Posts tagged ‘film’

May 12, 2011

My 11 Day Break.

I had 11 days off over Easter….bliss!  I managed to get a lot of eating, photographing, bouncing (on the trampoline) and sunbathing in. I shot exclusively on my Diana – 4 rolls of film. Unfortunately I found out it’s even harder  than ever now to get 120 film in camera shops. A couple of years ago most camera stores could usually find a couple of dusty rolls hidden in the back for you. (Once they’d looked up what you actually meant by ‘120 roll film’ of course) Now? nothing at all! After a long hunt, I managed to obtain some  film and here are some of my favourite results from the Easter holidays. 

February 24, 2011

Book Shop Shoot

I stumbled across a book shop in Nottingham in my first year called Geoff Blore’s Bookshop, ran by father & son. Ever since I’ve wanted to go back and photograph it – at last I have! The shop is packed floor to ceiling with second hand books – some modern, some beautifully old with darkened pages and peeling covers. There is no real way I can describe this treasure trove of a shop, so I’ll stop trying and let the photo’s do the talking. Here is a small gallery of test shots taken on my D80. There is a real lack of light in the shop, apart from the orange glow of the tungsten bulbs, so these photos are by no means perfect or finished. I also shot two 120 films – on a Yashica and a Diana F+, I should get these films back in a few days. If I like the results I will be going back to perhaps re-shoot and make a real series from the shop.

February 13, 2011

Time to sell some work…

I have decided to sell my exhibition pieces from University.

These photos are available to buy direct from me (email or take a look at my shop here

Photography by Clare

‘Abandonment: RAF Newton’  is a collection of photographs made at RAF Newton, an abandoned air base 7 miles from Nottingham. The base was opened in 1940 and was used during World War II as a bomber base. The base was closed in 2000 and stood abandoned and slowly decaying for 10 years.

All around the RAF base remained parts of the lives that used to fill this place, The remains were left scattered around, some touched by other intruders others changed by nature, in the process of decay. Abandonment centres around the derelict interiors whilst looking at the beauty in decay of these spaces.
Like the RAF base itself did the work acts as a memory to what was and now the base has been torn down to make way for a by-pass. Now the photographs will remain as a record of this surreal, delicate and beautiful and temporary space.

These photos are available to buy direct from me (email or take a look at my shop here

Thanks for looking! 🙂

February 11, 2011

Diana Poster By Clare Richards (aka – me)

Due to my lovely friend Rachel Sammon and I loving our little Diana F+ cameras so much I created this poster for her birthday. I made the orignal drawing by hand in biro, scanned it to my computer, duplicated it in Photoshop and filled it with colour – et voila!Photography by Clare

January 31, 2011

First roll from Diana F+ camera

January 19, 2011

Oh my, What a camera collection!

I knew my camera collection grown, but I didn’t just how much. I currently own 11 camera’s, 10 of which are shown here, the 11th is the Nikon D80 which I photographed the collection with. I’ve been lucky to have been given some of them, others I have bought from antique markets or on ebay………

…….I’ve sat here for half an hour now and I still can’t pick my favourite, the Yashica Mat 124G (middle back) is definitely up there, an old faithful. The Bolsey 35 (front, third from the left) unfortunately doesn’t work, but is one I bought purely only aesthetic value. Alot of my personal and experimental photography work is done on film as I love the quality and the tactile feeling of having actually made something you can hold. But my D80 is my baby and its the camera I spend most of my time with, I think I’ve spent more time with this camera than I have some of my closest friends, (sorry to those of them that are reading this!) So there you have it, my beautiful collection…may it continue to grow & prosper.

[Left to Right. Back row: Diana F+, Polaroid Colour Swinger, Yashica Mat+ 124, Popular Brownie, Nikon F80. Front row: Fisheye 2, Kodak Instamatic 50, Bolsey 35 Model B, Zenit 12XP, Kodak Tele 1]

January 13, 2011

Francesca Woodman: Exhibition

Next weekend is the close of the Francesca Woodman exhibition at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to make it down to London to visit it, Woodman was one of my main influences all through university and seeing her work in the flesh would have really made my day. 

I discovered her work during my first year and it wasn’t until this time that I realised just how experimental, provocative and  releasing photography could be. For those of you who aren’t familiar with her work take a look here, she took a lot of self portraits using herself and her environment in unusual ways within the frame of the photo. Her work inspired my own self-portrait project, which I’ve taken a look back over here after re-discovering Woodman’s work. It’d be interesting to see how I’d work on this project again since graduating. I bought a remote control for my DSLR from Amazon, so this project would certainly be a lot easier now seeing as my self portrait project was shot entirely on 35mm film, involving a lot of props & running back and forth to the camera! (Click on images to enlarge)

January 6, 2011

New Year – New Camera- New Blogging

Happy New Year! My photography plans for Christmas didn’t go too well, I ended up bed ridden with flu for the whole week. I did manage to shoot a film of 120 film on my gorgeous new camera that Santa gave me, the Diana F+. I have sent the film off to be processed with Fujifilm, I haven’t used them before, so hopefully they have a good service. 

So a new year, obviously means, new resolutions and amongst a countless list of others, I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog  once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.             Thanks, Clare 🙂

October 22, 2010

State of The Art Lounge Studio.

Tripod? check!  Camera? check, check, check!  Desk lamp? Check!  Dead Flower? Check!

My home made studio to photograph a Sunflower I acquired in Lincolnshire, which didn’t involve any trespassing or tearing down any crops to get it at all… definitely not.

So it was time to put the poor old sunflower to good use after being hacked down, stolen and dried to a crisp. I got out my: DSLR, Yashica Medium Format & my new fisheye lomo camera. Results to follow soon …..I can tell you’re on tenterhooks.


August 10, 2010

August’s resolution

August resolution: Get my camera’s out of the cupboard and put them around the house. I hope my flat mate is ready to be photographed…alot!

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