Pride Exhibition at Gallery 1885

So here it is after all the preparation my exhibition hanging in Gallery 1885.

The 35mm Project: London Pride 2013 Exhibition

Over the past few weeks i have been preparing for my first solo exhibition which has officially opened!

I arrived at the gallery on Sunday 5th to hang my prints eager and ready to go with 4 lots of A1 and 20 lots of 15″ x 10″. Unfortunately even though i had prepared by buying mount board and cutting it to size (well…) there were some problems that were a little frustrating but a good learning experience.

Firstly, i didn’t have any adhesive to apply the photographs to the mount boards, i opted for this method rather than cutting the mount boards into frames that overlapped the photograph because i haven’t got the time at the moment to spend all day cutting up board so it was easier just to apply the photograph to the board. I quickly made my way into central to buy some double sided artists tape then made my way back to the gallery and started to measure up the photos and apply them to the boards.

Unfortunately i later found out id been given the wrong sizes for the frames, i had pre cut all the boards to 20″ x 16″ when they were 40cm by 50cm so they were too large! After the ‘ahh sh**‘ that poured from my mouth a few times a friend at the gallery helped cut the boards all to the correct size…..again whilst i was continuing to apply the photographs to the boards. Hazar!

After the mounting and framing the photographs took on a whole new feel to them,  i love seeing my work printed and framed in A1 as  it stands out and finishes the photograph. The experience of hanging my own work and organising everything in the gallery has been thoroughly enjoyable and i am pleased to say that the exhibition has turned out exactly as i’d hoped. I am looking forward to my next exhibition in the future!

I will get some photographs of the entire space on the private viewing to add to the blog at a later date 🙂 hope you can all pop along if you’re in the area and see my work in large print.

Brad

Address:

16 Bowden Street
London SE11 4DS

A note to all my followers

It pains me to admit I have been neglecting The 35mm Project a little due to time constraints.

As you may be aware i am at University, when i am not at University i am at work, when i am at neither of those places i am studying in the British Library for my dissertation (an amazing place) or i am shooting for my Pilot Project and researching for project development, or i am in meetings for my Collaborative Project and rendering video for it.

When i am not doing all of that i am either eating, sleeping, retouching or trying to squeeze a few more minutes out of an hour so that i can continue the personal projects i have. Which includes making plans to go to India, The 35mm Project, BC: iPhoneography & The Male Form.

My Pilot Project is based on a violent/abusive relationship i was in, the images are still in development at the moment but i have been inspired by artists Ana Mendieta, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Franko B, Richard Sawdon-Smith, Marina Abramovic and many more.

The photograph below is a still from the series of images that i took (as a performance piece) as this is a blog about film i have used Alien Skin: Exposure to add a KodakChrome 64 effect to the photograph.

kodachrome 64 filter

KodaChrome 64 Filter over portrait from Pilot Project

For those of you that are interested i will be writing my dissertation on “How has photojournalism benefitted from iPhoneography and social media”. I believe that as a photojournalistic photographer and devout iPhoneographer that it is important to research and analyse the effects of iPhoneography and the apps available. Hipstamatic, Filterstorm, LoMob, ScratchCam and various other apps will be part of my research.

There will be posts following on this blog as i have decided to make it ongoing rather than the original 1 year project, however there may be some gaps few and far between at times as it is difficult to get the time to shoot specifically for this blog.

Thanks for all your support

Brad

Ilford Delta 3200 pushed to 12800

Delta 3200 is one of my favourite black and white film available on the market, it produces fantastic contrasts and stunning grain which is irresistible to me. Already being pushed from manufactured 1000 ISO to box 3200 i pushed to 12800 to see what affect if had on the film. The results, i think, are exceptional.

Pushing the Delta punched the contrasts right out, creating deep shadows and punchy highlights. It has also blown out the grain massively but does not create a horrible look to the images, in fact i believe that it has created an old school film look.

Before i continue i have a confession…due to being insanely busy with University projects and my dissertation i couldn’t develop this film myself, i was close to doing it however i just haven’t got the time at the moment. Genie used Neotonal Developer –  23 mins at 21º C

Before sending the film off i was considering to develop in Microphen Stock at 16 minutes which according to www.digitaltruth.com this is the correct time for processing this push. The results from Neotonal are good to say the least!

