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.
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:
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…
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).
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.
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.