A Wall of Rock

Last week I featured views of the Clover Point pumping station, made with my digital camera. Today’s photos are of the same place and time, but with the half-frame film camera. What I find interesting about these panoramas is that each shot is from a slightly different viewpoint.

This wall curves around a >90 degree corner and to take the pictures I walked around the wall trying at first to keep a similar amount of the frame covered by wall (that meant getting closer as the wall got shorter) and then when my shadow started to predominate just keeping a similar distance from the wall. I also tried to slightly overlap the photos, but that was tricky as there are no highly visible landmarks on most parts of the wall. There is an implicit motion in these pictures, especially in the way the metal rail over the vent structure slowly comes into view turning its face to the camera. This motion is not otherwise visible in the wall as it is curved and each shot is from a similar angle to the curve.

I also like how the pictures look stacked together as a series. I can’t scan more than 6 or 7 frames at a time, so chose to break this sequence into smaller parts. Now, I just needed a dog, or person in a frame or two. Sadly, they all walked behind me as I was obviously taking a picture – so polite!



Obviously this is more from my series of half-frame photos from the Olympus Pen. This is a great use for the made-up-word multitych.



Olympus Pen, half-frame camera, Efke KB50, ISO50, 1/50th, ~f4.


12 thoughts on “A Wall of Rock

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  3. This is becoming very imaginative work. I wonder whether you are familiar with the collages produced by David Hockney and others. If you google the words: ‘Hockney photo collage images’ you should end up with a gallery of collages that are each created by superimposing a multitude of shots of a place, object or person, all the images involved being slightly out of register with each other. Not quite what you are doing, because what you are doing is in camera, but from the visual angle you might see where this work could eventually take you.


    • Hi Andy. This camera has been a real boost to my imagination, for some reason I am still not totally sure about. Funny how a piece of equipment can be a catalyst.

      I went and looked at those Hockney collages and they are great! I was not familiar with this part of his work. It makes me realise that so many things have been done before, often by the great minds in art anticipating and seeing things that others are not where near ready. It was interesting also to see how many images there are that say “Hockney-style” collage, even instruction pages. I think the ones I like the best are the polaroids (though I sure as hell would not want to be the gallery conservators charged with their preservation). And also the way he has put together some images from many different times, like the one of his mother. Very cool.

      I did try out an idea that I stole from someone else who is doing it with digital cameras – three part portraits with close ups of one or two of the parts, from toe to head in thirds more or less. I can’t recall where I saw them, but they seem quite amenable to the half frame camera. I will post those sometime – only one worked out but the other, shot through an unnoticed fogged filter is quite interesting too.

      Lots of ideas to explore!


    • A sign of it’s function – holding up the caver to the sewage works. Not a prime advertising location. The rocks are pretty rough and perhaps make a lousy canvas. Grafitti in this area seems restricted to the smoother concrete barriers. And the crap is present in abundance, behind this wall.


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