This Industrial Heartland

The ties that bind the population to the nearby land can seem inhuman: mechanical structures that stretch across the landscape, not embracing the natural features in any meaningful way but instead perching delicately on top. The foundations, tunnels, tubes and pipes are violently forced and rendered into and through the land, yet here is where the beating economic heart sits.

Only, we have learnt from the lessons of the past few centuries and slowly our gaze is turning into how we can instead ally industry with nature, working with it instead of against it. Is it too late? Only time will provide us with that answer. . .

Taken using a Pentax ME Super 55mm camera with Lomography Lady Grey 400 (Fomopan) film and developed by hand and then scanned into a computer. If reused please credit the author.

Taken using a Pentax ME Super 55mm camera with Lomography Lady Grey 400 (Fomopan) film and developed by hand and then scanned into a computer. If reused please credit the author.

Taken using a Pentax ME Super 55mm camera with Lomography Lady Grey 400 (Fomopan) film and developed by hand and then scanned into a computer. If reused please credit the author.

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Photography 101

I still haven’t got a light meter, I am still making mistakes with the camera and aperture settings.  Yet I am enjoying it, I am satisfied with around half of the photographs I get back when the rolls have been developed.  I think I’ve found my favourite film company to use and it is not who I thought it was going to be.  I still love the fact that I cannot immediately check to see whether the photograph I took is any good or not, so I often take two of the same view, just in case.  It’s a small, neat, separation from the modern world ruled by smartphones with high quality cameras.  For me this is important.

Self portrait, shot with a Pentax s1a on black and white film.

Self portrait, shot with a Pentax s1a on black and white film.