About Ian Barber Photography

My Story
My photography journey started many years ago during a trip to the Grand Canyon in the USA. Seeing this grand vista made me realise that I wanted to be able to capture moments in time through the aid of a still photograph.

Currently I use a selection of cameras, both digital and analog film to make the initial exposure. The post processing of the photograph is performed with Adobe Photoshop. The majority of my own work is printed by myself using an Epson large format printer.

I develop all my black and white film photography with traditional darkroom chemistry. Each negative is indivudually scanned and outputted as a digital print on archival fine art photographic paper.

Why Black And White?
We see and live in a world of colour. That’s how we’ve evolved, and it’s the world that we know. Naturally, people seem to gravitate to colour photography. I think black and white is timeless, but more than that, it transcends reality and transforms an image into a realm that isn’t abstraction, but isn’t reality either.

No Colour Work At All ?
Although the majority of my personal photography projects revolve around black and white, I do create colour photographs for individual commercial clients which mainly consist of architectural photography for their owm business marketing material.

Workshops And Tuition
I occassionaly run local workshops for small groups and individuals. The group workshops are focused around a specific area of photography including film capture, pinhole photography, long exposures and digital photography and the individual workshops are tailored to the individual requirements.

Support To The Community
I am very aware that learning the craft of photography is not easy, especially the post processing stage which is why I also maintain a secondary website, https://www.digitalblackandwhite.co.uk where I offer a variety of learning material including videos, eBooks, articles, custom Photoshop extension panels and more.