Whence They Came?Thursday, April 18, 2013
scanned Kodak b+w Infrared neg
In 2004 I had a lovely Polish student at Focalpoint. As soon as she finished the course I was teaching she enquired if I would photograph her. I thought about it and decided that since she was over 20 and no longer my student or attending Focal Point this was Kosher.
Roksana is as close as I have ever approached to taking pictures of someone I would call a “James Bond Girl” type of woman. To boot not only was she heavenly beautiful (an adorable pair of legs and a bum to follow over a cliff) she was also smart and a banker in London.
Just yesterday I tried something which was inspired by a long and wonderful sunny day working in the garden. I was tired and it was still light for me to sit by my monitor while I gazed at the back garden. The presence of my Epson V-700 scanner to my left jarred me into the experiment. The contact sheet to the negatives (I have darkened it for propriety) had deteriorated into a sepia as perhaps I had not washed the contact sheet (that awful but easy Ilford Multigrade paper that was impossible to wash well). I scanned a few and then enlarged them to 4 inches long at 300 dpi. I was amazed on how beautiful they are. I am now wondering if I should include (as giclées made by Grant Simmons at DISC) a few of these for my show, May 4 at the Duthie Gallery. What might you who are reading think of the idea?