Self portrait, aged about 19, retouching a print made in the university darkroom – what a poser! – dark framed glasses a la Manfred Mann (remember them?), and student beard derived the from the fact that I could never for the life of me see the purpose in shaving off my facial hair each day –  and so on the day that I left school in 1968 I started growing the beard that I’ve had all my life .

This is a digital photograph of a black and white print, made with the D700.  The original photo was taken with an Ilford Sportsman 35mm camera mounted on a  tripod.  I’d started black and white darkroom printing at school and did more at university, before going over almost entirely to colour slides when I got my first SLR, a Praktica LTL, in the 1970s.  The subject of the photo being retouched is another student, with whom I shared accommodation.  The dark retouching liquid is in the saucer, which is resting on a box of of the light-sensitive paper used to make black and white prints.

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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

15 Responses to ARCHIVE 554 – ME, A LONG TIME AGO

  1. Helen Cherry says:

    A great head of hair ! and of course I do remember Manfred Mann!


  2. bluebrightly says:

    That’s fascinating. I like the way you intersperse autobiographical “tidbits” with your other subject matter.


  3. Meanderer says:

    It’s great to see this young image of you again, my friend! Yes – Manfred Mann – I remember 🙂


  4. Before selfies were ‘a thing’ 😉
    ❤️XXXATPXXX ❤️


  5. Great portrait , doing something you enjoy. Photo reflecting its time, I was five then 🙂


  6. krikitarts says:

    Aahhh, Kodak WSG (White Smooth Glossy) Bromide–those were the days. I learned to print photos in Berlin, so I used mostly Ilford products, but some Kodak as well. Thanks to your inspiration, I can feel an archival portrait on the burner, though I don’t think I did any selfies back in those days. This could be fun.

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  7. It was hard working in those days… 🙂 Cheers for the weekend!


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Yes it was hard work and I was never expert at it; much of my later film photography used colour / black and white slides, where you did it all in-camera! And then digital let creativity go though the roof – it couldn’t have come at a better time! 🙂


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