Black and White Sydney

Rummaging through my slides archive, buried deep under dozens of plastic colored little boxes, I found a white envelope, a big one. Inside of it, surprise surprise, a few contact sheets and the specific films neatly stored in pulp paper sleeves. And on top of that one more surprise: the films are in black and white.

Black and white, but why? Why did I travel, at the beginning of the last decade of the previous century, more than 30 years ago in simple math, to bright, colorful saturated, sunny Down Under with some black and white rolls? The mystery won’t be solved because I honestly do not remember. But the result of that decision is in front of my eyes, plain and simple, and I like it.

During the editing I also tried to map locate each shooting spot, some are obvious: Harbour Bridge, no brainer; others have been a bit more difficult or, I’m not ashamed to say, quite impossible to me. Thirty years is a lot of time to retain memories that have never been recalled since, and the city has changed so incredibly much: skyscrapers are towering and shading the horizon, trees have been cut, statues have been displaced. I did what I could. If you’re a local and recognize any place, please do drop me a line. 🙂

Kodak Tri-X and Ilford HP5 shot with Canon A1. Film scanned with Plustek OpticFilm 8200i AI.

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