This documentary project began in September 2019 having sown the seeds for it in June 2018. Many of the allotmenteers on the field we have plots on, meet up at various sheds where they are hosted to tea, coffee, cake and biscuits. This is where the important part of allotmenteering takes place.
It took me a while to decide on which camera to use but I've settled on the Mamiya RZ67 Pro II with either the 50mm or 110mm lenses. The first images are made on Ilford FP4+ but I may use HP5+ as I lose the light going into Autumn and Winter. The first image is digital but will be replaced by an analogue image and is the source of the title for the series. The project is asking people to select their favourite tool to be be photographed with so most of the images will reflect this along with a smattering of group gatherings. Other work got in the way during the Autumn and Winter of 2019 and then along came COVID-19 that effectively stopped production. Re-shooting began again in earnest during August 2021. Following the traditions of allotmenteering, I'm using whatever Black & White film I have in stock (most out of date by 5-7 years) to continue making images. FP4 is almost used up now so I'll move on to HP5.