The photographs span over a month period, this is the slowest roll of film i have shot as i have been shooting a lot of digital lately.  The photos are shot around The The Britain & Elephant & Castle. The last few shots of this film were shot when i was in Charing Cross and Waterloo station after having too much to drink! The multiple exposure of an e-cigarette has some movement as i didn’t carry my tripod.

Whilst the sun was out i shot with my ND16 filter which gives a 4 stop reduction of light entering the lens so i could keep my aperture lower. I tried to stay indoors as much as possible while shooting for obvious reasons.

I will be shooting 12800 again, perhaps even 25600 or higher to see how far this film can go and how much i can squeeze out of developer. Yes, next time i will develop this film myself.

Rollei Retro 80s

This is the second roll of film that i shot in New York City. The first roll is in my previous post Fuji Provia 100F

I was eager to load a black and white film into my camera as i typically favour shooting b/w over colour. I believe this is because of my admiration over the years of photographers such as Vivian Maier, William Eggleston, Henri-Cartier Bresson and others.

This film travels over the Highline, Brooklyn Bridge, Lower Manhattan, Parks and Sidewalks. Unfortunately this is the last roll of film i shot in New York City as i was shooting digital too. The digital work can be seen on my website www.bradleychippington.co.uk

I opted for 80ISO as the weather was astonishing. 30c all week and clear blue skies. Even at 80ISO i had to raise the shutter higher than i expected because of the strength of the sun. The low ISO creates a gorgeous soft fine grain coupled with the contrasts and sharpness of the film produces some strong images.

Once again, not so much with this film as the last but there are a few typical ‘touristy’ shots. I included them in this post as everyone likes to view different types of photography. I however prefer my street work over my architecture work.

#getyourgrinon

My friends at University and I need your support!

As we are being launched into our 3rd year we have started a group project for one of our modules which requires lots of Instagram pictures from all of you!

The general idea is to send us pictures of what makes you smile! It can be anything as many times a day as you want, whatever puts a smile on your face post it on Instagram and include the hashtag #getyourgrinon. Easy!

The best part is all the images we receive will be professionally printed and held at an exhibition!

So if you want to see your work on display in public for a limited time then heres your chance! Exhibition details TBA

Visit @getyourgrinon on Twitter for more information

Also, one last thing…help us out and share this with all your friends!

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Fuji Provia 100F

Greetings!

Over the past month i have been to New York, Notting Hill Carnival, working, getting ready for my final year of University, weddings, parties and all sorts of things!

A member of The Camera Club which i am holding an exhibition at in January prompted me to shoot a roll of Provia 100F next as it was one of his favourite colour films. So i did just that! To my surprise the negatives are positives which upon opening my parcel from the lab i use to process colour film i had a moment of nostalgia of KodaChrome slides.

Notting Hill Carnival was the beginning of my Provia journey, the sun was beating down on London creating a gorgeous deep blue sky and it was hot. I hadn’t realised how big the carnival was as i had never been before, setting off around mid day i covered a massive area eventually walking through to Paddington Station.

Unfortunately the carnival was not what i expected, it was interesting to see various crowds of people and performances however it seems bare and instead of stalls of things to see and do it just contained a lot of food stalls and huge crowds of drunk people. I was wondering where the colour was, where the entertainment was! There were the odd crowds of people dressed in flamboyant outfits with feathers and displays however it got a bit tiresome after seeing one area like this and moving onto the next with exactly the same costumes.

I decided to leave the rest of the film for my trip to New York City, albeit panicking they may x-ray my luggage. There was no fogging on the film so *phew*

New York City is amazing, it is by far the best holiday i’ve had to date, my friend and i did everything you can think of. Helicopter rides, Brooklyn, Uptown, Downtown, Midtown, Greenwich VIllage, Chelsea, Hells Kitchen, Central Park. You name it we did it, we also managed to get into some private rooftop parties for celebrities, check out the local bars, clubs and restaurants and also make some new friends along the way.

