A Reversal Of Fortune - A New BeginningSunday, March 27, 2016
Yesterday using a possibly extinct photographic apparatus called a changing bag I successfully fed two Unicolour reels with two rolls of Kodak T-Max 100 film of some of my recent photographic sessions. Today, Easter Sunday I might plunge into processing those two rolls in the upstairs guest bathroom.
Processing b+w film in our new Kitsilano home has brought with it a hope that my wet darkroom photographic career still has some surprises even though I can no longer print my b+w negs.
I was most depressed when on the last days of staying in our old home (the one with the darkroom) the basement flooded and I had to cease all my darkroom printing activities.
I worked around the clock until the flooding printing my b+w negatives on expired 16x20 photograpic paper (both Agfa and Illford) plus printing those same negatives on lith film (Kodalith). I processed this lith film as continuous tone (much like prints but now as b+w transparencies). For years I have been placing these liths onto silver backed cardboard and producing what I call pseudo-Daguerreotypes.
Because I am having a joint show in the summer with friend Alan Jacques at Peppa Martin’s Truth & Beauty Gallery I wanted all my pictures to be these silver liths.
Friend and photographer Hans Sipma came to rescue telling me that a product called Pictorico would make b+w (and colour!) transparencies that almost matched the look of my liths. I have been able to successfully print some with the help of my son-in-law Bruce Stewart who installed my new Canon Pro-1 inkjet printer which I bought at Leo’sCamera with the able assistance of Jeff Gin.
This all means that my new photographic efforts will display something which to me is cutting-edge-not-resting-on-my-former-photographic-laurels.
I pride that my results are not manipulated in what is now standard procedure in the21st century. The picture you see here of my very good former subject (alas she now lives in Spain) is the result of the following:
1. I scanned the 6x7cm b+w negative in my Epson Perfection V700 Photo scanner.
2. After scanning I reversed the positive back to a negative in Photoshop. My Photoshop is 13 years old.
3. Then abusing the scan in Photoshop (with multiple times) the Shadow/Highlight tool the result is as here. The green intrusion is standard with the wonderful abuse.
Of course this final result, since it is a digital file can only be printed with my Canon and would not fly in my standard wet and former darkroom.