Rediscovering black and white film

March 24, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

A couple of years ago my father was having a clean out and offered me his old Pentax ME-Super.  I thought it would make a good hardcore street photography tool (in the absence of a viewfinder camera).  I went out and bought a roll of 35mm Ilford HP5 400ASA film.  Here is what I took.

Outside the Hardly Ableson ShopOutside the Hardly Ableson ShopExperimentally shooting from hip level. Everything has to be preset - including focus. Also remember to wind on (remember that expression?) I got lucky as you can see.

Experimentally shooting from hip level.  Everything has to be preset - including focus.  Also remember to wind on (remember that expression?)  I got lucky as you can see.

Drummers on Greenmarket Square, Cape TownDrummers on Greenmarket Square, Cape TownNot so much about the photo, but I remember trying to be surreptitious so as not to be seen to be obviously taking photos. In retrospect, unnecessary when taking a performance.

Not so much about the photo, but I remember trying to be surreptitious so as not to be seen to be obviously taking photos.  In retrospect, unnecessary when taking a performance. 

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Oops! She looks a little surprised...

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.. and she was completely oblivious.

Scan-130504-0002Wedding: outside the church in Greenmarket Square.This was where I climbed up on a bollard behind the official photographers. I think I was the one who got the groom's engagement!

This was where I climbed up on a bollard behind the official photographers.  I think I was the one who got the groom's engagement!

All's fair in love and street photography.

 


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