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About Alan7140

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  1. Not meaning to sound repetitive, but that skyline is totally unrecognisable as being the same city I grew up, lived and worked in between 1964 and 1995.
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    River Springs

    Wow, what a place! Beautiful.
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    Skyline by Night

    I see - by the looks of it they just slapped another floor onto the roof of the neighbouring building - probably done during WW1 to give more space for committees. Pity, it would have made a good past-and-present shot.
  4. Indeed - the whole dock area at left was created on reclaimed land. The excavation works in the foreground of the original photo were to do with moving the Hobart Rivulet from its natural outfall on the far side of that three storey warehouse just to the left behind the Engineer's building through a newly built arched brick tunnel that has been covered over in the foreground, to direct the water flow out to the left edge of the photo (and which later became the rail yards) to enable this land reclamation, and where the rivulet still exits to this day. The port these days is mainly busy with cruise ships; Britain used to be the main customer for Tasmanian apples in particular which were loaded at what was once a hectic export wharf, but with the start of the EEC the trade died and the port literally became a backwater until the rise of the cruise ship industry. Maybe a final Brexit will see a bit of a turnaround in Tasmania's agricultural fortunes, although it must be said that Japan and now China have caused a boom in air-freighted exports of cherries from thousands of acres of new cherry orchards in the state, which might make repopulating the old apple orchards moot, no matter what the demand from Britain might develop into.
  5. I've been repeating a Frederick Frith panorama of Hobart taken c.1856-8 each decade since moving here, starting in 1997, then 2007 and again in 2017, although I doubt I'll get the 2027 version - for one thing getting over the 2.5 metre-high fence they've put at the cliff edge now taxed me enough aged 64, it may not be so easy at 74. The foreground vegetation is also starting to obscure the view, and the exact spot Frith set up his camera is not obtainable now owing to a dense bush (extreme right of last photo) having grown up blocking the spot altogether. You can see how far that pushed me off the mark by the gap now between the chimney at mid-left and the building behind it. Originally I ascertained the correct angle by matching where the left corner of the right-rear wall of the Engineer's Building (foreground, middle-left) intersected the window panes of the window in the wall behind. That's the good thing about a slow growing city like Hobart - there are a lot of buildings still standing that were there in 1857 (not that this is old in European terms, but bear in mind the Hobart area was first inhabited by Europeans in 1803). That reference is all-but obliterated now by trees growing in the foreground, and the whole lot may be obscured by 2027 with the old rail yards in the foreground destined for a major redevelopment which will involve low-rise buildings no taller than 45m, but which will still easily block the entire front left of shot to a far greater extent than the cement silo that was there in 1997 and 2007.
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    Skyline by Night

    The middle one is testing my memory with that (now) unfamiliar skyline, but taken from Studley Park overlooking the Collingwood Children's Farm?
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    For several months now I've been receiving the weekly https://flashbak.com/ email update which usually has seven links to small collections of mostly historic photos to peruse - no flashing ads or promos, mainly photography at its absolute, essential best; mostly taken on film, largely B&W, by a huge variety of photographers. There are also collections of other lifestyle-related advertising and poster campaigns, so in general it's an overall visual history site, but there are photos and stories in there that I've never seen before despite nearly 50 years in the photography business. It's well worth a few minutes of everyone's time each week to pause and peruse, as it shows a world now being forgotten in the current digital madness of a few billion images per day being made, viewed once and mostly deleted; back when people mainly armed with cameras recorded the world around them in a permanent media that was just waiting for a site like this to gather and disseminate the images in an organised, mostly captioned way. Well worth getting onto (free), just click the "subscribe to weekly newsletter" button. I don't often recommend things on the Internet, but this is one of the more enlightening things I've done. Again: https://flashbak.com/ And two from this week's selection which I found riveting: https://flashbak.com/les-halles-de-paris-the-citys-great-food-market-in-photographs-c-1950-416549/ https://flashbak.com/the-true-story-of-the-holocaust-train-rescued-from-the-heart-of-darkness-friday-april-13th-1945-416548/
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    Dormancy 2019

