On half term break but never far from the camera! In particular we’ve been celebrating the 50th birthday of the District Association we camp with of the Camping and Caravanning Club. This particular frame is one I’ve wanted for a while and fits with a project which will see a lot of focus over the next two years!
Towards the end of my roller derby photography days I decided to roll out the Cambo SC 5×4 and shoot a few sheets. This was about three years ago now and for whatever reason I never processed them.
Here are two of the sheets of Harman Direct Positive. Some 5×4 film on the way.
A photographic investigation of non-place and the sanctuary provided by the A Road Petrol Station. Emerging from the darkness of the long nights drive, they give us shelter, food and water.
All images photographed using a 5×4 large format technical camera on Kodak Portra 160.
One of my many on going projects has been ‘A Road Petrol Stations at Night’, a study of the non-place and world of the night time service area. My initial interest in these places came about after reading ‘Non-Places’ by Marc Auge but what is a non-place? A non-place is anywhere we as people occupy for a temporary amount of time, they are built and made for us but we don’t live there. Examples of non-places include supermarkets, airports, hotels and, of course, service stations.
The A Road service area at night is very much a non-place and emerge from the deep darkness that comes from night time driving. The visual style of the photographs was to create this expanse of negative space using the dark of the night, isolating the subject and making it feel both secluded but also welcoming and safe.
The series is constantly growing and all the photographs so far have been shot using a large format technical camera using 5×4″ colour film (Kodak Portra 160).