Drawn to the landscape of Australia’s south west, large format landscape photographer Alex Bond has been practising professionally since 1989.

He uses a 4×5 wooden field camera and conventional black and white and colour transparency films. All his films, including the E-6 colour are processed in his traditional wet darkroom.

Alex believes his direct involvement with the materials and the techniques used in film based photography and traditional wet darkroom printing  are an essential ingredient in making an expressive print.

He has traveled to many West Australian national parks, creating images for publishing houses as well for his own product line of postcards, calendars, books and posters. Alex Bond publishes under the imprint of Stormlight Publishing and has been the recipient of both State and National awards for excellence in print. He has received several international award nominations.

The Making of Photographs

Orange Lichen Redgate Beach Margaret river region
Velvia 4×5 tetenal E6 3 bath
Velvia 4×5 tetenal E6 3 bath process, an alternative to sending your chromes to the lab. This past week I have Read more.
clematis alex bond
Clematis flower Old Man’s Beard
Clematis flower Old Man’s Beard. Yes it’s an odd name, but old man’s beard is a common name to describe Read more.
My Last Polaroid Type 55 PN
A few days ago I was camping on the south coast, hiking and photographing with my 4×5 field camera. In Read more.
North Point Cowaramup Bay Margaret River region
North Point Cowaramup Bay Last wave of the day
North Point Cowaramup Bay is where I had been exploring the coast for new images over the past few days. Read more.
Zamia Palm
Zamia Palm Canning River Reserve
Zamia Palm Canning River Reserve Perth. With all those spikes, palms are generally are not my favourite plants. These are Read more.
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse
Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse four seasons in one day
Cape Naturaliste at sunrise with the shadow of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse  projecting across the Cape’s heathland. Spring is a wonderful Read more.
Traditional Darkroom
Traditional Darkroom Workshops
Traditional darkroom practise is slowly disappearing. It seems like there are less and less opportunities around Perth to learn about Read more.
Introductory Darkroom View Camera Seashell details Cape Leeuwin Augusta Western Australia
Introductory Darkroom View Camera
Last weekend a workshop student got to use my 4×5 field camera. Earlier we had spent some time outside by Read more.
Shrines fishing gods Blackwood River Augusta Western Australia
Shrines fishing gods
Shrines fishing gods: we were walking around Augusta just on dusk, down by the banks of the Blackwood River. A Read more.
Donnelly River Pemberton
Donnelly River Pemberton
I was weighing up whether I should go or not, stay put and relax as the day draws to a Read more.

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  1. Hi, I am interested in a photography course, especially the darkroom part. However, I’d like to use my own camera, which is an Olympus OM2N film camera. Would you allow a student to use this kind of camera? Would you have a course that caters for that? Ideally I want a course that will help me to understand my camera better and use it better, as well as the possibility of developing my own photos.

    1. Hello Nadja, using your Olympus OM2n is fine. I offer weekend workshops, usually over 2 days, one learning about the camera and photographing, the other developing and printing what you photographed the day before.

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