The Rollei Diaries: Highlands in Monochrome
Arguably it's impossible to capture the 'essence' of a place in one set of images. The mood of the photographer and the ever changing conditions mean the best we can do is seek to represent our personal experiences with the landscape and it's affect upon us at that time. Releasing yourself from any imposed boundaries of expectation can help create a stronger bond with the locations as you begin to 'listen' to their story. Curating and presenting these images as a mini-portfolio they hopefully work together to present a stronger representation of the chosen vision. A vision that is crafted and moulded from my experiences in the location, my feelings, the conditions and doubtless many other sub conscious influences.
Whilst I'm a firm believer that the images should speak for themselves irrespective of equipment it is worth mentioning that all these images were shot on film, with a 1954 Rolleiflex TLR medium format camera. I choose to mention this as had it not been for falling in love with the Rollei, and the affect it had on my whole image making approach in 2016, I wouldn't be shooting in this fashion and so in this instance the camera has had a direct influence on helping me share my vision through the mood, shapes, light and composition and even choice of film. Using this camera has changed how I 'see' and how I react to all the image making possibilities around me, it's part of an ongoing journey of exploration and creation.
If you have any questions about the images, the Rolleiflex, the process of using film etc do feel free to get in touch using the form below. I have written numerous articles on the use of film and indeed using the Rolleiflex. Again, feel free to get in touch if you'd like to discuss any similar opportunities for a publication, website or similar.