November 25, 2009

Light Fantastic

I used to consider myself a fair photographer, even learned (and forgot) all the darkroom basics and did a bit of experimentation. I might even dig some out and post them. Hard to remember when I lost interest, but I’m sorry it happened and I recently dug some old rolls of film out of my fridge (that had been there for nearly thirty years!) and got into it again.

These were shot on Ilford FP4. Note the enhancement of the grain (click on the images), caused by long storage and delayed processing. The processor and I were both amazed at the density of the images and the contrast in most. At least there wasn't any fungus growing in the rolls. This film has been in and out of seven or eight fridges since about 1980.

Now for the real deal…

National Geographic's International Photography Contest 2009

Andrew and his friend, a young sperm whale named Scar, were swimming together off the west coast of Dominica. The two of them became "friends" after Andrew saved Scar's life. (Photo and caption by Peter Allinson)

This is from a selection, chosen for an article in The Boston Globe, from National Geographic's International Photography Contest 2009

Be amazed...


  1. Nice photos, Ian, but I shudder to think what else you've kept in your fridge(s) for almost 30 years.

    Cheese sandwich, anyone?


  2. Oooh! Take it up again! :D

    (And please post some of your work.)


  3. Thanks Sophie and Bob!

    When I first took a course, I was working so I did Night Photography; I’ll find some of those.

    No sandwiches, though there were some rather suspect jars of chutney that travelled with the film for quite a few years. They didn’t kill anyone as far as I know…

  4. I like the composition and quality of these. Have you got any more?

  5. Thanks Barry! These turned out better than I expected - yeah, I'll have to get back into it (starting from scratch again), and I'll dig out some of my old stuff.