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Adam James

By RJPhoto  
Adam James runs his own salon in Poynton, Cheshire. I've known him for a while as he used to work at the one I go to. His salon is very stylish, with exposed brick, old leather chairs... and a huge window and double door. I was walking past a couple of weeks ago and saw the perfect photo opportunity - so asked if he wouldn't mind. He didn't. I shot this using my old Olympus Trip 35 with Ilford 400ASA black and white film. The film was processed and scanned by DS Colour Labs in Didsbury. For the upload I simply tweaked the curve a bit to add a touch more contrast, but other than that - it is how it was shot. I exposed for the window (half pressing the shutter - allows exposure lock on the old Trip 35) but credit to the film and camera it has retained the detail in the shadows. The grain this film gives is also a pleasure to behold.

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Nike55 11 957 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2013 2:19PM
Nice to see someone using a 'Trip' and 400 film. It was my favourite accompaniment to my old OM2 'back in the day'.

I'm not really in a position to comment, and this isn't a criticism, but when looking at this shot I keep 'falling' into the whiteness of the background on the left - its almost like vertigo, slightly jarring, I'm rushing past her towards the street.

I expect its because, to my mind, the composition seems reversed, with the seated figure being placed on the right looking out of right frame rather, than as I would have done, placed her on the extreme left looking into the mirror, and ending up with a perhaps boring shot. I like it.

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RJPhoto 5 11 1 United Kingdom
22 Aug 2013 3:46PM
Thanks Nike55. I know what you mean about the white space. Before posting this full frame version I cropped it to just Adam and his customer, so as to remove the white space, but when you compare the two, this larger one is more interesting. Yes it breaks the rules, but for that I think it a better shot. After all, this is a working salon, and not posed (I went in, asked to take the shot and took it) I couldn't move anyone or anything around. I wanted to capture the atmosphere and mood of the room. If I'd shot from the other side, the light would have been behind me meaning I would have cast a shadow, and the light wasn't quite as good - no real shadows to speak of. (If you go on my website under portraits you can see both crops.)

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