Today I joined others in a 5 week workshop based on photography. Eddie Otchere, a well known British photographer will be running the course and teaching us the route of photography.
The first class was taken at Photofusion in Brixton which a photography resource centre. We were given a film camera each and told to shoot anything in Brixton. The idea was not to think to much of what you want to photograph, more on just getting out there and being open minded.
When we returned we had the opportunity to develop film. I haave only done this once before and it was great to have the chance to try it again. But then I remembred why I did not like doing the process. The idea is to develop the film in complete darkness, either in a changing bag or in a pitch bag room. The method is simple once you get the hang of it.
Once the film was developed we left them to dry and took a tour of the dark room. I am familiar with the equipment in this room and couldn’t wait to start and refresh my knowledge. We created contact sheets from our film. This is an important step to do, as you want to be able to see what photos are the best, just how you would do digitally.
It is fun being able to be more in control of how the image will appear. You do not feel restricted by technology.