- Written by Roy Hammans
The photographs displayed here are a sample from my collection of images amassed over some forty-plus years. Hopefully they convey something of the areas that interest me in photography. This collection is added to from time to time as new work is produced. The influence of photographers that I admire, such as Edwin Smith and Raymond Moore, is no doubt evident in some of my work, but my interests and way of working were already set before I even knew about these practitioners.
The suffix 'F' or 'D' in the menu denotes film or digital originals.
The majority of pictures are fairly recent and reflect a transition from film-based to digital photography during the last decade, although I still use film and maintain a permanent darkroom. I am a member of various groups connected with traditional photography: APUG (Analogue Photography User Group; FADU (Film and Darkroom Users); f295 (Exploring 21st Century Photography) amongst others.
For digital work I predominantly use Nikon cameras (D800 and D300) and sometimes the impressive Lumix LX5. All image processing is done in Adobe Lightroom 4, with the occasional round-trip through Adobe Photoshop CS6. I use Photoshop, Photomatix or HDR Expose for experiments with HDR (High Dynamic Range). I always make my own prints using an Epson 3800 pigment inkjet, usually on Hahnemuhle papers.
For film-based work the camera choice is variable, but can range from a Rollei 35S or Nikon F4 through various medium format models including Fuji GW690III, Mamiya RZ67 and Hasselblad, to 5x4 format using either an MPP or Sinar P. Some work is also done on a 10x8 Toyo Monorail currently on loan to me. All film is processed in my own darkroom and currently I am favouring pyro developers.
Prints are made on fibre-based paper, usually Adox or Foma brands, but occasionally Ilford. Enlargers are both from De Vere (bench 203 with Multigrade head and 507 floor-standing with dichroic head). I tend to mix most chemicals myself from basic ingredients.
I maintain another site devoted entirely to chemical-based photography at www.real-photographs.co.uk where a lot more information on techniques is given.
I have been experimenting recently with digital negatives; transparencies printed by ink-jet from digital image files, which are then printed conventionally by contact on to fibre-based paper. An article about this work may be found on this site.
Prints of all images are available for purchase. Please send me a message via the contact form, stating the image of interest and the size of print required.
The galleries are presented in a 'thumb-through' format using the mouse, much like swiping the screen of an iPad. Clicking on any one enlarges it. However, I've discovered that on an actual iPad this feature does not work! Images may be viewed by selecting the first and then using the navigation overlaid on the popup.