i popped into aperture to drop off a black and white film for development – i was pleasantly surprised and pleased to wait in a queue of young people also picking up films; its one of the few places left that develop films (except snappy snaps), but i think that their processing and printing is far better than the chain street shop. if you dont want prints, you can have a scan and process, which works out cheaper, but i still like to have the prints and see the difference. i always check out the cameras for sale, craving the leicas and roliflex cameras – how many cameras can one girl collect? i am a bit nerdy when it comes to equipment and like most photographers are always looking for the next new thing, except for me, i am looking at the old classics. i have given up on digital, you may as well take them with your iPhone. i then went off to photographers gallery to see the large format prints by Gregory Crewdson, cathedral of the pines. i have always admired his photographs, even though they are super staged and lit professionally as though on a film set – so not the spontaneous reality you may imagine – there is always a light that evokes a mystery and eeriness that conjure stories and myths. these definitely conjure all kinds of stories, so worth a visit. if you visit before 12 noon, its free entry, but to be honest the £4 fee is a worthy contribution to keep an institution dedicated to photography alive.
there are very few pics of me, but my friend debra always makes an effort to snap me – always with a camera round my neck…… and both shot with iPhones…..