On / Off Going Series

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It’s supposed to say “something” about advertising.

Blue Port Hamburg – Reprise

The last Blue Port post was a few months ago, and ended with a promise (threat?) to venture out again in B&W film. Sooner than expected here are some of the results.2020-5_72020-5_192020-5_6

Starting off gently, more of the same commitment to not getting anything in focus / sharp. So far, so good.

Then things get a little “odd”. I had this idea to take multiple exposures, the XPan has a button and all that, but with the camera inverted for the second shot. No, i don’t know what i was thinking either! Maybe some sort of mirrored thing around the horizon… but in the dark and with lots of lights…

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Yeah, in hindsight, that’s about what you might expect! If attempting this again it might make sense to try during the day with shutter speeds of less than two seconds.

APT-E In the Wild?

Along with all the b&w negatives, and a few colour slides, there were a few strips of colour negative film. At first i couldn’t work out why they would have been taken. They are mostly out of focus, blurred by camera shake… and lets not talk about the weird colour casts!

Having actually scanned them, it eventually dawned on my that they might have been taken by my Grandfather at the behest of my Father, who was probably on the train that loosely features in the shots.

The other clue is that there is a picture of my Grandfathers Jaguar parked up by the side of the road. If there is one thing that i’ve learned from scanning all these old pictures it is that my Grandfather loved photographing his cars. We’ll come back to that!

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British Rail APT-E

Hidden in a bag of old family photographs where a couple of 120 film slides. They could do with a clean, and feel rather faded.

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My father was a member of the APT-E engineering team in Derby. At least that’s what i remember.

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Printed on the slide frame is “British Transport Films” at the top, and “Melbury Terrace, London N.W.1” at the bottom.