Project log – Week 10 of Informing Contexts; 7th April to 13th April, 2018

Over Easter I managed to arrange three shoots, two for my Croydon shopkeepers project, one for my main Researcher’s and Influencers project. I also received my processed film back from a developers I’d sent it to in Birmingham. Quicker than Aperture the use of post still ads some time to the process.

The shoot with Alfonso took some time, more time talking than taking pictures. Easily the most difficult environment so far, While his shop isn’t that small he has it chock full of equipment that is either in a process of repair available for sale. Just setting up the Hasselblad on it’s tripod was not so easy.

Graham Land:  Alfonso Camisotti , April, 2018 (digital scan from 6x6 cm film negative)

Graham Land: Alfonso Camisotti, April, 2018 (digital scan from 6x6 cm film negative)

The shoot with Carl Nielson at Rockbottom was more productive,. The main challenge here was his lighting. Fill-in flash proved tricky to use without removing the normal look of the displayed products on sale. So in the end I largely used ambient.

Graham Land: Carl Nielsen, Rockbottom, April, 2018 (digital scan from 6x6 cm film negative)

Graham Land: Carl Nielsen, Rockbottom, April, 2018 (digital scan from 6x6 cm film negative)

I immediately took my exposed 120 film from my Hasselblad to Metro Imaging in the City of  London. Picking up the more than acceptable results when I delivered my film from my third shoot of the week.

This shoot was with Professor Geoffrey Maitland, Geoff. Geoff is an ex-industry academic who runs a department researching and training ‘Energy Engineers’. Chemical engineering that includes the very new subject of carbon capture.

Graham Land: Energy Engineer, Professor Geoffrey Maitland, April, 2018 

Graham Land: Energy Engineer, Professor Geoffrey Maitland, April, 2018 

The shoot went reasonably well, we shot in his carbon-recycling research laboratory and an inaging lab that hosts a human CAT scanner, though in his case it’s applied to carbon-dioxide soaked ore samples. Afterwards I was disappointed to realise I’d missed a very obvious white post that mucked up the background of a number of shots. I was further disappointed when on the Monday, a couple of days later I discovered that I must have loaded the film the wrong way  round, the backing paper facing the lens. A blank roll of developed film.