Another underexposed shot. Never printed – like about 80% of the film I shot in the 80s and 90s. Part of the reason for this was to do with negative film and non digital cameras – in a roll of 36 exposures you only ever expected to get one, perhaps two good shots, the rest were more of an insurance policy.
This was taken around 1984 in a rented house in London. It’s one of three shots I took and as usual, because it was negative film, I had no idea if any of them would work. It’s easy to forget how different it was to take photographs without being able to instantly see them on the screen of a digital device. Added to that there was the fact that usually each roll of film had only 24 or 36 frames and once they were gone they were gone. The other difficulty was that I had to put the camera on a tripod, set the timer going, run up a few stairs, then lift myself up on the stair newels, make an interesting shape and then keep as still as possible.