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Grainy London

January 6, 2012













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Out and about during my last few weeks in London, shooting Ilford 3200 black & white film. I like the grain.

And a tip for your weekend: if you haven’t yet watched the PBS special about Charles & Ray Eames, DO IT. It is endlessly inspiring. (thanks for the tip, CDR)

14 Comments
  1. January 6, 2012 9:28 am

    Are those photos from St Johns? I ate there in October because of your photos. Loved it. It took me out of my eating comfort zone. But, WOW, don’t think I had ever spent so much for a lunch before. I don’t know how you went there so often. I took 2 hours to savor every bite. It was fantastic. The atmosphere, the food, the service…all wonderful. Thank you for sharing all your experiences in London, my favorite city.

  2. January 6, 2012 9:47 am

    there is some very good grainy stuff here, ferry – we need a st john re-run sooner rather than later this year, don’t you think?

  3. Yin permalink
    January 6, 2012 9:59 am

    How did you like Blow Up? Have you seen any other Antonioni films?

  4. January 6, 2012 10:02 am

    I recently started shooting film and at first didn’t know how I felt about the grain, but I grew to LOVE it and realize that it added so much character to each photo. That’s definitely the case in your photos too!

  5. January 6, 2012 10:18 am

    Love the softness in the photos

  6. January 6, 2012 10:25 am

    Love grainy Barbican…it’s like a photocopied version of the first page of Quality Of Life!

  7. January 6, 2012 10:40 am

    PS: a note — if you are outside of the US then you can’t stream the Eames documentary, unfortunately. However, you can check for updates on the film’s release outside of the US here on the Facebook (ugh) page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eames-The-Architect-and-the-Painter/159246434157649 – it’s worth seeking out, I think.

  8. January 6, 2012 12:01 pm

    In what seems to be another life I shot photos with Ilford films – didn’t even know that they still exist – what great, great material and of course I utterly love the gros-grain…
    Your pixies always give me hunger pangs; I wonder why so!!!!
    And there seems to be a lot of drinking and eating going on in your life! How very, very wonderful…. and your captures are divine, to say the least.
    Brian, you’re such an inspiration – and a brilliant photographer – and a fantastic short-story teller – and probably a lot more!
    Have a wonderful New Year
    Kiki

  9. January 6, 2012 4:11 pm

    Love the warmth of these London shots.

  10. January 6, 2012 5:00 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful stuff, Brian. Really love that last one.

  11. January 7, 2012 1:19 am

    love these- they’ve got such a film quality. (as in stills from a film…)
    love the self-portrait.

  12. January 7, 2012 3:22 am

    I love those empty St John tables, makes me want another leisurely evening there very soon.

  13. January 7, 2012 12:04 pm

    I love that film too! And I definitely have to go to St Johns as soon as I put a foot in London again :)

  14. Jimjam permalink
    January 7, 2012 4:20 pm

    I love the shot of the tables/table cloths.
    Was just about to settle down excitedly to watch the eames special – DAMN! Maybe I’ll fly to America to see it

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