Week 5, FotoGeekery

My local community darkroom (http://photosynthesisct.com) has an annual photo show for its members. We started showing our images in early December and since there wasn’t another show at the gallery, we kept it up till late January.

Last year we had a member’s gathering to come pickup our pieces and discuss them. We did the same this year. Somehow I had to go first and yap about my photos. I had entered two Lith prints, a second-pass pith print and a ziatype. Rather than talk art-stuff, I just yammered on about the technique used to produce them. I am still learning my way around producing art or talking about how I approach my photos, but greatly enjoyed hearing other members talk about their photos and approach to art. It was really inspiring to bounce ideas off other members, hear their approach to the photos they selected to enter the show, and just talk photography with other people who enjoy photography, film or alternative processes.

The darkroom, gallery and owner’s work area are all housed in one of the out buildings of a former silk mill. It has a great industrial look to it. I took my Holga and Tri-X. I decided to develop in Rodinal 1+100, using a semi-stand processing. Gentle inversions at the start, 20 and 40 mins. I thought this compensating development would help flatten some of anticipated frame-to-frame contrast.

Gallery 136 1/2

Gallery 136 1/2

Handle and Notice

Handle and Notice

This above shot will probably be a good lith print candidate. I can already see some toning ideas to get very different results from different prints.

FotoGeekery

FotoGeekery

Darkroom

Darkroom

Really large format

Really large format

Talking Art

Talking Art

Ran when Parked

Ran when Parked

This last shot is of a Triumph TR6 parts car on my parent’s property.

My next week will likely be with my Vermeer pinhole, another 6×6 format. I hope to also get back into the darkroom and do some printing of some of my previous weeks’ shots.

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