A bit of film

The photos in this post don’t have much in common except that they were all made in May and they are film photographs. I guess it would be nice to present a nice photo essay about something like the redevelopment of the tourist areas (or whatever) but sometimes you just take a few decent photos while out for a walk or standing in the bathroom.

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The aforementioned bathroom

I was brushing my teeth or drying my face when I noticed this patch of morning sunlight on the tiles of the bathroom floor. I ran to the cupboard to get my Nikon F6 and make this photo before the sun moved and ruined the photographic moment. This was made on Kodak Portra 400 film and very likely I spot-metred off the brightest part of the tile and added +1 or +1.3 stops of exposure.

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2018 Olympics Women’s Hockey Stadium

The Winter Olympics are being held in Pyeongchang County and Gangneung City next year. It’s officially the Pyeongchang Olympics but ice rink sports such as hockey and curling will be in Gangneung and things like skiing will be held in Pyeongchang, where the ski slopes are. This stadium was built at the university where I teach and when the Olympics are done the facilities will be used by the students and by the public. I was leaving school one day when I noticed the beautiful reflections in the windows. The campus is filled with pine trees and new flower beds have been installed around the stadium. I searched the bottom windows for my own reflection but I guess I was too far away.
Just before I made this photo I ran into a small group of students and I got them to huddle together for a photo. Last week I got prints made and gave them to the students. They were really pleased, and I think that people are quite grateul when you go through the trouble of making a print and giving it to them. Clicking ‘send’ on a phone application takes no effort and people do it all day long. I hope they have the prints to look at long after their phones are obsolete and they’ve lost half a lifetime’s worth of memories.

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Something old, something new

I was out for a walk when I came across this well-maintained Korean traditional house with modern apartments in the background. I like this sort of contrast between the old Korea and the new and I made a few photographs. The curve of the traditional roof and the zig-zag placement of the apartments gives this photo a slight dynamic feeling. The tree in the lower left is a nice touch, but I’m not sure about the utility pole on the right side of the frame. I guess it’s not too bad because there are power lines on the left side of the frame and they balance out. Made on Kodak Portra 400 with the Nikon F6. Probably a 50mm lens since that’s the one I usually have on the camera when walking around.

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Stepping-stone bridge on the Namdae River.

The apartment complex on the right is the same complex that’s in the previous photo. I think it might be the same day, but I’m not sure because I don’t keep careful notes. Any notes. I waited around for a while for people to come by and cross the bridge. I was lucky enough to get people going both ways and meet at a compositionally pleasing spot in the frame. This photo was made with the F6 on, yes, you guessed it, Kodak Portra 400.

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Stepping-stone bridge

This detail of the bridge was made at the far end where there’s little or no water and the grass has grown up. F6. Portra 400.

I’ve lived in Gangneung for a long time and sometimes I feel tired of going to the same markets, the same historical houses, and the same harbours for photography. I have no car so I’m limited in the number of interesting places I can visit. But, amazingly, sometimes just hanging a camera off your shoulder and wandering the seen-a-thousand-times city streets can result in some new perspectives and good photographs.

 

10 thoughts on “A bit of film”

  1. There’s some nice pictures there Marcus – it looks to be a strange juxtaposition of a place, but I quite like ancient against modern.
    I like the floor picture very much – it’s hard to get things like that spot on, which that is.

    1. Thank you. Who knows how much longer the ancient will be around, so it’s probably a good idea to photograph it. I have several old/new photographs like that. Maybe I should make some more and have a gallery for them on the website. And an album in ‘real life’, of course.

      1. Definitely a good idea – it’s what is happening over here too -not really ancient, but there’s a mill building nearby from the 1700’s and a few more years and it’ll be knocked down – in a hell of a state.

      2. Well it was sort of covered by Scouringburn Memory, though not photographed. It’s right on the street too, so often has umpteen cars parked outside which makes things difficult!

      3. We’ve got all sorts over here, but I find them more of a nuisance that for a number of years they actually date a picture, and then they become sort of interesting – it’s weird. I think I’d rather they were not there though . . .

      4. Hmm, I suppose I could make photographs of cars and buildings and donate them to City Hall for their archives. In fifty years or so they might publich them in a book of photos about Gangneung’s past.

      5. That’s quite a thought actually – might well be worth doing.
        We had a man do a similar thing in Dundee back in the 1800’s.
        If you google Photopolis you’ll see an incredible archive of what this City used to be like.

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