Alex Bond works with film-based, large format, landscape photography in Perth Western Australia. His photographs are created while hiking with his large-format 4×5 field camera.
He uses sheet film for its slower pace, because it’s tactile, and for its inherent aesthetics. Although now considered an alternative photographic process, Alex continues his practice of traditional darkroom printmaking, using established archival techniques and procedures. He shares his knowledge and skills through workshops and tuition.
Alex Bond offers a unique collection of contemporary, hand-crafted, silver gelatin photographs, exploring the Western Australian landscape.
“Alex Bond knows when not to take a photograph. His approach to capturing the WA landscape on film is based on patience and attunement. The results have found a worldwide audience.”
Stephen Scourfield, The West Magazine, The West Australian Newspaper
While everyone else had a real job I spent more than 25 years hiking and camping in southwest Western Australia. With my trusty wooden field camera and a few sheets of film, you can find me out on the coast, in the bush or exploring some peak.
I go for long walks. It gives me time to become immersed in my surroundings. In my backpack, I carry my field camera, film, tripod and sometimes a tent and food.
The West has a unique and ancient landscape. Our quality of light is both as hard as it is voluminous. It provides me with a continual challenge to reproduce that quality within the limitations of a photograph.
Film cameras and light sensitive photographic paper
My introduction to large format film landscape photography was in the era of film cameras and light-sensitive photographic paper. Film cameras such as my field camera are very simple and robust. I am frequently working outdoors in rain, dusty or salty conditions. My wooden 4×5 film camera does not require any batteries and is lighter than a digital SLR.
Hand Crafted Silver Gelatin Photographic Prints
I develop my film in a tank and print my photographs in a traditional wet darkroom. By today’s standards, it is neither fast nor easy. But it is a process I maintain to this day. It remains alongside my digital workflow.
Printmaking by hand is the final and possibly most important act in this creative cycle. This level of involvement gives an unquestioning intention and authenticity to a photographer’s works.
I explore my subject over a period of years. I do not plan images, I work to discover. Many of my images fail, but those I’m happy with,
Traditional Darkroom Prints
- Bracken Ferns Augusta Australia’s South West
- Bannister Creek Perth Restoration Western Australia
- Granite coastline Albany region South Coast
- Canning River oxygenation trail Perth Australia
- Calgardup Brook Redgate Beach tidal patterns
- Canning River Woodlands mist Perth Australia
- Paperbark roots Walpole Nornalup Western Australia
- Seaweed Cape Leeuwin Augusta Western Australia
- Rapids Margaret River Western Australia
- Karri forest Walpole Nornalup Inlet Western Australia
- Sheoaks Canning River Perth Western Australia
- Paperbark Detail Canning River Wetlands Perth
- Paperbark Fire Aftermath Regrowth Canning River Perth
- Sunrise Canning River Perth Western Australia
- Burnt woodland Canning River Perth
- Swamp Sheoaks Canning River
- Wave Rock Hyden Western Australia
- Dune Cabbage Cape Leeuwin Augusta Polaroid Film
- Rock Thryptomene Margaret River Western Australia
- Oxygenation trail triptych Canning River Perth