Milly's Creek  by Jules Campbell

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Combining old photographic techniques with new.

This image like all my ‘through the viewfinder’ images was taken through an old Kodak Duaflex IV or a Yashica 635 with a new digital camera.

TtV Concept…

All I do is crop the image and enhance colours as I see and remember them in the landscape. The dust specks are very real and I make no attempt to hide them, as is the black frame in fact I have left a piece of grass to hang over the edge for added authenticity.

I have abandoned the use of a tripod because it feels less contrived and I enjoy the nonchalant feeling of “it’s meant to be” which can be a hard feeling to achieve with so many technical issues related to photography. So more and more I find myself using the environment to help construct the images.

I have always been obsessed with age concepts in my art, it is a recurring theme for me revisited again and again in various forms. The oldness, the square image, the colours, the use of ‘old’ equipment makes me feel at home. I have idealised my childhood and old things have my absolute respect and admiration. Old things can trigger a fleeting memory just like the photograph records memories, precious old possessions can remind me of a particular time and place or person. No amount of gold can replace such richness.

There has been a lot of discussion on the net re TtV and some dismiss it as a gimmick to make bad photography look interesting and that could certainly be possible for some but I feel it has its place in the right context. The same argument could be said for many tools used to create visual arts…

In writing this, I hope you (the viewer) will gain a brief insight into the madness behind the method :)

cheers jules

“ Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

Photographic artist based in the southwest of Western Australia.

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  • InnerNortherns
    InnerNorthernsover 6 years ago

    very iconic australian imagery,transcends school holiday photos in the early 80s

  • Thank-you I.N. and how right you are! I was aiming for a pacticular ‘look’ perhaps a little earlier in time…as soon as i saw the white ghost gum I thought of Albert Namatjira. 1980’s definately works also its got something to do with that cyan colour and come to think of it all the pics I took in that era were infact square from a kodak instantmatic.

    – Jules Campbell

  • Persimmon
    Persimmonover 6 years ago

    this really says Australia doesn’t it?

  • Thanks persimmon -it certainly felt very, very australian while composing this shot..drinking a cold beer, swatting flies, red dirt, 4wd, hot and not a soul for miles and miles. My kinda country!!

    – Jules Campbell

  • Basia McAuley
    Basia McAuleyover 6 years ago

    Excellent colour, angle and love your style of processing, well done.

  • Thanks so much Basia :)

    – Jules Campbell

  • pentangled
    pentangledover 6 years ago

    You’ve really captured the image I have Australia in my head (well, one of them…. images not heads….oh dear!…) – I’ve never visited, but maybe one day. I’m about as far away as poss on this planet!

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