Hardcover Second edition 1997 (c)Creative Monochrome Ltd, Printed in England by Saunders&Williams Ltd
Photographer’s Library: Elements
Author Barry Thornton was regarded as one of the most technically accomplished photographers in the country. Also, he was known as bestseller author of books Elements and Edge of Darkness. Although Barry past away you can still find his articles on the internet. The link is HERE.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
Peter’s Stone is a circular limestone dome in the Wardlow Mires, northern end of Cressbrook Dale. This is where the last gibbet in the county stood and local legend has it this was the last gibbeting. A gibbet was a gallows used to display the bodies of criminals after their execution and this is where they were left until long after execution with their bones rattling against the iron cage serving as a deterrent to other would-be criminals.
I have used Fuji Provia slide film for this shot. I like slide film colours. Although Provia is not my top favourite stock I like to shoot it when I can.
I met Lomo Lady Gray 400 by chance, in Boots drug store. It was a 3 film pack on SALE! 3 rolls of 36 exposures films for £2 ( normal price per pack is £16.99). I bought all the packs they had in the shop. Bargain. I did not know much about this film, but I took my chances.
Every image is in some way a “portrait,” not in the way that it would reproduce the traits of a person, but in that it pulls and draws (this is the semantic and etymological sense of the word), in that it extracts something, an intimacy, a force.