As a film photographer, I am always drawn to some of the more timeworn parts of town, so to speak, and that propensity for the foregone cannot be more satisfied than in the old part of Main Street in Fort Worth, Texas. The old Main Street has tons of classic heritage but it’s not immune to new development; so photographically documenting it now isn’t just fun but feels historically imperative.

It’s a blast from the past and in some segments, it even so beautifully seems as if time itself has blissfully passed it by.
Armed with my trusty Nikon FA and the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI, I could rest assured that I could grab the shots I wanted. I knew I wanted to shoot a black and white film as this medium couldn’t seem to do Main Street more justice and after some internal deliberation, I settled on ILFORD HP5 PLUS for its classic look. My girlfriend and I spent an afternoon on Main Street in Fort Worth and I felt great about the shots I came home with.

I developed the roll of HP5 in ILFORD DDX for 8 minutes at 68°F (20°C) to temper the highlights a bit as we had tons of sunlight on that day and my FA loves to overexpose a tad in contrasty scenes. Speaking of contrast; HP5 tends to render a little flat so it’s great for scenes with high contrast and even then I found myself wanting to add a little contrast in post, in Lightroom and after the usual little tinkering my shots came out exactly as I had visualized.

I had also decided beforehand to use an orange filter for all the shots as I knew that this would give the photos a fitting level of grit that this old western part of town deserved. In hindsight, I am happy I made that decision because it saved me time in post trying to achieve this look. The filter I used was a Cokin P 002 orange filter.

If you’re ever in the DFW area of Texas, I highly recommend you visit this old part of Main Street as you’ll find yourself in a beautiful photographic time warp with your finger firmly attached to your shutter button.

~ Davy

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Davy Bruyninckx

My name is Davy Bruyninckx and my passion is film photography. I’ve been shooting film since 1999 and I haven’t looked back. The tangible aspect of the film negative in combination with the unhurried process of taking photos with that inherent film look...


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  1. Mom now lives in FW , so next time I’m in town I’m there man. You have definitely got me interested in seeing this part of DFW. Great grain and contrast, nice work!

  2. Hiiii Davy : WONDERFUL, magic !
    These images are fantastic ! BRAVO !
    composition, BW, contrast, grain, … BRAVO !
    You touch me a lot because I love this camera despite I do not use enough. This one of the best NIKON ! The review from Ken Rockwell of this camera was true like all those reviews of this time. A camera made in Japan, with lens made in Japan, like other cameras made in Germany, … whaouuu. Now … mostly all from where …. Now I check serioulsy from where it is made in, if it is made in one country factory according to economics principles of right competition and ethics I do not buy anymore for everything (cameras, phones, accessories), … I wait until I can buy one from Japan, USA, Korea, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, Thailand, Viet Nam but not from a dictature which is in the way to control all the world by weapons and corruption.
    When I watch your picture again again, I can see the spirit of USA, the gear, the gears made by workers and people who like to make good things, this is Nikon reason why it is not cheap, … have a look to the video of JCH about Kanto Camera, look how they work, … whaouuu magic, … they are expensive, but they have values and respect, the countries I mentioned before, also, they have, but one in thos world has not. I want to buy the right made in.
    You picture show the spirit of USA. Your gear is the gear one artist and someone who really knows photography !!! Your kit is simply gorgeous and very very efficient. THANK YOU DEEPLY to keep us on the right track.