Looking back to move ahead

Gone full circle now with my photography.  Started in a darkroom with B&W film way too many years ago, went back and forth with slides until moving to digital.  Then turned back to film for a look I missed.  Now I’m back in the darkroom.

Loading digital image files from the camera to a computer and seeing them pop up on your screen really isn’t the magical moment that accompanies looking at film out of a developer tank and seeing something emerge from nothing.  There’s a moment of joy and anxiety in processing film (“did I get that development time right?  was the fixer still good?  did I have the lens cap on?”) where you suddenly land on one emotion.  You pull the film out of the tank, look at a bit of it, and realize immediately a sense of pleasure or frustration.

Don’t get that emotional roller coaster with digital.

It is amazing how tolerant some film is of poor handling.  I’m starting out with rolls of B&W I was given, age uncertain but at least 10 years old, most likely kept in a drawer somewhere.  The first roll I processed turned out like I remember higher speed films looking – grainy, moderate contrast, nice tones.

Not that I’m planning to abandon digital.  Not really interested in the printing part of film, wrestling with enlargers, densitometers, paper types, developing trays, etc.  No, I simply scan the negatives and drop them into my workflow like any other digital image.

Here are a few examples from the first roll.  I’m still looking for intimate landscapes.

DS20150627102255 DS20150627101140-2 DS20150627093639 DS20150627094533


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