eden: DOminic Palubiski part two
Blue Lake in Lewis
The Isle of Lewis and Harris is stunning. Just stunning. The red foliage and the blue water came alive when using Velvia to shoot them, but it doesn’t quite capture how stunning the location was. It is just so annoying that a small light leak in the corner drags your eye away from the water.
Film: Velvia 100, Camera: Intrepid MkII 4x5, Lens: Nikkor 300 mm @ f/22 + 2/3 and 1/5 s, Developed and scanned by hand using the UoB PhotoSoc facilities.
Rock in a Sand Pool
A trip to the Isle of Lewis and Harris is not complete without some horrific weather. The day before was horrendous and I could not even get my camera out of my bag to consider setting it up. But the next day was perfect. Not a single gust of wind and everything settled down on new years morning. Perfect for still water reflections.
Film: Velvia 100, Camera: Intrepid MkII 4x5, Lens: Nikkor 150 mm @ f/16 and 1/15 s, Developed and scanned by hand using the UoB PhotoSoc facilities.
My own work is self-labelled as documentary photography, out of a lack of a better title. By carrying a camera daily, I aim to embody the spirit of the Brownie in making the means to photography ready to me at every moment, without obstruction – by doing so, I can take a photograph of anything that captures my eye and interests me enough to preserve. Any of us can do this these days, with a camera readily available in our pockets around the clock – and many of us do so without even thinking about it. Next time you take your phone out to take a photograph, whether it is of your friends or of something that caught your eye, think about how you are participating in the act of documenting your life through photography. Make prints of your favourites, display them on your walls, share them with your friends and family. Follow the tradition of those who came before you and took their own snapshots documenting their lives. Everyone is a documentary photographer today, and this is a good thing.