All this lith print stuff started me thinking about my own efforts at pictorialism. Years and years ago, I did mess around a bit with some night shots which were then printed from paper negatives. They were quite nice, in a hippy art-school kind of way. As you know, most of my recent stuff is definitely in the Weston/Adams camp, with a bit of Bill Brandt thrown in. However, there is this
one. It is a shot of the Gonamena Tramway near Liskeard, taken in about 1985 with my Rollei on Ilford HP5. Something went wrong with my developing - I don't know what, temperature, agitation, duff developer, something - and as a result the negative was heavily vignetted and with a really strange looking sky with seriously heavy grain. So this was a case of totally unintentional pictorialism which I have always rather liked.
See what you think