The snow has melted away, and the beautiful sun is finally shining. But rather than spending all my time basking in the glorious sun, I’ve been making time to go into a space where no light can ever peer inside….back into the darkroom.
This semester, I’ve been taking analogue photography. I know. I know. I should have written a post months ago, but I’ve shared tidbits of photos on Instagram.
This course is different from Introduction to Photography. While intro. taught us to produce one image for an assignment, analogue is teaching us to think in conceptual ideas using photography as a form of contemporary art. We’re also learning to fine tune and hone our skills in image making and producing, as well as developing some really cool contemporary art projects. We’re even tinkering with cameras I’ve never held before – medium format cameras.
After a year away from the dark room, I felt a little nervous trying to get my film onto a reel in complete darkness. Using my faded memory to guide my hands, it was a little unnerving as I stumbled along in the first step of development.
After going through the process, my memory along with physical practice came back like the moment when I first learned to drive back in the States (after learning to drive on the left side of the road in Cyprus).
On a side note, last year I was utterly frustrated when 99% of my images came out virtually dark. I was thrilled to learn that my father’s 35mm film camera produced images 2 stops below the average film speed. Now armed with the knowledge about my equipment, I was able to produce a final product with ease.
We’re a smaller class in analogue, but we already quickly building relationships as we work on some pretty innovative photography projects that I’ll share in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can read an excellent book about contemporary art in photography by Charlotte Cotton.
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Oh, and it feels so good to be back in the darkroom.
How to Fine Tune a Black & White Photo Image
Learning the Physics of Light
Putting Composition Theory into Practice
Learning About Composition
Taking Intro to Analog (Film) Photography
American History of Photography, the Darkroom, and the Unintended Photogram
The Dreaded Self-Portrait
From my hometown to yours,