coldkennels:

Probably one of my favourite photos EVER. Banjos? Christmas? Soviet cameras? TLR? Slide film? Communism? It’s like fuckin’ CATNIP.
Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 400X.

Reblogging one of my favourite xmas photos to wish everyone a merry xmas. Enjoy the family time, go visit friends, and most importantly, shoot some film!

coldkennels:

Probably one of my favourite photos EVER. Banjos? Christmas? Soviet cameras? TLR? Slide film? Communism? It’s like fuckin’ CATNIP.

Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 400X.

Reblogging one of my favourite xmas photos to wish everyone a merry xmas. Enjoy the family time, go visit friends, and most importantly, shoot some film!

Although the company was bought out a long time ago, Bass still has little bits of itself left around the town. This triangle on one of the brewery fences is one of those; its once-famous logo, now consigned to the scrapheap of history.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100; processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

Although the company was bought out a long time ago, Bass still has little bits of itself left around the town. This triangle on one of the brewery fences is one of those; its once-famous logo, now consigned to the scrapheap of history.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100; processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

I love the old brewery buildings at the industrial end of town in Burton. I always thought it a bit grim, getting off at the train station and having the pipes and towers be the first thing you see of the town (the railway line was built to serve the brewing industry, so the station’s in that end of town as a result), but now that I’m starting to think about the industrial past, I’m finding something reassuring about seeing the old remnants of it.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100 and an orange filter; processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

I love the old brewery buildings at the industrial end of town in Burton. I always thought it a bit grim, getting off at the train station and having the pipes and towers be the first thing you see of the town (the railway line was built to serve the brewing industry, so the station’s in that end of town as a result), but now that I’m starting to think about the industrial past, I’m finding something reassuring about seeing the old remnants of it.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100 and an orange filter; processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

Old brewery equipment reduced to public art.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

Old brewery equipment reduced to public art.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

Just over the border in East Staffordshire lies a town called Burton-upon-Trent. Once upon a time, it made beer. Lots of beer. Nowadays, a lot of the breweries have closed down, and the biggest one left - what was once Bass - has been bought out by Coors, and is basically reduced to manufacturing cheap lagers and alcopops. Hundreds of years of history and expertise literally thrown away*.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 
*I’m not kidding. When Coors bought out Bass, they threw away all the recipes for all the real ales and beers Bass had made through their history, and (I believe) fired/laid off the master brewers. They just tossed them into the skip - the recipes, that is, not the brewers. The machinery and space dedicated to the ales went, too.Since then, real ale sales have grown exponentially year on year, while lager and alcopop sales - Coors’ market - are basically drying up. NICE ONE GUYS

Just over the border in East Staffordshire lies a town called Burton-upon-Trent. Once upon a time, it made beer. Lots of beer. Nowadays, a lot of the breweries have closed down, and the biggest one left - what was once Bass - has been bought out by Coors, and is basically reduced to manufacturing cheap lagers and alcopops. Hundreds of years of history and expertise literally thrown away*.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 10.5 minutes at 23deg C. 

*I’m not kidding. When Coors bought out Bass, they threw away all the recipes for all the real ales and beers Bass had made through their history, and (I believe) fired/laid off the master brewers. They just tossed them into the skip - the recipes, that is, not the brewers. The machinery and space dedicated to the ales went, too.

Since then, real ale sales have grown exponentially year on year, while lager and alcopop sales - Coors’ market - are basically drying up. NICE ONE GUYS

More home processing, and a bit of a recent-history lesson: Derbyshire used to be an industrial area. We produced a LOT of stuff. In the last thirty years, all of that has crumbled and gone. This building is, I believe, the chimney to a kiln (although I will need to check at some point); once upon a time, this little area was known for pottery (alongside its coal output). Indeed, this photo was taken from on top of a gigantic pile of clay castoff, and when I was a child, I remember the pile of broken pots next to a building to the left. Now these buildings are all either derelict or crumbling, and this one seems to be being used as a scrapyard. The trainline that served the pottery has long since been removed, the mines have closed, and the local industry disappeared. As a result, the local area has an aura of failure, of loss, of dejection. The high street looks like a ghost town.
The sad thing is that this story isn’t unique. In fact, it’s so common it’s cliché. But the fact that the country’s last train manufacturer - in Derby, no less - has just been forced to close due to the government giving a £1.5BILLION contract to Siemens has reopened an old wound. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not normally a “dey turk err jurbz” guy. I’m all for immigration. Skilled workers from all over the former British Empire and the European Union have been invaluable to this country, despite the fact we often mistreat and underpay them. But something’s gone very, very wrong in this country. Very wrong. And something needs to change.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C. 

More home processing, and a bit of a recent-history lesson: Derbyshire used to be an industrial area. We produced a LOT of stuff. In the last thirty years, all of that has crumbled and gone. This building is, I believe, the chimney to a kiln (although I will need to check at some point); once upon a time, this little area was known for pottery (alongside its coal output). Indeed, this photo was taken from on top of a gigantic pile of clay castoff, and when I was a child, I remember the pile of broken pots next to a building to the left. Now these buildings are all either derelict or crumbling, and this one seems to be being used as a scrapyard. The trainline that served the pottery has long since been removed, the mines have closed, and the local industry disappeared. As a result, the local area has an aura of failure, of loss, of dejection. The high street looks like a ghost town.

The sad thing is that this story isn’t unique. In fact, it’s so common it’s cliché. But the fact that the country’s last train manufacturer - in Derby, no less - has just been forced to close due to the government giving a £1.5BILLION contract to Siemens has reopened an old wound. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not normally a “dey turk err jurbz” guy. I’m all for immigration. Skilled workers from all over the former British Empire and the European Union have been invaluable to this country, despite the fact we often mistreat and underpay them. But something’s gone very, very wrong in this country. Very wrong. And something needs to change.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C. 

More home developing. 
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C.

More home developing. 

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C.

I developed film for the first time today; having had a Paterson System 4 tank lying around for ages, I kept meaning to buy chemicals and give it a shot. Moving to a place that doesn’t have a single lab that can process 120 film seemed like a good enough incentive.
Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C.

I developed film for the first time today; having had a Paterson System 4 tank lying around for ages, I kept meaning to buy chemicals and give it a shot. Moving to a place that doesn’t have a single lab that can process 120 film seemed like a good enough incentive.

Lubitel 2, Lomography Black and White 100, processed in ID-11 for 11.5 minutes at 22deg C.

Abandoned.
Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 100F.

Abandoned.

Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 100F.

<3 Greyhounds.
Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 100F.

<3 Greyhounds.

Lubitel 2, Fuji Provia 100F.