Sunday, March 2, 2014
This is my first diptych. I used an outdated version of Lightroom and a tutorial that I found online.
Cold, rainy days are excellent opportunities for me to experiment like this. So often I feel too rushed to sit and take the time to learn something new.
I love that the image on the left was made by hand with paper, light, water, and developer, while the image on the right is digital all the way.
My darkroom class is looking up. No, I'm still not meticulous about the details (there was dust on my first print), but I MADE MY FIRST PRINT. It's just like in the movies, when she uses tongs to put the paper into the developing tray and then watches as the image miraculously appears. It is magic. I learned how to make a contact sheet, do test strips, and USE AN ENLARGER!!!
I was so excited to come home and use my own equipment! Turns out that I have everything I need to make prints at home. From taking the shot, to developing the film, to enlarging and processing the print!!
Is film dying? Are we really going to watch this process fade into obscurity? Even in the short time that I've been taking pictures, the price of film has nearly doubled, and I've seen more than one type of instant film go extinct. I realize that creating a print in the darkroom takes a LOT more work and effort than printing a digital image, but there's so much to be gained by learning this process. It's not about photography....