Photoshoot for Dr. Sketchy’s & Blacklight Gallery Huddersfield Launch

On Friday night I was invited along to the Blacklight Gallery, in the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, for their relaunch event. The gallery is run by a friend of mine and I wanted to go along and see what it was all about and show a bit of support.

The night was coupled with a launch event for Dr. Sketchy’s Huddersfield, who provided a fantastic evening of entertainment and made it a genuinely memorable night.

I ended up doing a photoshoot with several performing artists from Dr. Sketchy’s, using several old cameras I’d brought along. Thanks are due to Penny Sweets, Tahlullah Manhattan and Trixie Passion for having the patience to put up with old manual cameras that take ages to do anything with! Also to Morning Star and Daisy Cutter of Dr. Sketchy’s, and Ben Kafanke of the Blacklight Gallery for putting on the event.

The resulting photos are below. I managed to forget my light meter, so they were exposed by guesswork!

Polaroid SX-70

All shots taken using Impossible film; PX600 Silver Shade +UV Black Frame (Poor Pod) and PX680 Colour Shade (First Flush) – using an internal ND filter attached to the top of the film pack to ensure correct exposure on the SX-70.

Yashica Mat 124

I shot one roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400 colour film and two rolls of Kodak T-Max 400, all shot at f-3.5 using speeds between 1/15 and 1/30, dependant on guesstimated light levels, and how still I thought I could hold the camera! They were processed in Ilfosol 3 – 7 mins at 1:9 for the Fuji, and 6 mins at 1:9 for the T-Max.

Zeiss Ikon 515/2

This is the first roll I’ve had through this lovely old 1937 camera – a single roll of Kodak T-Max 400, shot at f-4.5 / 1/25th and processed in Ilfosol 3 at 1:9 for 6 minutes.

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