B&W in Brum

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Birmingham has been undergoing something of a renaissance in the last 10-15 years, meaning the once absurd possibility of the 2nd largest city in the country actually becoming the “Second City” is no longer so absurd.

So back in January, I visited two very different symbols of this revival. The “Hipster Heaven” of the Custard Factory, and the “Corporate Utopia” of the redeveloped Snow Hill area, now home to a major new corporate headquarters for KPMG. The question is, which is which?

This was also an opportunity to play with some Kodak 400 TX, a film which I haven’t used in years, and have never attempted to develop myself before. I decided to try some shots focusing on very smooth clean lines, to enjoy and soak up the best of such a smooth film, something which I don’t often get the chance to do with B&W on a low budget.

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Here comes the science bit:

Camera: Zenit 11

Lens: Pentacon MC 3.5-4.5 / 35-70

Film: Kodak 400 TX

Dev: Ilfosol 1:14 12min / Ilfostop / Ilford Rapid Fix 4min


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