Due to this being my first time in NYC i think i went a bit touristy with the photos initially. The film i shot after this in my opinion is better, however it’s black and white and typically i favour the tones, contrasts and nuances of black and white over colour.

The film itself is covered in dust, wether this is an error in processing or a bad cover of emulsion i am unsure but considerable cleaning was required during retouching. Also scanning positives on my scanner seemed a little strange, the colours of the positive when looking directly at the film look saturated and sharp however my scanner seems to have lost some of that saturation, i tinkered with various settings for a considerable amount of time however didn’t come up with anything satisfactory until i imported the files into photoshop for a general retouch and clean up, there was also a green colourcast over the photos which had to be removed.

I have also found that the photographs are a stop or so lower than i originally anticipated when shooting. I haven’t had this sort of problem before so i’m concerned feel that the chemicals during processing where a little strong and the develop has carried on too far. If this continues i will have to change the company i use to develop my colour film.

The Provia has handled well in America and although my shots are somewhat touristy for this roll it demonstrates some of the qualities on Provia 100F. It has a beautiful fine grain and deep blues. The original positives look fantastic. If i was printing from an enlarger i’m sure the results would be stunning. I will shoot with Provia again but use a different Lab to develop the film to get a satisfactory result.

The 35mm Project ‘Pride’ Exhibition

35mm

The 35mm Project has been created to document all types of film available today, out of the box, pushed, pulled and of course developed myself. A photo heavy project focused on breaking away from the digital era and returning to organic, grainy, true photography.

Every year in London on the 29th June the streets are filled with a giant party atmosphere celebrating gay right movements and various sexualities coming together to express themselves in one of the city’s more colourful events. Pride.

Each roll of film captures a different stage throughout the day and into the evening reflecting the union of people and excitement filling the streets of London.

The bold, colourful and saturated Ektar images provide a deep insight into what Pride stands for whilst the later evening shots of Portra 1600 wind the day down with a collection of drunk, playful photos with higher grain and people interacting with each other.

Each black and white film shows the people of pride without the distractions of colour. The grainy, contrasts of Agfa and the soft glow of BW400CN complete the collection.

For this event I wanted my equipment to be as light as possible, I opted for my Sigma 50mm f/1.4 prime for the shallow aperture and it being much lighter than my 24-70. I stuck around f/2 – f/5.6 rarely going any higher.

In order of shooting I started with Kodak Ektar 100, which produced strong, sharp saturated photos. Ektar has been likened for sharing similar properties to KodaChrome 64 which is why I opted for shooting it during pride as it’s now impossible to shoot KodakChrome however I feel KodaChrome had a warmer more contrasty feel to the final photographs which Ektar misses.

The results from the Agfa are exceptional, the contrasts are very appealing, the grain isn’t as fine as I would of expected from 100ISO however it doesn’t hinder the quality of the image, nor is it intrusive giving even and beautiful coverage of the photos.

Kodak BW400CN delivers excellent deep contrasts and tones with a very desirable fine grain considering the ISO. Skin has come out clear and the highlights are giving a gorgeous glow.

Kodak Portra 800 pushed to 1600 has in my opinion improved this film considerably. I think its a great film to shoot with, it has some excellent neutral tones to work with and the slightly desaturated results seem to work well in evening light adding to the authenticity of being shot in the evening.

This exhibition will contain collection of photographs from all 4 rolls of film.

The exhibition starts on the 7th January & runs throughout finishing on the 31st.

Location:

16 Bowden St
London
SE11 4DS

New York & Exhibition

Greetings!

Unfortunately The 35mm Project has been a little quieter lately, this is because I have just returned from a fantastic holiday in New York City with 2 rolls of film which are ready to be developed and scanned. Once they are complete i will publish the next post.

I have also been working a lot of hours and trying to get some other project’s in the pipeline up and running so my time on each area is being managed at the moment and although i am not going to neglect The 35mm Project the spacing in-between each publication may increase from time to time.

