I got asked to supply some Black & White Landscapes to a customer yesterday and after going through my files it amazed me how little I ever convert to black & white. Back in the days of film I had my own Black & White darkroom in a cupboard at my parent’s house and black and white was pretty much all I used to shoot. I have not shot a roll of film since I purchased my first digital SLR the Canon 300d back in 2004.
Whilst in the Warehouse Express showroom the other day I saw loads of black & White chemicals and paper on display and it got me thinking about how peaceful and enjoyable life in the darkroom was. You can’t beat the feeling of watching a print appear in a tray of chemicals before your very eyes. With the price of a full darkroom kit and film cameras at next to nothing I am often tempted to give it another one last try and shoot a couple of rolls of Ilford B&W. At the same time with the convenience of digital I know I will probably never actually get round to it.
Yesterday morning I spent a few hours going through some files and converting them to B&W in photoshop, here are a few of my efforts.