Steenfabriek Rusthoven, berenklauwen
Our photo collective LuciX has been invited to set up an exhibition in Museum Het Hoogeland in Warffum about industrial heritage sites in the province of Groningen later this year. I chose to make a series about the remains of the numerous brick factories that used to dot the landscape in this area. Once there were about fifty; now there's just one or two left. It's work in progress, at the moment I'm focussing on not merely showing ruins, but also discovering what purpose, if any, the remains of the industry serve nowadays.
I should like the photos to look great, first of all. It shouldn't be merely registration of what there is to see, it should also be a registration of what there is to experience. The technique of choice is 4x5" large format, transparency film, shot with my Toyo 45CF view camera. My film of choice is Kodak E100G.
I've processed the films myself with a JOBO CPE2 processor in Tetenal three bath E6 chemistry. That's a lot of fun to do, it's not that difficult at all, and the great thing is, it allows me to control the contrast to a certain extent by pulling the film. I use a shorter development time than the instructions indicate. The result is less contrasty slides, with a soft and beautifully natural color redition.
About this image: this is giant hogweed on the site of bricks factory Rusthoven, with the smoke stack in the background.