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One Shot: Inchindown – Worcester Photo Walk and Film Showing

September 14, 2019

I’m organising a Worcester Photo Walk followed by a showing of Simon & Dave’s One Shot: Inchindown at The Kiln

We will meet on the 7th of December at 13:00 at The Kiln and go for a photo walk around the city
Then At 18:00 we will return to The Kiln for a showing of the film at 19:00 followed by drinks and a Q&A with Dave & Simon

Please let me know if you are coming on meetup here, or here

One Shot: Inchindown

This underground storage facility comprises six fuel storage tanks and two access tunnels. When the facility was built in 1938 it was the largest underground man-built structure. And, to this day, the first tank holds the record for the longest reverberation in any manmade structure. Each tank measures 237 meters long, 9 meters wide, and 13.5 meters high.

Simon and Dave use a large format camera (4”x5”) to make a single negative of one of the six tanks. Their concept was to take a single photo, process it, and print it on location. This involved turning one of the access tunnels into what may be the world’s largest darkroom, and using the same camera used to create the negative as an enlarger. This was made possible by Intrepid Camera Co., who provided their first production enlarging back for the project.

It also involved the two photographers sleeping in the tunnels overnight until they could come out with a 120cm gelatin silver fiber print. Tired, overcoming obstacle after obstacle, in a less-than-ideal location for darkroom printing, Simon and Dave manage to pull off whet they set out to do… even if it meant being covered head-to-toe in oil.

One Shot: Inchindown features a music score by Inchindown local Lucie Treacher, as well as sound effects captured on-location by sound space acoustic researchers and architects Mathias Klenner and Sophia Balbontin from Chile.”

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  • Reply
    Roger B
    September 15, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Using the camera to make projection prints was a common enough technique one hundred plus years ago, especially amongst the gypsy photographers who needed both to conserve space and funds.

  • Reply
    Inchindown: Why make photography so hard? An Interview with Simon & Dave - 35mmc
    October 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    […] The above video is a bit of a preview of the forthcoming documentary film ‘Simon and Dave’s One Shot: Inchindown‘. I’ve been lucky enough to see an early draft of the entire film, have been helping the guys promote it in the little ways that I can, and am even hosting one of the first showings of the film in December in Worcester – more info on that here. […]

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