Much of my photographic endeavours over the years have been devoted to producing black and white landscape images. The early influences of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, followed by Fay Godwin and John Blakemore led to the disciplines of using a tripod, having everything in focus and taking precise exposure readings from a hand held meter.
I had my own darkroom and loved the whole process of producing Fine Art prints. It took a long time for me to be persuaded to move to digital but at last it happened and I even discovered colour and photography people! In fact, I really enjoy the ease of using digital (too easy?), with the knowledge that I can use Photoshop to fine tune and enhance my images.
I have now downsized from my Nikon DSLR equipment and use my Fujifilm X100F and iPhone. The weight saving is considerable and makes it much more likely that I will always have a camera by my side.
Recently I have started making Palladium prints. They are valued for their permanence and have a delicate long tonal range which is greater than silver prints. In this digital age, this also satisfies my desire to produce a beautiful hand crafted photograph linking back to the early days of photography. I have also taken this a stage further by taking up Wet Plate Collodion photography. Not a journey for the faint hearted but the satisfaction of creating a glass or tin plate using the same process from the 1860s, is enormous.
For me, the end result of photography is to produce a tangible piece of artwork – something to hold in your hand. From a glass plate to a finely detailed print, both are a joy to behold.