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.
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…
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.
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This has been lying around for a long time unprocessed (taken 13/09/2009!). The scan was dirty, but in the end ten minutes of processing was all it took.
The reflections in the highly polished floor are what caught my eye… really should go back there and see what’s at the other end!
Recently when working through the backlog of film in the fridge, i managed to develop a roll that had obviously been nowhere near a camera. Oops. So professional.
Perhaps to balance that out there was also a roll that had been through the XPan at least twice, and perhaps three times, in London (once in August 2016, again in August 2017), Hamburg, and Nagano. The results are, to say the least, chaotic.
Also in this batch of films was a roll of Ilford SFX 200 shots of my neighbours water damaged ceiling. Obviously under-exposed and consequently rather “moody”. It’s all so much water under the bridge, etc.
Posting this probably signifies that i’ve reached the limits of my ability to post an old shot everyday.
That said, the little gnome in the top left is nice… and look how ‘straight on’ it is!
A slightly off kilter Infrared 代々木 (Yoyogi) crossing shot from 2009. Rails on the busy lines (this is yamanote or saikyo-sen… maybe) are a lot more curved than you might imagine. If i can find this negative it’s one of the ones that would be nice to hang in the house. Düster!
Starting to think that 2009 was a very creative year. Quite where the time came from to shoot and develop all this film remains a mystery.
While working on my shots for the second Fragments of Tokyo there were a lot of attempts that simply wouldn’t work out. These mostly got posted on flickr under the monicker “Various Failures” (shamelessly stolen from The Swans album of the same name), which mostly prompted people to tell me to that they liked them, and that it wasn’t a failure.
What i was really trying to get across was that the shots were a failure in the context of what i wanted to show in the exhibition. Some simply happened too late, others didn’t really fit in with the general feeling, other needed to be re-attempted.
That exhibition was the first time that i’d really worked with a vision of what should be on the walls firmly fixed in my head. The process was in turn endlessly enjoyable, frustrating, and exhausting.
Tokyo Big Sight was an attempt to see a little differently through perspective and bring the pyramids to Tokyo Bay. As you can see above it didn’t really work out. There is definitely a time of day, a focal length where it could have been made to work… but that never coincided with any of my attempts to have it happen! There are, of course, numerous others that will never see the light of day.
One day i’ll go back and get it right… shame it’s such a pain in the arse to get to!