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Film Camera Perth Landscape Photography Workshops Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
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While everyone else had a real job I spent more than 25 years hiking and camping in south west Western Australia. With my film camera, a trusty wooden field camera and a few sheets of film you can find me out on the coast, in the bush or climbing some peak.

I find landscapes inspiring, whether it be a grand scene or an intimate detail. The West has a unique and ancient landscape. Our quality of light is as hard as it is voluminous. It provides me with a continual challenge to reproduce that quality within the limitations of a photograph.

Since 1989 I have been photographing and publishing my landscape images of National Parks and Regional Reserves under my imprint Stormlight Publishing. I also provide images to other publishing houses for their publications.

My introduction to photography was in the era of film cameras and light sensitive photographic paper. A film camera is less forgiving if you don’t think ahead. But what you gain is their simplicity of use. It frees you to concentrate on making the image without distractions. They are robust to environments exposing them to rain and salt air. And a bonus of my 4×5 film camera is that it does not need batteries.

I learnt to 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 works alongside any digital workflow.

Working physically with silver halide materials provides a thread of continuity throughout my photography. Making prints by hand is the final and possibly most important act in this creative cycle. In my opinion it gives an unquestioning intention and authenticity to a photographer’s works.

“Dissociation” Folio

Canning River Regional Park Exhibition


Canning River Photographs -Dissociation
Dissociation – Publication Exhibition Prints
Dissociation 28 large format black and white hand printed photographs from the Canning River Regional Park Read more.
pemberton wine region
Pemberton Wine Region Book
Pemberton Wine Region hardcover premium publication showcasing the extraordinary beauty of this emerging Australian wine region. Read more.
postcards western australia Alex Bond Stormlight Publishing 2017
Western Australian Postcards Stormlight Publishing
Leeuwin Naturaliste – Southern Forests – South Coast Postcard Series I finally got around to completing Stormlight Publishing 25 years Read more.
Canning River photographs
Canning River Photographs Perth Australia
I have just reposted a collection of about 40 contemporary Canning River photographs in a 50 page publication. The photographs Read more.

Hand Crafted Silver Gelatin Photographic Prints

Perth landscape photographerMy silver gelatin fibre based prints are made by hand and involves the use of traditional darkroom, light sensitive materials and chemistry. Read more……..

Refine your film camera technique

Modified Stand Development Ilford FP4
Modified Stand Development Ilford FP4 with Foma R09 and LC29
Slow down your development and improve your overall film speed and print quality Read more.
Film speed test Ilford FP4
Film speed test Ilford FP4 no densitometer
Measurable film speed tests without a densitometer Read more.
4 readings displayed approx -2 to +3 indicating an exposure of 1/350th at F11 200ISO
Sekonic L758D and the Zone System
How to use the Sekonic L758D with the zone system Read more.
Jobo 2551 tank CPE-2 processor
Velvia 4×5 with Tetenal E-6 developed in Jobo processor
Process your Velvia 4x5 sheet film yourself Read more.

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Alex Bond Photographer“I go for long walks in the bush or along the coast with my wooden field camera, a few sheets of film, a tripod and sometimes a tent and food. I like to take my time to absorb the environment, to rediscover and to reconnect. My direct involvement with the materials and techniques for making an expressive photographic print is of importance to me. I maintain a traditional darkroom, developing my films and hand printing all my black and white silver gelatin prints.”


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