Hi, I’m Richard, welcome to my website…
A bit about me:
I achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Photography at Blackpool and the Fylde College in 2018 and am currently studying a Masters in Socially Engaged Photography with Community Practice at the University of Salford together with Open Eye Gallery. I undertake various personal projects throughout the year and I am frequently casting for volunteers to take part.
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 academic studies.
A bit about my photography:
As a photographic artist examining the relationship people have with their body, with a current focus on touch and the the associated benefits. I create beautiful hand-crafted prints using a variety of techniques from the Victorian era and photographic processes from the early days of photography.
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