“The aims of this project are two-fold: firstly it will introduce you to using a manual film camera and establish your skills in developing and printing in the darkroom. Secondly it provides an opportunity for you to reveal your own personal observations of people, places and things by taking a series of photographs using the medium of black and white film.” – Assignment Brief.
This project took place between September-November.
Almost immediately I had chosen the theme “A Special Collection” out of several themes we were to choose from. I wanted to photograph people close to me, such as family and friends and their environment. Essentially, a small and vague documentary project.
As a newcomer to film photography I was both excited to indulge in the project and frustrated at the time consuming process as I found it fairly difficult to perfect my skills which I have documented throughout my journal. However, film photography introduced me to new techniques which are extremely important in order to produce successful images.
Step One – Pull up the lever on the top left of the camera and the back of the camera will open up.
Step Two – Insert film into the spool securely (excess film will secure this process.) and push down the lever to secure film into place.
Step Three – Use the lever to take in any slack in the film, use the film advance lever to wind the film. Take three test pictures, if the lever turns every time the advance lever is cranked it is loaded correctly.
Step One – locate small button on the base of camera, and push. Lift the lever up slightly so the back does not open up. Then wind the lever clockwise until slack or hear a small click.
Step Two – Lift lever up to open the back of the camera and remove film, place in its original canister and store in a cool place until you wish to process the film.
Step One – Pop open the film canister, remove film and load film onto the film reel. Then place film inside the lightproof developing tank. This process must be in complete darkness. Once the film is inside the lightproof tank, take the tank into processing room/area. Check the temperature of the developer. For Example if the developer is 20 Degrees Celsius you will need to add 300 ml (per film) into the tank for 22 minutes, making sure to agitate every 30 seconds.
Step Two – After pouring the developer away, add the stop into the tank for 1 minute and agitate every 10 seconds, pour the stop back into the stop tank. Then pour the fix into the tank for 5 minutes, again, pour back into its original container. Now it is safe to take the film out of the lightproof tank, keep film on its reel and place into wash for 15 minutes. The film must be hung to dry in heater for 15 minutes.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this project as it allowed me to expand my knowledge and skills.