We have an annual ‘pilgrimage’ to the island of Lindisfarne off the coast of Northumberland in the UK and it’s a place that never disappoints. Lately, we have arranged to ‘strand’ ourselves here as high tide comes in and cuts the island off from the outside world. Almost all the visitors clear off in a slight mood of panic before then and the island is then almost our own.
Although I consider myself a ‘landscape’ photographer, I like to challenge myself sometimes with a square format, so I armed myself with my Mamiya C220 and 2 rolls of Lomography Color Negative 100, which I was shooting for the first time, having been caught up in the seemingly international ‘Lomo-moment’.
Being a bit of a rebel, I do like some depth of field in my photographs, no f/16 and hyperfocal distance for me! This was taken at f/5.6 on the standard Mamiya Sekor 80mm f/2.8, my eye being caught by the lichens on this rock and what would be the blurry castle in the background.
A square within a square. There are so many potential subjects at this location, and this one jumped out.
The film, which I developed myself, has a really ‘warm’ feel to it, some of the colours slightly ‘off’ because all I’ve done to these is add a bit of contrast via curves, with some levels tweaked.
As I think this next one admirably demonstrates, it’s a case of choosing your subject carefully, like this bit of abstraction.
It’s certainly a film I would use again now I know how it ‘looks’.
~ Ian Bartlett
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