Anima Animus: The Genesis (or how I shot a lot just to find out what I was meant to do)

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It’s been almost a year since I last wrote on this blog, I’m clearly not getting any better at keeping it updated.

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Updates on a new long term project about gender and the research that went into it

I can’t believe how rubbish I’ve been at keeping this blog updated. Since my last post in June 2012 (!!!) so many things have happened that I’m struggling to know where to start….I feel like I’ve been talking way too much already about what I’m just about to say, but here you go:

I was extremely lucky to have my work online noticed by an Italian curator working in France who commissioned me a new series of photographs for my first solo exhibition.

FRANKIE

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How to start processing black and white film at home + my recipes for Tri-X in HC110

Adrian, from my final major project about living statues – Ilford HP5@400 in ID11 1+1

For a long time, while I was at uni, my film of choice has been HP5, a classic 400 iso emulsion by Ilford.

To be totally honest with you, it wasn’t so much of an informed choice, as I only knew about FP4 and HP5 and I chose the latter simply because it was faster (FP4 is 125 iso speed) and I was shooting in available light, needing the extra speed.

At university we only had a kind of developer, ID11, and for three years I just shoot HP5 developed in ID11, happily ignoring the existence of whole of world of other films and developer combinations.

Robert, from my final major project about living statues – Ilford HP5@400 in ID11 1+1

 When I finished university and moved to London, I felt the urgency to do some research to be able to still shoot black and white film and to develop it at home.

Where to buy cheap film, paper and chemicals in the UK [UPDATED]

constantly shooting film, but at what price??

I know that most film photographers would be interested in this subject, so I decided to share my findings.

If you know any other shop that sells analog photographic materials at a reasonable prince, please write in the comments and I will add it to the list.

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Photography resources in London: the cheap darkroom on Chatsworth road (Homerton)

When I left university, I knew that I would miss the facilities immensely, especially the darkroom and the library, so, as soon as I settled in London, I started to hunt for a cheap rental darkroom to print my work at.

I’ve been looking everywhere on the internet and, I have to say, there aren’t many options in London for traditional printers, and most of them are too expensive for me, therefore I was delighted when I found out on a forum about a community darkroom in Homerton, literally round the corner from where I live, that apparently was one of the cheapest places where you could print both colour and black and white in London!

Photochats is a lovely lovely darkroom ran by Peter Young at Chats Palace, on Chatsworth road, in Homerton and I highly recommend it.

Unfortunately there’s no much information about this incredible place on the internet (they’re working at their website), so I’ve decided to copy their spring newsletter, with opening times, prices and descriptions of the facilities and of the courses, on this blog (after the cut)

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Fluster Magazine

Claudia Moroni was born in Rome the day that Chernobyl’s radioactive fallout reached the city and, in spite of her mother’s worries that she would grow an extra arm, she is a “normal” 6ft tall girl who looks anything but Italian. Currently she lives in London, where she works as a freelance photographer and assistant.

Interviewed by Chiara Costantino
 

[Traduzione in italiano in basso]

 

Hi Claudia! How did you come to photography?

When I was a teenager, I discovered Photoshop and I started experimenting with photomanipulation. At the time, it was hard to find good stock photos on the web and I grew increasingly frustrated until I decided to take my own pictures with a little rubbish digital camera. Skip forward a few years and I’m studying New Technologies for the Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, but the course is very disorganised and I’m…

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Testing in the studio with Lewis

no idea where the blue came from, but I love it…just a film happy accident

When you work as a studio assistant, one of the perks of the job is that you get to use the studios to test.

The assistant’s privileges on the matter varies from studios to studios, each one has a different policy: same charge very little, just to cover expenses, or, even better, they don’t charge at all, others charge a reduced rate for assistants, while the right to use the space is granted depending if the assistant works full time or freelance, if he/she has worked at the studio for a long period and/or if he/she is a key holder.

I feel incredibly privileged to be able to use the amazing studios and equipment that we have at Sunbeam and I really should make the most of it while I can, so I decided to get over my preference for locations and daylight and try to test a bit more with the studios space and artificial lighting (both flash and continous).

I have already written about a rather successful (at least for my standards) test that I did with a couple of twins in studio 1, our biggest space, here and this time I want to write about a semi disastrous test that I did in studio 3.

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