Primrose Hill Photo Story

I once read somewhere a statement from a photographer which said, “If you are able to remember where and when you took a photograph, that means you’ve taken a good one.” I must admit that I have the same feeling every time I see this photograph. I can recall exactly that freezing morning in particular, and how I envisioned the photograph inside my head even before I pressed the shutter.

This is really emotional for me. It’s almost like going back in time to 2010. It was an extremely cold sunny morning in late November. I had my Nikon F2 film camera without any light metering system, backed with a 24mm wide angle, with Ilford black and white film. I was climbing Primrose Hill’s main path when I noticed some trees from the other side. I thought to myself, “If I shot through the trees, I would be able to capture this strong light.”

I waited patiently until the pedestrians had walked by. The exposure was just perfect! Probably if I had taken it in digital, it would have been under-exposed or over-exposed. I do believe that film portrays hard light conditions much better than digital. You can see the circle of the sun perfectly through the branches and scant leaves. I love the shape of the photograph, that’s why I decided to include the negative transparency along with the positive. I hope you love it too!

Piece by Joan Olivella. Follow on Instagram @littlewhiteflatphotostudio

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2 thoughts on “Primrose Hill Photo Story

  1. Thnks for giving me the opportunity to share this photograph with you all! and even more important than this, I’m really happy to share my strong feelings towards this landmark London place. Sincere thanks

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