Category Archives: Landscape

London Pinhole images from early 1990’s

Pinhole Pics
I have begun 2015 by embarking on the mammoth task of producing hi-res digital files from my Uncle Jan (Greshoff’s) film archive. (My brother Martin is already well underway with the lower res scans and he regularly uploads some of these to the Jan Greshoff facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/Jan.Greshoffs.Photographs?ref=br_rs).

So I have got my film scanner out of retirement and have upgraded my software but it still takes forever and the post-production takes even longer but it is actually quite refreshing not to be working on my own work with all that entails and to be putting myself in someone else’s mind to try and produce the kind of images that he would have printed. We have lots of his prints so it is relatively easy to see the kind of quality he was aiming for.

However, I digress… during a New Year sortout I came across a small pile of pinhole prints from negs that I did in the early 1990’s with an adapted Sinar. As my scanner is out again I thought I put them through and here they are. There are a few more tucked away somewhere but someone else can scan those when I am pushing up the daisies.

I just love the feel that pinhole images produce and still find it entirely amazing that they are possible in the first instance. I shot a few more a couple of years ago, using my last remaining large format camera (all the Sinars being sold off ages ago), a baby Linhof but the rolls of film are still waiting to be processed I am ashamed to say. I even bought a 6×12 custom-made wooden pinhole camera that is still waiting to be used, I am even more ashamed to say!

Maybe 2015 will be the year of dusting off my processing cans and reels as well as my scanner.

So here is the inside of Smithfield Market:

Image: Robert Greshoff

And one of the Loading Doors:

Image: Robert Greshoff

These are the fine bridges that are a signature feature of Conran’s Butlers Wharf development just east of London Bridge in SE1. It wasn’t long finished then.

Image: Robert Greshoff

Here is Greenwich’s finest gasometer, it is still there going up and down like a great breathing lung. This picture was done when it had just breathed out:

Image: Robert Greshoff

A slight gear change, this is the view towards Kent from near London’s oldest ancient woodland that is Oxleas Wood:

Image: Robert Greshoff

Back to the city, this is a random view in South East London very close to where IPC magazines used to be. (It is in fact the building adjacent to the then HQ for Sainsbury’s), I guess they have probably moved by now. I did this after dropping off some pictures for Homes and Gardens I recall:

Image: Robert Greshoff

And here is the Sainsbury’s building itself, with the reflection of the local bolthole for all those overworked subs and picture editors there were lot’s of them then:

Image: Robert Greshoff

I have saved the best, or my favourites at any rate, till last. Here is Canary Wharf when it was newly finished, at the height of the recession and pretty devoid of tenants. Interestingly, there were no private security guys then either. If you tried to to this shot now (you can’t because there are now buildings where I was standing) or indeed use any camera bigger than an iphone you will be pounced on by 2 or 3 security guards and they are amazing adept at appearing out of nowhere very fast:

Image: Robert Greshoff

And finally my most favourite pinhole from that period has got to be this view of the Houses of Parliament from the south bank, complete with marvellous with pinhole flare:

Image: Robert Greshoff

Better get back to my scanning now…

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Leaves on the Road

It’s been a busy few weeks since my last offering here but I was working at Tavistock Square this week, on the 5th floor of the BMA building and whilst waiting for my subjects, I watched the world pass by below me.   I like the way the leaves seem to have a distinct preference as to what side of the road they fall on to!

 
Image: Robert Greshoff

London Docklands from Olympic Stadium roof

It has been a while since I last posted anything here.  this has been due primarily to the pressures of my commissioned work but while I was shooting at the Olympic Stadium project today I took this from the very top of the structure.  It wasn’t the best lighting but it remains a fine view and one that is not often seen and once the project is complete it will be seen even less!

 

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This was the Moon last night

I was out at dusk yesterday shooting the final scene of a little movie sequence (which didn’t go as planned so I’ll have to do it again on the next cold clear night!) but whilst I was packing the gear away, I looked up, saw the moon and took this before collapsing the tripod and putting the last camera away.

So not an entirely fruitless session.

The Moon and Cow Parsley
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A celebration of the English sky

I’d been planning to do a review of 2013 but I’ve been sidetracked by the interesting weather we’ve had of late.

in the early eighties when I was a student of photography (I say “was” –  I still regard myself as a student of photography!) I did a series of landscapes which were dominated by sky.  Indeed they were the most popular images at both my student exhibitions and they sold quite well too as far as I recall.  The last two images below are from that series.  By the way, these was scanned from original prints made on DW Agfa Portriga-Rapid  118 paper – a wonderful chloro-bromide paper with added cadmium giving uniquely warm, rich tones – now (sadly) long, long discontinued.

Without wishing to invoke any hackneyed phrases, South Africa is a land of contrasts and the same is true of the skies, they can be fabulous festivals of light and colour but still the skies over England have something on those over Africa.

In a curious way I have always found the infinite tonal variations in the clouds and skies here both confining and liberating and the endless range of changing shapes, sizes and particularly the subtlety of tones never cease to amaze me.  It can make even the most oppressive cold winters day into something of wonder.

Here then, are some English clouds with a couple of 32 year old Eastern Cape, South African ones thrown in at the end for good measure.

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Infinite shades of grey and white

Sun in the Northern Sky

Sun in the Northern Sky

Windows and sky

Windows and sky