Monotone lecturing

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working as an Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, on the BA Photography degree.  It’s just a temporary thing, covering one day a week while the real lecturer is off, but I’m loving it. It’s made me go away and think about what I do, and revisit some of the techniques and approaches I use, as well as introducing me to new photographers who I’ve not come across before.

I am a media centre trolley

I live on Harmer

In the first semester we’re looking at black and white processing and printing, and the students are doing a lot of work on film, and that’s made me go back and look at my own early black and white work (for a more organised selection see the black and white pages on my website). Here’s some of what I dug out:

Woodhouse Moor, Leeds :: 1987?

Woodhouse Moor, Leeds :: 1989?

I started working on black and white film at Leeds University – someone showed me how to dev and print, and I was just totally hooked – I made a print of my mate Suddy, and I decided that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life…

Infra Red Car, SE England, 1988?

Infra Red Car, SE England, 1989

It was just this great moment – loads of time in the darkroom, finding new films (infra red film – above – and the incredible ‘see-in-the-dark’  Kodak TMax 3200 and Fuji Neopan 1600 – below).

Brandon fair, Florida :: 1989?

Brandon fair, Florida :: 1990?

I shot black and white alongside colour transparency and then colour print professionally for the next ten years, only really stopping in 2003 or so.  Here’s a few more images from then, firstly shot on Nikon FM and FE2 cameras, then on a Leica CL, and finally a Leica M6.

Eritrea :: 1993

Eritrea :: 1993

Eritrea :: 1993

Eritrea :: 1993

Sierra Leone :: 1996

Sierra Leone :: 1996

Guatemala :: 2001

Guatemala :: 2001

South Africa :: 1999

South Africa :: 1999

Zambia :: 1999

Zambia :: 1999

Zambia :: 1999

Zambia :: 1999

I’ll post some more about the lecturing later – particularly some of the books its made me dig out of my bookshelf, and some of the photographers who’ve been mentioned and whose work I’ve been stimulated by.

R

Dev :: SHU :: 2009

Dev :: SHU :: 2009