. Canon FTb, HP5+.
Connolly station 2. Canon FTb, HP5+.
Gotcha back. Canon FTb, HP5+.
No spray and pray, no do-overs… Ok, some film can be quite forgiving, but you can’t get it too far off the target or you lose everything.
I have also got my hands on an old MF Zenza Bronica and I really like shooting with it 🙂
Poolbeg chimneys from Clontarf. Zenza Bronica SQ-A
Poolbeg chimneys from Clontarf 2. Zenza Bronica SQ-A
Dublin bay. Zenza Bronica SQ-A
Dublin bay, Bull Island. Zenza Bronica SQ-A
Men’s shelter, Bull Island. Zenza Bronica SQ-A
Wooden bridge at dawn, Bull Island. Zenza Bronica SQ-A