Good news i begin my 3rd year of University in a week, i’m looking forward to studying again and seeing my old friends plus also just completing my degree! There are other things i want to do now and my degree is starting to hold me back a little on a massive project so completing it is a big priority at the moment, anyway there may be times when i haven’t got the time to spend scanning film when i could be retouching photos or writing my dissertation. I am a work horse however so this will hopefully be a rare occurrence that my studies affect my project.

Fantastic news: I’m going to exhibit pieces from The 35mm Project at Kennington Camera Club. The Club which i am a member of have their own gallery space which i am aloud to exhibit in. I am really looking forward to this amazing opportunity that i’ve been given! The exhibition won’t be until January as there are other people exhibiting in the space at the moment but i will be having the entire month which is good. I will provide all the dates, private viewings and any other information i get on a future post.

Thats all for now but check in soon on The 35mm Project 🙂

Brad

Kodak 400TX (TRI-X)

The Kodak Tri-X is the first but not last roll of film that i personally developed for this project and it was a pleasure!

My early years of photography were spent in the darkroom learning to develop and print film and ‘retouch’ photographs using various techniques, unfortunately this practice was short lived as i quickly migrated to Digital because of its speed, ease and cost effectiveness.

I had always missed being in the darkroom though so decided for this project that i must start developing my own film again to fully appreciate shooting in 35mm and to please myself in the process.

I shot a roll of Tri-X and booked a brief induction to the darkroom as well as a refresher course on developing film, of course i hadn’t forgotten the process of developing however it had been almost 7 years since i developed my last roll of film so i had to make sure that i didn’t leave anything out.

I met a guy called Dave and there was 2 other people on the refresher evening, one of them i knew, Mike, who works at the Camera Club. Dave is insanely knowledgable and deeply enthusiastic about film photography, perfect! We got chatting and he guided us through the developing process, mixing solutions and the various techniques and tools available when developing film.

After this we each went into our own darkroom, shut the doors, mixed the chemicals, turned out the lights and started spooling! Fantastic! It’s like riding a bike.

Chemical process: Rodinal at 1/25 solution for 300ml 7 minute develop (12ml Rodinal topped up to 300ml water). Agitate for 30’s then tap, leave 30s, agitate twice, tap, repeat agitate every 30s.

Empty developer, rinse for about a minute then Fix with Ilford Hypam. Agitate 30s on, 30s off. All solutions at 20 degrees c. Empty and dilute with water for 15 min, didn’t use stop bath.  Note: Kodak state that you can stand tri-x with little agitation and high developer concentration, using this technique you can push the film to 3200 and beyond, this is something i will be doing in future.

I chose 7 minutes as this was the recommended time by Rodinal for Tri-X. I could also double the time for a slower develop however i wasn’t worried with that this time, in the future i will alter development times depending on the results i want from the grain. So faster develop will make the Silver Halide clump together to produce bigger grain, slower develop will have finer grain.

Film was clear after 3 mins so to permanently fix i leave for another 3 minutes. The reason for this is that film is opaque to stop light bouncing around inside the camera when you take a photo and causing the photo to expose incorrectly, fixing removes the opaque look as well as fixing the image to the film, once the film is clear during fixing make a note of that time then continue to fix again for that time duration (so 3 mins to clear, fix for another 3) this will mean that the film will stay constantly fixed and will last hundreds of years. Rather than going 20 years down the line and it becoming faded or coloured because it wasn’t fixed properly.

Once film was fixed i used some Photo Flow which helps alleviate drying marks then removed the film from the spool and hung to dry in the drying cupboard. 15 minutes later 1 perfectly developed film.

A great website for getting film development times is www.digitaltruth.com

Scanning results where fantastic, there was minimal dust and scratches on the film and the overall quality seems much better than when i have used lab’s to develop. I am tentative to speculate as to why there were minimal dust and scratches, i could of just been very lucky and the film emulsion was perfect however the past Lab results  scratches are too frequent, a part of me thinks that they’re not as careful as i would expect them to be. Suffice to say i will be developing all of my film myself from now on.

Shot on Canon EOS 620 with 24-70mm 2.8 USM L Mk II lens. I am very happy with the results of this process, the highlights have details in them and the shadows are strong, the grain desirable and consistent.