I have three younger brothers. Every year we get together and catch up. Every year I try and shoot at least one roll of 35mm black and white film. Mostly whilst under the influence. This year I decided to try something different. I wanted to shoot, dev and produce prints to take away. As we had hired a holiday home for the weekend I took the Toyo.
We are all reasonably creative and Paul, in this shot, is a very talented musician. I decided to shoot a double exposure to create a portrait for him. In total there were six people there, including myself. I shot portraits of everyone using natural light and whilst keys were tinkled and strings plucked I headed upstairs and developed as I shot. I could hear them playing as I crouched in a wardrobe with my little plastic trays and a lightly glowing watch. 1-3 mins dev, 10 secs stop and about a minute fix.
Heading downstairs to rinse they all crowded around to see the results. Everyone got a portrait to take away. I even showed someone how to use the Toyo and I sat for him. A portrait of myself that I like too. It was refreshing to not have to rely on electronics to produce a print and urge you to give it a try if you have the capability. I'll be shooting more for sure now I've tried it.
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- Photographer: Dave Mackay
- Location: St Austell, Cornwall, UK
- Camera: Toyo 45A 5x4 Field Camera
- Lens: Schneider Kreuznach APO Symmar 5.6/150 Copal N0 shutter
- Film: Ilford/Harman Direct positive paper 5x4 Glossy Double Weight Fiber
- Scanner: Epson V600 in Reflective mode
- Lab: Self Developed