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The first time I found this road was in 2010, I had borrowed a Bronica etrs medium format camera from college and it was the first time I had shot film that was larger than 35mm, I was hunting for the best shots I could possibly take that weekend I had the camera. It’s a cumbersome format to work with, you get used to it but your first time loading medium format film is always peppered with uncertainty. They’re fully manual cameras without light meters and all have their own quirks. There’s always a shutter lock mechanism to stop you taking a shot in your bag or some clever shutter cocking mechanism where you wind the film along for one full turn and take a quarter turn backward to cock the shutter or a metal plate that you have to remove before the shutter can be depressed. This camera was no different, but I was sure I had followed orders correctly and I was confident I had a great shot. My first medium format photo, I rushed it home to be developed and did my research on where to develop, I had previously developed at Costco for 35 mm but that was the largest size they catered for (I know, unlike Costco not to cater the largest of anything). I went to a small shop in Manchester and handed over my film, it wasn’t part of a chain and it was the only option in the city centre that I could find to develop my film. I handed it over, confident that I had checked the camera properly, metered correctly, loaded the film in the right way, checked the tripod for stability, checked the focus, I had even bracketed for safety.
Then, after a few hours wasted around town I returned to collect my film, my first medium format film, my gateway to higher resolutions and better colour depth, that wonderful medium format aesthetic, which they had developed with the wrong chemicals and ruined the film.
So consequently every year I have headed back to take the same spot in autumn, this is the place that I’ve revisited the most and will continue to do so.
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