Hi, I’m Richard, welcome to my website…
A bit about me:
I am currently a full time mature student at Blackpool and the Fylde College in my final year studying Photography BA(Hons). I undertake various personal projects throughout the year and I am frequently casting for volunteers to take part. One area I have been looking at recently is the issue of body confidence for women. So many women in our society are made to feel bad about themselves, especially as their bodies change naturally through ageing or pregnancy, illness or accident. I’ve explored ways photography can help throw off these feelings and offer a freedom and liberation from unrealistic ‘ideals’.
After a car accident a few years ago I stopped trading as a professional portrait and wedding photographer and now focus my attention on my various photography projects and my degree. However now I’m on the mend I’m relaunching my photography business offering training workshops, fine art photography prints for collectors and quality black and white portraiture.
A bit about my photography:
As a fine art photographer I create beautiful hand-crafted prints using a variety of techniques. I mainly use Victorian era photographic processes from the early days of photography to produce prints with a quality rarely seen.
Shooting with 35mm, medium or large format cameras using black and white film is the beginning of the process. I then produce a negative from the scanned film which becomes the actual size of the final image when printed. I create beautiful hand-coated prints on art paper using the Kallitype, Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown or Salt Print processes and sometimes tone using gold or platinum. On occasion I may use the Wet Plate Collodion process from the 1850s to produce a small but stunning final image on a black-coated aluminium sheet.
I have a particular passion for pinhole photography, using medium and large format film, and love not only the simplicity of shooting without a lens but also the sheer beauty of the images that can be achieved.
I enjoy experimenting with old or toy cameras, including Holgas with plastic or glass lenses, a Kodak Brownie Box Camera from between 1928 and 1931 and a Kodak Cresta from the 1950s which I dismantled and reversed the lens for a different look.
Thanks for looking, I hope to speak to you soon, Richard.
Richard Hardwick is a sole trader trading as Hardwick Studio