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Something about black & white that feeds the soul

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Keith Moss

Keith Moss

Landscape photography in the North of England, including Northumberland

Seeing as we are at the early part of our relationship I thought I would share my feelings with you on my passions – analogue black and white photography and Northumberland.

There’s something about black and white film that feeds my soul, it’s the beauty, creativity, skill and artistry you need to capture the image that you first imagined in your head.

With digital most people take an image and then put it in to Photoshop and spend a vast amount of time manipulating it. There’s nothing wrong with this if this is how you work; everyone’s style is different.

That said, the pride you feel when you’re in the darkroom and you see the final print appear in the developing tray, there’s nothing quite like it.

There’s so much to consider when choosing film. You have to make informed decisions right the way through the journey that is film. ASA; which film speed do I choose for light, tone and characteristics? Capture – should I over or under expose the film? Processing – should I push, pull or give it a standard process? Which chemistry should I use? Printing – which paper and what grade do I choose for tone and depth? Which paper developing chemistry do I use?  How long to expose it for in the enlarger? And lastly, how much dodging and burning do I need to do?

By the way, if these terms don’t make sense, they will when you take a course in photography developing and printing.

Upturned boats at Holy Island, Northumberland, by Keith Moss

Upturned boats at Holy Island, Northumberland, by Keith Moss

When you look at a fibre-based silver gelatine print there is so much more depth, tone, emotion and beauty in it, so much more than any digital print which is why collectors of photography still choose film and silver gelatine prints. That and their value is greater to collect from a monetary point of view.

In effect, when you compare analogue and film they are as different as chalk and cheese. Which one you work with is up to you, and the choice will reflect your style and tastes.

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I choose film. My passion for film and Northumbria holds no bounds. In the coming months we’ll visit some of my favourite places such as Holy Island, Bamburgh, Seahouses, Craster, Low Newton by the Sea in fact all of the coastline and over to Keilder Forest via Hadrians Wall, plus I will be discovering a whole host of new places along the way.

I will be showing you how to capture the bold, wild and magnificent landscape that is Northumberland.

Find out more about my landscape photography workshops, and about Keith Moss Photography. Follow me on Twitter  or see our Facebook page.

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Category: North East England Landscape Photography

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