We are back with episode #2 so clearly we mean business!
Today we are joined by our good friend Graham Vasey, bearded Gentleman of the North, angler extraordinaire and who also knows a thing or two about using large format cameras.
Graham crafts wonderfully evocative images made largely within 20 miles of his home in the Durham area using a variety of older uncoated lenses mounted on a 5x4 and sometimes 10x8 camera. His final images are made using liquid emulsion, salt prints (hey did you know Andrew did those), wet plate collodion and lith prints – you’ll be pleased to hear or not we didn’t get to talk about ANY of those things so that will have to wait till Darth Vasey returns.
Simon started off by asking Graham what a fine art photograph was cos that’s what it says on his website – come on Simon, don’t ask our guests such challenging questions without any advance warning!
The discussion for the next 90 mins or so covers the use of roll film backs on LF cameras, we touch briefly on Graham’s use of liquid emulsions, emails from Cass Fitzgerald who asks us about paper negatives and speed rating in particular and haze on lenses where Simon gets a shameless plug for the Classic Lenses Podcast.
We also dive into an email from Ben Reynolds who puts Simon straight on the difference between Micro-Press and Micro-Technical cameras. The use of Aero Ektar lenses, older uncoated lenses, advice on buying on line – be careful – maybe go to a good retailer and discuss (see links) – Ben asks us a question about bellows extension so that takes up a bit of time.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our time chatting with Graham and hope you enjoy listening.
We realise there is just so very much to cover and much more to discuss with Graham at a later date.
You can find Graham’s work in the following places;
Graham has some of his prints on show and for sale at his local contemporary art gallery in Darlington called The Gallerina
Links and references arising from the discussions;
West Yorkshire Cameras - https://wycameras.com/
Mr Cad - https://www.mrcad.co.uk
MIFSUDS - www.mifsuds.com
Ffordes Photographic - https://www.ffordes.com
Simon Chesterman - www.collectablecameras.com
Latent Image - www.tli-processing.com/store
Second Hand Darkroom - https://www.secondhanddarkroom.co.uk
Simon and Graham mentioned Camera Fairs as another good place to go:
Tadcaster Camera Fair, Wolverhampton Camera Fair were two but a Google Search will reveal more we are sure.
Graham gave a couple of shout outs:
Tony Richards, Wet Plate Photographer - www.fourtoes.co.uk
Christopher Pederson – sorry about the links but they do work
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Title artwork by Graham Vasey