ARCHIVE 576 – THEATRE! (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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The walls of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

This theatre in Ilfracombe is highly controversial architecturally.  Its Victorian predecessor caught fire and was demolished – only to be replaced by something bearing a strong resemblance to nothing other than power station cooling towers!  However, if you’re into modern design, photography, etc this is a real stunner.  As a photographer, I enjoy Ilfracombe’s cramped tattiness – so many interesting things to photograph, so wonderful for textural and abstract studies! – but even amidst all of these photo opportunities, this theatre stands quite apart, absolutely unique.

The backdrop here are the walls of the “cooling towers”, and in SEP2 I’ve piled on the contrast and structure, and left them as monochrome.  But I’ve re-introduced some of the green of the palm’s leaves, and vamped that up quite a bit too, so that the greens look sci-fi or artificial.  And then some dark vignetting and edge burning in SEP, to concentrate the viewer on the photo’s interior with its massive walls and patch of living greenery.

And that leaves the whole thing looking – artificial, alien, sci-fi, unworldly, other worldly, you name it!

May 2013: I’ve made a lot of use of SEP2‘s ability to selectively restore colour in black and white images – I think this was the first posted image that I tried this on.  The title means two things of course >>> this is a photo of a theatre, but the photo itself is also theatre.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: F6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.

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ARCHIVE 485 – ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPE

 

 

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Near the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

An alternative landscape, a scene a million miles away from the “golden hours” of sunrise and sunset – and from the graduated neutral density filters too – that are so beloved by ardent landscape photographers!  OK, it has some foreground interest and it may also have front to back sharpness for all I know – I mean, I haven’t looked so I’m not sure – but even if it has, well I must make some concessions to the genre after all …

It is a view that conveys the very minimum of information and pictorial delight.  A completely blank, blue sky above a kinked horizon, short grass with a few daisies and some yellowish patches – and The Pipe!  Enjoy!!!

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window.

Technique: F6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film rated at 1600 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 200 – ALLEYWAY

 

 

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Alleyway just off the main street in Ilfracombe, north Devon; 3 Oct 2007.

Ilfracombe is a wonderful place for photography.  Parts of it are distinctly unkempt and interesting views, patterns, colours and textures are all around.  Here, I like the off-white and green coated roughness of the wall, and the way the lines in the brickwork draw my eye back to the prudently barred window.  A few leaves make it out into the light from the shrub in the shadows on the right.

F6 with 24-85 Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 168 – ALTERNATIVE LANDSCAPE

 

 

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Near the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

An alternative landscape, a scene a million miles distant from the “golden hours” of sunrise and set – and the graduated neutral density filters too – that are so beloved by ardent landscape photographers!  Ok, it has some foreground interest and it may have front to back sharpness for all I know, but even I must make some concessions to the genre …

It is a view that conveys the very minimum of information and pictorial delight.  A completely blank, blue sky above a kinked horizon, short grass with a few daisies and some yellowish patches – and The Pipe!

F6 with 70-300 Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO.

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ARCHIVE 8 – THEATRE! (MONO + COLOUR)

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The walls of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

This theatre in Ilfracombe is highly controversial architecturally.  Its Victorian predecessor caught fire and was demolished – only to be replaced by something bearing a strong resemblance to nothing other than power station cooling towers!  However, if you’re into modern design, photography, etc this is a real stunner.  As a photographer, I enjoy Ilfracombe’s cramped tattiness – so many interesting things to photograph, so wonderful for textural and abstract studies! – but even amidst all of these photo opportunities, this theatre stands quite apart, absolutely unique.

The backdrop here are the walls of the “cooling towers”, and in SEP2 I’ve piled on the contrast and structure, and left them as monochrome.  But I’ve re-introduced some of the green of the palm’s leaves, and vamped that up quite a bit too, so that the greens look sci-fi or artificial.  And then some dark vignetting and edge burning in SEP, to concentrate the viewer on the photo’s interior with its massive walls and patch of living greenery.

