Church Square Retro

There’s a big concentration of Heritage Sites around Church Square – so it’s an obvious choice for one of my retro-styled Heritage Series pictures. This was taken from outside Birch’s last Sunday as I didn’t want all of the vehicles that fill the Square on weekdays in the shot. It was a warm sunny afternoon with beautiful clouds and a deep blue winter sky – so excellent conditions.
The colour version of the image is full of rich saturated colours that I’ve bleached out. To get the retro affect I’ve applied a sepia ‘vintage’ filter that emulates the Fuji Neopan Acros 100 film.


Roddy is a self taught photographer whose first camera, a Zeiss Ikon, was bought in 1974 from a second hand dealer in Glasgow. Through the forty years since then, he's taken landscape photographs with Pentax, Olympus and FujiFilm systems for his teaching and research as a geography academic at Kenyatta and Rhodes Universities. He has always been inspired by great nature and landscape photographers such as Nick Brandt, Beth Moon, Obie Oberholzer and Hans Strand. Since taking early retirement he has been able to pursue his passion for photography, published a photobook ’Symmetry in Nature and held three solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 

His landscape photography is about light: often at low angles, of forests, mist and clouds, the night sky and lightning. He prints on different media depending on the affects he wants to produce: brushed aluminium for reflecting angled light; Hahnemühle German Etching paper for soft diffusion; Ilford Metallic Gloss for vibrant night pictures.

His conceptual photography uses mirroring and merging of layers to explore patterns, motifs and the feminine in nature.