Many photographers have bodies of personal work tucked away in their files that record voyages of discovery, growth and opportunity which are quite distinct from their commercial work. Over the past 30 years
or so my photography interests have taken me into areas of personal growth that have spilled over into my commercial work (www.xrystal.co.za).
Think HDR (now thankfully dumped in favour of Exposure Fusion) for property interiors.
I've had a long standing love affair with infra red and monochrome film processes and much of this site has work done with I/R film in both 35mm and 4 x 5 versions.
I appreciate the unpredictability of this medium and the ethereal, not quite of this world, nature of these images. There is still a resonance with the darkroom disciplines
needed to be successful with I/R film but, like many photographers, I go straight to digital after processing.
The Kirstenbosch series is a good illustration of this melding of traditional and digital techniques. The complete series was shot in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens,
Cape Town, on a modified Noblex 135U pan camera on HIE I/R film. The processed negs were scanned, explored and conceptualised in the computer and then re-output on 4 x 5 negs on an
Alto film recorder for straight printing in the darkroom. The series was exhibited to critical aclaim in Cape Town and Johannesburg in 2002.
Digital technology has come up with an alternative to film and the Infra Red series in the first slideshow was shot on an Nikon D70 converted with a ( LifePixel ) hot filter replacement. The ability to include colour with this method has opened up a range of new opportunities to articulate a view (however unreal) of the world around us. More recently my digital infra red work is shot on a Nikon D200 converted and calibrated with a 665 nm hot filter by (Protech Photographic) in the UK
The pinhole series uses a wooden medium format pinhole camera with a 90mm focal length, f256 aperture.
The Up Close series uses multi-focus to get that all important depth of field and a touch of digital editing put a surprising visual symmetry back into objects, which if they were perfect, would have it naturally. This was a fun project for the studio. Thanks for visiting this site. I hope you enjoyed the wide variety of images.