Monday, December 7, 2009

Still life

This photograph is nostalgic and can stir emotional reactions to the film photographer.
Clinking sounds of the stainless steel aprons inverting, contact during the agitation. One thousand two...two thousand three...dumping and pouring, a seemingly endless ritual. Uncoiling and drying in a dustless atmosphere... the negative.
Glimpsing for proper density range needed to make that perfect print. Mind racing previsualizing subsequent steps, choosing the right paper.

The ruby colored dark lit room with smells of acidic acid (stop bath) and fixer overwhelms the developer. The glow of characters on the timer and the magic of an image coming alive from the chemical process. Tilt the tray but don't spill its potion. The tongs work but you still get it on ya.
Trying to be patient, wash them well or that ol hypo stain will haunt you.

Still life
If you don't have that knowing feeling of the film days, maybe you could find other elements to engage. Rather than make a picture of a camera, I wanted a designed photograph arranging the elements considering composition, camera angle orchestrating the information. Repeating elements and use of color. I this case there is very little color so it draws you into those little characters on the lens. I bumped up the saturation a little.

Shown: Developing tank, cap, stainless film aprons, Nikon FE camera with a hooded lens and a light meter in the background sitting on a light box.
Made with a Nikon D3 full-frame digital camera, ISO 200, 1/30 s at f/29.0, 60.0 mm lens

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