    I'd certainly consider something like that, Dallas (I'm not interested in money, though), although at the moment as you might gather my time is pretty well taken up with the mechanics of both getting everything up to speed again as well as tutoring, which is proving to all be a bit more challenging than I had expected as the lack of spare parts, repair facilities and even new film equipment is making things challenging (I never contemplated having to repair equipment myself, nor that some of the stuff is simply terminally irreparable owing to years of neglect and poor storage). I am also up against something else that I really hadn't thought through properly, namely trying to teach B&W film use, processing and printing to people who have had absolutely no experience with the medium, and by that I mean that they mostly haven't even seen a negative or, believe it or not, a B&W photographic print on proper silver bromide paper. My original student is proving to be the quickest on the uptake, but I think she's just an exceptionally smart cookie (which helps enormously), however I'm about to lose her to a very extensive time travelling overseas (as seems to be so popular these days). Hopefully she'll eventually return to resume learning the subject again, but she wouldn't be the first one to end up making a life in another country altogether. I was sort of hoping to get her to help other beginners to their mutual benefit once she gets a bit of experience, but that may not happen now.
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    Dormancy 2019

    Along with retirement has come a decided shift in what I do photographically. The regulars here will know that I've moved back to B&W film, which was the backbone of my training and education in the early '70's, and along with that I've taken on the task of mentoring younger people (currently between 17 and 23) in the use and handling of 'proper' B&W film and darkroom techniques. Along with that has come an interest (as well as an essential need) to repair film cameras from the 20th Century, all of which pretty well occupies my time and has rendered my photographic output to a virtual trickle, and 99% to do with film. The only digital shots I have taken in the last 6 months have been photographs of film equipment and for copy work. Ergo, not only do I have little work to post here for discussion, it is also not of much interest to those currently involved 100% with digital, which in turn appears to be most, if not all of those posting on this site. Likewise my own interest in things digital has all but evaporated as I now get reminded daily why I chose photography as a profession in the first place, and of the nightmare that digital brought into my life in virtually destroying a very lucrative, niche branch of the profession, along with the insane financial demands of constant computer and ancillary equipment renewals, along with an equally insane camera equipment replacement (erroneously called "updates") at a frequency at least five times greater than was needed with film gear. Testament to this is the film gear I currently use, most of which dates from the 1960's-1980's and which works just as it did 30-40 years ago, and will continue to do so until it just plain wears out, and not because some manufacturer decides that 18 months to two years is the benchmark time-frame to replace equipment with new models. To those who still insist that digital is "cheaper", all I can say is that it might be for hobbyists, but as a professional you'd simply be dreaming - I could just about have bought a whole Kodak retail shop with the extra amount of money I had to spend on camera and computer equipment over the 15 years that digital interfered in my professional life, and during which time my only expenditure, had I been able to continue as I had been before, would have been on film, paper and chemistry, there being no need to replace any of the camera gear I had. That expenditure was 100% recoverable as well in that clients were understanding and willing to pay for those consumables, unlike with digital where all the processing and computer gear is regarded as "included" and not payable as an extra. In my experience digital did little other than turn a profitable, secure profession into a nightmare struggle to survive. So while I still check in here often, I seem to be spending less time on forums (including FB pages) and much more time on ebay searching for film equipment and parts to keep my growing stable of cameras and lenses that are mainly used as loaners for students to get acquainted with the totally different world of film and 100% mechanical cameras. It has amazed me that the number one problem digital-age photographer-wannabes have is with manual focus - I'd say on average one in three frames are lost through being mis-focused or not even focused at all, which really makes me wonder what on earth they're looking at through an SLR viewfinder to not notice that the shot is so far out of focus that the subject can barely be made out! Even allowing for the three cameras out on loan at the moment, and with almost none of the somewhat insane collection of lenses I have acquired, nor the several partially or totally disassembled "parts" cameras I also have, this is what it looks like on my gear table at the moment...
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    Skyline by Night

