VIEW THE GALLERY PICS FULL SIZE TO SEE ALL THE GRAINY GOODNESS…IT’S ILFORD XP2 FILM SO THE GRAIN IS ESPECIALLY SUPA-SEXY…GO ON! GET AN EYEFUL!
I’ve been really struggling of late to get out and about with my digital gear. I don’t know if its the particularly grey spring I’m having issues with, but all I want to do at the moment is shoot black and white film.
Now this wouldn’t be a problem if I wasn’t an impoverished ‘Photo Artiste’, but since spending all of Mrs Shpics ice-cream money on my new, (old), medium format Mamiya, she has cruelly stopped my pocket money and told me that if I want to shoot film I’d better get a paper round.
Don’t get me wrong I still worship the ground she walks on, but she can be tough.
So…Not wishing to over-stretch myself, I quickly gave up on the idea of gainful employment and devoted myself to thinking of easier ways to get back in her good books. Last time I was this unpopular I cleared out the office and it worked a treat…So, throwing caution to the winds I put on my apron and gloves and set about tidying away all of the clutter that has amassed since 2002…..(I know what you’re thinking…12 years! But it’s true, it’s been ages since I put a foot wrong…I’m almost the perfect husband).
Unfortunately for Mrs Shpics, within five minutes I unearthed a roll of Ilford XP2 that had slipped down the back of a cupboard, and, because by that stage I’d quite tired myself out, I decided to stop clearing up and go out and take some photos.
The film was 35mm, which sadly meant I couldn’t use the Mamiya, so, kicking over another cupboard, I dug-out an old manual focus Ricoh XRX and a Sigma 28-70 I last used about ten years ago and made a dash for it.
Birmingham has yet another new building called ‘The Cube’….Amazingly it’s kinda squarish…I headed thataway.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde