Bill Hume

Bill Hume

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A member of Edinburgh Photographic Society, Kelso Camera Club and the Royal Photographic Society, with whom I gained an LRPS distinction, I give lectures to and judge at local Camera Clubs.

My main interest is the so-called “Alternative Processes” printing techniques of the 19th century, analogue- based but now updated for the digital age. My Platinum/Palladium prints have been included in two of the Edinburgh International Exhibitions of Photography and have won regional and club trophies. A talk on the methodology was given to the Scottish Conference of the Royal Photographic Society. I have a dedicated photographic laboratory to undertake these UV-activated chemical processes.


How did I arrive Here?

A retired clinical academic, I am particularly interested in the scientific aspects of photography, hence my immersion in Alternative Processes. My first encouragement was when Charlie Waite chose one of my slide images for commendation at one of his roadshows. That led to a spell in medium-format film photography, followed by purchase of a large format (10*8) film camera for monochrome work and to produce specifically exposed & processed negatives for platinum/palladium. Several courses at Inversnaid Photography Centre (including two with Joe Cornish, and then Terry King) provided further inspiration.
An understanding of monochrome is a pre-requisite for making high-quality digital negs for the platinum process, although it can be dispiriting when a judge thinks the final print is an ink-jet!

In addition to the above, I enjoy the tranquillity of architectural and internal church photography, but motorsport and landscapes do manage to get me outdoors.

The Photographers

© Bill Hume 2018