And that leaves the whole thing looking – artificial, alien, sci-fi, unworldly, other worldly, you name it!

May 2013: I’ve made a lot of use of SEP2‘s ability to selectively restore colour in black and white images – I think this was the first posted image that I tried this on.  The title means two things of course >>> this is a photo of a theatre, but the photo itself is also theatre.

Nikon F6 and 70mm-300m VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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SELF-INDULGENCE 111 – IN AN ALLEYWAY

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Alleyway just off the main street in Ilfracombe, north Devon; 3 Oct 2007 >>> and see another, more cropped (and I think, better) interpretation of this picture on the “W-I-D-E-1” page, here .

Ilfracombe is a wonderful place for photography.  Parts of it are distinctly unkempt and interesting views, patterns, colours and textures are all around.  Here, I like the off-white and green coated roughness of the wall, and the way the lines in the brickwork draw my eye back to the prudently barred window.  A few leaves make it out into the light from the shrub in the shadows on the right.

Nikon F6 with 24mm-85mm Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO.
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DEVON 7 – CAR PARK

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Car park in Ilfracombe; 3 Oct 2007.

I’ve cleaned up a few small areas of brighter white on the black tarmac.  The very vague, palish line coming down from the top margin at upper right is retained as it is not too intrusive and, along with the bluish railing,  it brings a breath of reality, which prevents the image from becoming a purely black and white abstract.

Simple, Minimalist images really get to me.  That small bluish railing near the top margin really adds something I think.

Nikon F6 with 24mm-85mm Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO.
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DEVON 6 – TREADING LIFE’S PATH AS THE WORLD CLOSES DOWN, WE REACH THE LAST PATCH OF GREEN (MONO + COLOUR)

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Treading Life’s path as the world closes down, we reach the last patch of green; 2 Oct 2007.

No, I haven’t been at the cider again, this is an idea that came to me as I thought about selectively re-colouring this photo.  The idea?  That we and all other forms on life are treading Life’s path, the path of all Life, as the poisoning of our planet reaches its end game.  The world is colourless and terminally darkening but, just before the path leads us into the total oblivion awaiting us at the low, dark cliff on the horizon, there is this last little patch of dull green, that reminds us of how things once were.

Fanciful?  It may well be – but what the hell!  And am I some ardent Green activist?  No, not really, this was just what came into my mind as I planted the Control Point by the path and produced this little patch of colour.  But I am a great lover of Nature, of all natural things.

These wonderful structures are part Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre, which I’ve photographed before-  see here , here  and here .

Nikon F6 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and selectively re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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DEVON 5 – OLD BUILDING IN ILFRACOMBE (MONO)

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Old building in Ilfracombe; 2 Oct 2007.

Nikon F6 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono and further manipulated in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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DEVON 4 – TWO WINDOWS IN ILFRACOMBE

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Two windows in Ilfracombe, north Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

I very much like this shot and yet it is something of an enigma.  After all, the two windows that are apparently the subject of the image are incompletely seen, as well as being sited at either end of the frame.  And they are shown off kilter – they are both inclined down towards the left.  And wouldn’t this all look better in mono???

I like this shot exactly as it is – having taken many, many failed shots of windows, this one gets to me.  Ilfracombe is a photographer’s paradise because it is hemmed in between the sea and high ground, and its hilly, winding streets are somewhat unkempt and full of character.  And, for a start, this image is not in mono because it shows some of that wonderful unkemptness.  The house’s wall is dirty brown – it looks grimey and unwashed – and there are darker stains below both windows, and at the bottom of the frame.  The window frame on the left is losing its paint, and neither set of curtains looks Persil-white.

And having the windows partly seen and off kilter sets up a dynamic which adds something to the shot that a totally conventional, square-on shot would lack.  My eyes move back and fore between them, never sure of exactly what to look at – but staying within the frame.

Nikon F6 with 70mm-300mm VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO.
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