11 from 2020

Ansel Adams famously said that 12 good pictures a year was a good crop (or something like that). I set out to pick 12 of my favourites – not necessarily “good” – with one image from each month of the year. I failed.

For someone who takes most of their images out of doors, the travel restrictions asssociated with COVID – and a general lack of motivation – were a major factor in limiting the number of images I had to choose from. There were some months with a few candidates to choose from, such as January (pre-COVID) when I had a short break in Wales, and October, when I managed a few days in Scotland. In contrast, there are no film images at all in my Lightroom catalog for August 2020, so unless you really want to see an iphone snap of my cats, there’s nothing to show.

January

National Slate Mining Museum in Llanberis – Holga 120N and Ilford HP5+

February

Taken indoors

Intrepid 4×5 and Ilford FP4+

March

One of only two colour images in this selection – shot near Blanchland in Northumberland

Olympus 35RC and Kodak ColorPlus 200 film

April

A big fat nothing to show from April.

May

I photographed this gate a few times with different cameras and films – it’s a few hundred yards from home so accessible even in the strictest lockdown restrictions.

Yashicamat 124G and Ilford FP4+

June

The entrance porch at a local church, in infrared.

Mamiya RZ67, 65mm lens, Ilford SF200 film, and an R72 filter

July

A pinholeing trip to Lanercost Priory.

Ondu Multi-format pinhole set to 6×9, with Ilford FP4+

August

Pinhole again, this time at Steetley near Hartlepool

Reality So Subtle 6x6F camera, Ilford Pan F+ film, and 5-stop neutral density filter.

September

A large format trip to the Cheviot Hills to photograph two waterfalls – this one is Hethpool Linn. Despite living in the North East of England all my life, I only found out about this waterfall this year.

Intrepid 4×5 camera, 90mm lens, and Ilford FP4+

October

Autumn is the season when I shoot most colour film, for obvious reasons, but my favourite for this month is a long-exposure black and white shot from Ardnamuchan point, looking towards the Small Isles (Rum, Eigg, and Muck).

Mamiya RZ67, 50mm lens, and Ilford HP5+

November

Back to colour – Ektar in a local wood.

Mamiya RZ67, 65mm lens, Kodak Ektar

December

I still have some film shot in November and December waiting to come back from lab processing – a roll of Adox Scala 50 black and white slides. On a trip to Allendale I was shooting the Scala in an Olympus OM10 but also had some Ilford HP5+, rated at EI800, in an Olympus 35RC, which I used for this image. I think the grainy sky works well but it will be interesting to compare the Scala version when I get it back from the lab.

So there we go – 2020 wasn’t an ideal year for photography, or for anything else … lets hope 2021 gets better.

Happy New Year to my readers.

2 comments

  1. What a very good idea, Kevin, and an excellent crop too. AFAICS you could have picked another 11 quite easily, the quality that you share is uniformly high!

    … and a slightly premature HNY to you, too,

    Chris

  2. A nice selection Kevin. Agree with Chris and you give me something to aspire to. HNY, hopefully, it will be better than this one.

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