Endings. In two states. For a time, in the South.
The top picture is the very last picture that I made in Winston-Salem. North Carolina. The bottom picture is the very last picture that I made in the New River Valley. In Blacksburg, Virginia. While I was working there.
The pictures. You know the drill by now. Nikon camera bodies. The top picture was made with an F3. The bottom picture was made with an FM. The lenses were at 24mm f 2.8 and, on the bottom, a 180mm f 2.8. The film was Kodak Tri-X black and white film.
I’m not sure what more there is to say about these images. My style was obviously evolving. Even though these pictures were made roughly 35 years ago, the top picture is very close to how I work today. Except it’s black and white film. And, I probably would light it instead of pushing the film a couple of F stops. That’s why it is so contrasty and the shadows are so deep.
A couple of you like my black and white work. It makes me think that maybe I should keep it up. No. Not with old pictures. But, some new work. Let’s just hope that I can see in black and white. Every image would be a conversion for color to black and white. Only one camera, a Leica, currently in production makes pure black and white image files.
Also. A very nice person whose email address says that he or she works at Virginia Tech sent me the details on the basketball picture I published yesterday. Thank you.