Martin Dyde Photography

Black and White Photographer of the Year 2015 runner-up

Specialist in traditional black and white film Photography

Mounted 12″ x 12″ Archival Giclee prints edition of 795

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“In my images I seek to explore the extraordinary beauty that inhabits the quiet, unexpected corners of our landscape; the curious, haunting strangeness at the heart of things; poignant, peculiar, incongruous relationships and implications; the remarkable and the sublime in the intimate landscape; and the poetry of the empty, neglected and superficially unimportant. “

The exquisite tonality of a finely-crafted black-and-white print provides a wonderful vehicle for interpretation, individuality and metaphor, revealing surprises and truths we wouldn’t otherwise notice amongst the chaotic seas of detail, colour and tonality of our experiences of the world. It allows authenticity unbound by the descriptive.

I grew up in West Sussex, then lived in the West Midlands for fifteen years, working as a computer programmer. Since 2007 I’ve lived in the Brecon Beacons National Park, with the dramatic coasts of South and West Wales, including the Gower and Pembrokeshire, not far away.
Living in the Welsh landscape is a great privilege, with a lifetime’s worth of subject matter on my doorstep. I hope that my images might provide some inspiration to others to explore and appreciate our outstanding landscape.

I primarily use medium-format film, scanned and worked on digitally. I aim to restrict myself to adjustments that would be possible at the printing stage in a real darkroom: mainly tonal adjustments, such as ‘dodging’ and ‘burning in’. I don’t add or remove significant elements from the landscape digitally; it’s important for me that my images are true to the landscape — a small communion.

Although I’ve used digital cameras on-and-off in the past, I’ve gone back to using and developing ‘real’, analogue, black-and-white film almost exclusively. I simply prefer the results I can get from it, as well as the quiet, thoughtful, unhurried process of using entirely mechanical, entirely manual, camera equipment. Most importantly of all, I also prefer the types of images that I find myself making.

I’ve been a serious practitioner of black-and-white photography since I was about ten, in the early 1980s. I was mainly self-taught, learning photography and darkroom skills from reading an enormous amount of books on the subject, and from working in a series of darkrooms over the years, including my own.

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