Printer by trade and photographer by heart …
I have been shooting for over 36 years and even though I have shot for money quite a few times, I am an amateur photographer in the sense that I shoot for my enjoyment and if others like what I do then it’s a lovely bonus.
I began my love for making photos back in the late 70’s when my Art teacher who was a keen photographer set up a darkroom in school and some of us “O” levels art students dived in head first and my love for the darkroom/photography began.On leaving school I began training as a Printer which back then involved working in the darkroom as DTP had not yet reached us here in the South Wales valleys.
Most of the staff where I began my training all were into photography and I managed to learn a lot from them.Years passed and even though I always took photos it wasn’t until I had kids that my love for photography really returned and it coincided with the beginning of affordable digital cameras so for the next few year’s film photography took a back seat for the convenience of being able to take as many images as I wanted without the worry of the cost.Jump again to about 4 years ago and I was asked by a friend if I wanted an old film camera that he had been given, a Nikon F50 to be precise along with a 50mm f1.8 lens.I had long sold all my film cameras so said yes and after shooting my 1st roll of cheap Kodak colorplus I was hooked, the images even though they were just snapshots had a very different look and feel to the digital images that I had been used to.
Gone was the sharp almost plastic images and bang here were images that seemed to come to life … almost 3D.
This was the day I began my Gear Acquisition Syndrome and to this day I have lost count of how many cameras I have collected but I still enjoy getting a new one and shooting it.The images here are from one of my early attempts with my 1st proper medium format camera the Mamiya 645 1000s.
As I had not shot medium format film before I was not aware of the difference in the DOF that 120 film gives and luck for me it really worked with this roll as I shot it all at either f2.8 or f4.
All the images were shot here where I live in the lovely Garw Valley in South Wales.They were shot on Delta 400 and processed in Ilfotec HC which is the developer I still use for 90% of all my B&W processing for the look it gives me and the ease of use as a one shot developer and long shelf life.
I mainly shoot B&W as I like the control that I have being able to process and print my own stuff in the darkroom, nothing beats the feeling of loading a roll of HP5+ and within a few hours watch an image emerge in the tray.
You can find more of my stuff here if you are interested
I am also part of the 52 Rolls project where we are shooting one roll of film every week for 52 weeks https://52rolls.net/author/timdobbsphotography/
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