Brownie film 4

Film 4

Water. Canals. They crisscross Britain. One day, they trickled through my life and led me to unforeseen consequences that eventually swept me away.

I spent much of the latter half of 2018 exploring waterways by foot: ‘rediscovery’ is a cliché, but they brought me back to life.

Exposure 1
Riverside, with a beer
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400, f/32, ~0.5s

The Thames breathes under the balcony of The Grapes in Limehouse, and you can feel its sigh come through the gaps between the planks of wood


Exposure 2
The City, a ghost
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400

The Grapes, Limehouse


Exposure 3
A crowded resting place
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400, f/16, ~13s

By the side of the canal at Camden, a bar stool: the occupant devoured by music


Exposure 5
London, now and then, simultaneously
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400, f/32, ~3s

Only the crane gives away the present, overlooking the ghost that stalks the tennis court


Exposure 7
Hardmead Lock, Lea Navigation
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400, f/22, 1/50s

Hardmead Lock was as crisp as winter, waiting for the soothing curves of spring


Exposure 8
Stonebridge Lock, Lea Navigation
Details

Ilford Delta 120, ISO 400, f/16, 1/50s

I was on the central reservation of a motorway, except the road was water and the cars were canalboats, peacefully floating