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Testing a new film: Orwo N74+ by Nigel Rumsey

This is a shot of Robin Hood Gardens in East London, it's a test from my first roll of Orwo N74+. Orwo film manufactured by FilmoTec GmbH based in the former East Germany. The company in various forms has been making film, mainly for the motion picture industry, since 1910. (more from Wikipedia).

This roll was developed in Kodak HC-110 'B' for 6.5 minutes. I'm very pleased with the results. The grain looks like a tabular film - very similar to T-Max 400 - which I'm generally not too fond of, but in this instance I quit like it. I've since developed a roll in Rodinal, but that's caught in the huge scanned backlog, so it'll be interesting to compare the two.

Robin Hood Gardens

Randy: typing NYC by Nigel Rumsey

Randy sitting typing on New York street Randy, strangely enough, was sitting on the kerb in Chelsea (NYC) typing a letter. We had a great chat he explained that he ran a business selling used records from outside of a disused shop. Apparently the landlord is gradually trying to close down the businesses on the block so it can be redeveloped, so Randy has set up his stall outside one of the vacant stores selling his records.

He told me about the changes in the area and that the majority of the creative folks had been driven out by the increasing rents. Rather a sad story and something echoed in London.

Randy was a really nice guy but I left our encounter with the sad feeling that we'll see fewer of the eccentric real New Yorkers on the street in the future.

New York City, USA

New York City photo book by Nigel Rumsey

I'm very pleased with the results my first self-published photo book, shot on the not so mean streets of New York City. I don't mean that to sound immodest but, not having designed and published a photo book before, it's something of a voyage into the unknown. This is one my favourite shots taken in the fabulous New York City library building on Bryant Square. NYC Public Library

If you know New York and you've not looked around the library it's certainly worth a visit. This shot is taken in the Periodicals Reading Room (I think it was called) on the ground floor, left of the entrance. You can see a full preview of the book here.