New Old Bailey

The area around the Old Bailey in London has had a revamp and there is a new contemporary office block opposite the courts.

This photo isn’t as sharp as the St Paul’s one I shared yesterday, but I like the lines and pattern within this photo.

Film, 35mm
Ilford FP4 Plus 125

There’s a rhythm to this shot which the shutters created as they arch around the office block.

The Ilford FP4 Plus 125 black and white film gives a decent contrast through the shot and helps highlight the shadows and light.

Looking at this moment captured on film I wonder how long this building will remain in place?  The previous office block was only there around 30 years before being replaced.

When walking around The City on my lunch break with my Olympus Trip 35 I tended to be more conscious of getting interesting shots.  I have passed this block many times but on this day the pattern of the shutters got my attention so I took the shot.

I remember having to be further away from the building than I was expecting to get what I wanted in the frame.  Such are the ways of a fixed prime lens, you (or I) become the zoom.

I wish I could remember which setting I had the aperture on – I am sure it was landscape/f16 but this isn’t as sharp as I would have liked.

I think this shot suffers from

  1. me moving too quickly
  2. the film speed being too slow
  3. I also held the camera above my head to get the shot so there may have been camera shake

It’s going to take some practice to get used to the Trip but I am enjoying the work produced.

If you are interested in the Olympus Trip 35 Film Camera I am using, be sure to check out Amazon as there are some serviced ones for sale.

You can see more photos from this collection in my portfolio.

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