Black and white prints

So my photography course has started and right at the beginning we were exploring what it is like to work with black and white film cameras. (I should have blogged this earlier). A while back me and rest of my colleagues on my photography course were taken to the new forest and a harbour village. We were  told to photograph the landscape and terrain there experimenting with different light and shadows within our images.

Time went on and I then learnt how to use the darkroom and how to process my black and white film. I then developed my film and this is how they came out.

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After I developed some film, I produced several contact sheets before producing my final images. For my first contact sheet I experimented with four different exposures, 5,10,15 and then 20 to see which exposure would show my images the clearest. This is what my practice contact sheets look like. You can see the different shades of light.

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I came to a conclusion that an exposure of 13 seconds would be good, and so i tried it and was happy with the end result. Most of the images can be seen clearly, although when it came to producing my final chosen images I had to change the exposures so that my images came out with the correct shades of light. This is my contact sheet with a 13 second exposure.

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I then developed my final image

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Documentary project development 1



  Tatto Studio

  Contact Sheets

The theme i chose for a project that i am working on at uni was Intimacy and documentary. I was influenced by photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Garry Winogrand, Martha Cooper, Eugene Richards, Elliot Erwitt and Alfred Eisenstaedt. Their work intrigued me when i saw how they each photographed documentary in different ways. I took some of their ideas and incorporated it into my own shoots, showing an understanding of their work but also creating my own ideas about what i thought intimate documentary was.

Throughout the first half of my project i focused on photographing people in the city, working places, shops, pubs, bars etc. I wanted a series of my images to document their lives from far away and sometimes in close proximity. I produced contact sheets and final prints in black and white film.