After having the large format lecture with Lisa, I was thinking for the module how to create some photographs that test me, technically, physically and mentally. So I decided to take out the large format camera from the stores, I bought 1 sheet of Provia 100, E6 film and 5 sheets of HP5+. With the aim to make one photograph that represents wonder, the feeling of going into the unknown. By using a Sinar with a 150mm lens and 3 dark slides, I am completely changing the processes I usually work with, I'm upgrading the size of film, the quality but also slowing everything down. It is a lot harder to take a photograph, let alone frame it and to just see the frame is exttremely hard.
Me and my house mate, Will decided to go to Snowden the day before a storm, we got to the base of the mountain a 2 am, slept in the car then headed out at 6:30am to get the first light image. We seemed to be the first people going up the 'Minors Track' the hardest route to the top. I had the 5x4 camera on my back in a bag with the monorail sticking out, it was very awkward and it fucked my back up., Will was taking the tripod for me so that helped.
This was my first time in Wales, I was completely in the unknown, heading to the highest point in the UK. I knew I was going ot be tested in every way, I knew I could do this challenge physically but my aim was to create some photographs along the way and at the very peak. Anyway prior to this adventure I had been researching and getting up tp date with the equipment, getting it all out and rpetentind to shoot with it. just looking at things throuhg it is beautiful, and its upside down too. I have also been living with large format photogpahers for a few years so I assume my influence has come from that but also the change my style and to create some new work too.
We took our first shot at the base of the mountain, it came to me when we were watching the wind hit the lake on the water and it created surface waves that wizzed aacross the lake at crazy speeds as there was a storm on the way we had a few gusts. So I set the camra up where we were stood and toldWill when I was going ot take the shot so he was facing the waves , and looking otwards towards the lanbscape and into the unknown with wonder.
Tje lighting this day was not great, but we had a few moments of sunlight and the E6 shot was taken at the brightes point that morning, first light. We headed up and took a few more shots, Will had a fag and we collected some water fromt he streams running off of the mountain. The shot of Will sat crossed legged on the rock was taken 30 seconds before a hail storm, up there at high altitute the weasather was changing and the light was changing every second,, so this shot was simply Will paintiently waiting for me to take his photograph.
We reached the top