The Latent Image RevisitedThursday, February 02, 2012
Edwin Land’s 3-year-old daughter felt when her dad snapped her picture and she asked why it was she could not instantly see it on the spot.
For many years I indeed used Polaroid with my Mamiya RB-67 to test my equipment, lighting or to make my subjects relax before putting “real” film into that Mamiya.
If anything I have never gotten away from the feeling of magic of knowing that images of the people I had photographed were hidden in that film and only awaited development to suddenly appear reversed and then would emerge as a positive from my developer tray in the darkroom.
Every time I purchase a bottle of Kodak HC-110 (my main b+w film developer) I wonder if it will be my last. I have film in my fridge, waiting, without even a latent image, for the day that I will find a suitable subject for the special results that I can get with Kodak b+w Infrared Film or Kodak Technical Pan in 120 format.
When Rosemary asked me to put our Christmas tree (I had put it on our front lawn on January 6) in the back for the city to pick it up I noticed that the shape of the tree was there in the still frozen ground. Without really knowing why, it made me sad to see what was left of our glorious and decorated tree with all those presents at its base. The impression on the ground was reminiscent of those left by the inhabitants of Pompeii after Vesuvius had vaporized their bodies. The impression on the ground seemed to be a reversed latent image - the image on the processed negative somewhat going backwards to an oblivion of a picture not taken.
Chimping and latency
Crazy borders and latency revisited