    The J W Lindt photo was taken from the flat centre of the roof of the Victoria barracks visible as the brownish building with slate roof that appears next to the large gum tree at lower left. It might be worth trying if you can talk your way onto that roof to get an exact comparison. Take a copy of the Lindt photo - that sort of thing usually gets co-operation. I've talked my way into places by showing a 19th Century view that I could demonstrate was taken from their building before. You can see the two chimney stacks with the iron balustrade between in the enlarged view of this photo, and exactly where the dude in the photo was standing in the middle of this section: ...just adding - maybe suggest the officer on duty stands in at the same spot with a similar pose - you'll probably be surprised at how co-operative people can get when you involve them. ....and further adding - I think that white flash next to the far chimney may even be the skylight seen in the original - which means the new subject's feet can be located exactly where the guy in the bowler was standing.
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    Skyline by Night

    I had to post this one taken from the Victoria Barracks in St Kilda Rd by J W Lindt after 1880 (probably around 1900, given the guy's clothes and bowler hat). You would have zero hope of seeing the Exhibition Building from anything other than a helicopter from there these days, I guess, but here it is clearly the most prominent, if distant building in the photo .
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    Skyline by Night

    That's changed so much I can't even recognise it as the city I spent my teens to forties in. Which is why I moved to Tasmania nearly 25 years ago, the traffic in Melbourne was unsufferable even back then. Two hours travel here gets you anywhere from 130 to >200kms away, even on a relatively bad day, even in this day and age, and with almost no freeways.
  13. Thanks for the comments, guys, much appreciated.
  14. 1908 Thornton Pickard ½ plate camera, Ilford MG IV paper negative, ISO 3, 16 seconds @ f/32.
  15. I know some think I'm totally nuts, but after almost 20 years of being progressively forced into the financial merry-go-round and endless "updates" and "upgrades" that digital brought to my professional life, retirement has seen me completely reinvent my lifelong love and enjoyment of photography by returning to film, in particular B&W emulsions and the old, battery-less, fully mature design and construction of mechanical cameras with manual-everything lenses and reliable, predictable, and fully operator-controlled photography. I needn't even turn a computer on to achieve an end result these days. It's the sort of thing I signed up for as a career in 1971, and which I enjoyed immensely until the intrusion of digital, which I really did try to make work for me aesthetically as well as functionally (under sufferance of client demands), often exploring the cutting edge well before the software writers caught up and released those techniques for general use by the current barrage of cheap, 18-month life cycle digital cameras and more recently the secondment of those functions to almost every consumer's telephone (or "device", as photography is now apparently procured by). So I'll put digital as the worst experience of a career that overall I had enjoyed immensely, and now that I've returned home, as it were, I can use real large and medium format cameras and not "pretend" large format fakery with its lenses, optical performance and sensor size based on a standard of the old, professionally almost inadmissible "amateur" 135 format. A bonus is that I can also use 35mm film cameras and film without being scoffed at these days, as it turns out . I don't even raise an eyebrow when I mention using Soviet-Bloc cameras from the Cold War era, as I, like many others, have found that their bad reputation is probably a result of anti-Soviet propaganda of the era, rather than anything intrinsically wrong with their design, in particular regarding the lenses. Sure the assembly might be a bit rough, but they are simple and usually relatively easy for a home mechanic to repair and maintain, something that cannot be said for anything digital. I therefore no longer have to argue the merits or otherwise of the formats and equipment that I use, because it is all stuff that was settled well over 50 years ago and so there's nothing to argue about, save protestations from a few brand-name zealots who argue their gear superiority whenever they can - but then that's something that's common with almost any pursuit which has different brand names vying for superiority and the largely amateur or collector warriors who fight the online propaganda wars for those manufacturers. At least I can choose to simply ignore all that nonsense again.
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