Category: darkroom

Massively Under Exposed

This is what happens when you massively under expose your film. These images were from a roll of Ilford Delta 400 film that I pushed to 800 ISO and then developed properly for the push processing.  However, something else had gone wrong when making the exposures.  Either the battery in my old Mamiya RZ67 had died and fallen back to a default shutter speed of 1/250 sec (likely).  Or I had metered the shot and didn’t adjust the shutter speed (also likely).  But in any event, the negatives were very thin, to say the least, just a hint of an image there.  But as a testament to the strength of latitude that can be captured by film, I scanned them anyway and got, what I consider to be very compelling images.  Full of grain, character and emotion.  I hope you like them as much as I do.


Zoe - Under Exposed 1

Zoe – Under Exposed 1

Zoe - Under Exposed 2

Zoe – Under Exposed 2

Zoe - Under Exposed 3

Zoe – Under Exposed 3

Zoe - Under Exposed 4

Zoe – Under Exposed 4

model: zoe cw
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so, i had a minor accident in the darkroom. my setup is mostly a board across my washer/dryer in the basement. it works well, but i still have to do laundry. so, one day after making some prints, i left the tray of developer out just because i’m lazy and tired after i’m done. when i came back, i think the spin cycle caused one of the boxes of undeveloped film to fall into the print developer. i had to scramble a bit to figure out what to do to save the negatives and some were already developed. the others were damp and i thought they might be ruined. so, i just tossed them in the print developer for 10 mins and thought i’d see what comes of them. there was a good possibility that they were already ruined. towards the end of the 10 mins of development, i decided to solarize the negatives (turn on the lights for the briefest second) just to see what might happen. the results were mixed, but i liked this one a lot.

Ilford HP5+ developed in Ilford Universal Developer for 10 mins, solarized, fixed and washed. scan of the 4×5 negative.

model: floofie

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Figure, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Katlyn Lacoste - Figure, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Katlyn Lacoste – Figure, Fort Lauderdale, FL

model: Katlyn Lacoste

scan of an original salt print which is contacted printed from the 4×5 negative

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with water from leaves

brooke - with water from leaves

brooke – with water from leaves

at the edge of the Delaware River.

model: brooke lynne
exposure onto 4×5 inch direct positive paper, scan of the print.

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Katlyn - Marginal

Katlyn – Marginal

Fort Lauderdale, FL

scan of Ilford HP5+ 4×5 negative

model: Katlyn Lacoste

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bureau of future crime

Direct to Positive

Direct Positive No.1

Direct Positive No.1

Direct Positive No.2

Direct Positive No.2

Direct Positive No.3

Direct Positive No.3

Direct Positive No.4

Direct Positive No.4

a while back i bought a bunch of Ilford Direct Positive paper. This is photo paper that you can load into a large format camera and shoot just like film, however when you process it, you do so in traditional black and white paper chemistry and the result is a positive image instead of a negative image. this was the first time i’d used it with a live model and at first i wasn’t terribly impressed with the results. the photos looked horribly underexposed. but after looking at them again, i see them as simply low-key and actually find them quite compelling. i hope you do too.

scans of the ilford direct positive prints, processed in ilford PQ developer, selenium toned

model: Meghan Claire

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Leave Me Something

Lili Adonia - Leave Me Something

Lili Adonia – Leave Me Something

natural light coming in through the double doors on my balcony. maybe i should make some prints of this over the weekend.

scan of a 6×7 negative from 2010
ilford delta 400

model: Lili Adonia

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Beau Soleil

beautiful sun, which for me means its intensity is somewhat muted behind a thin veil of clouds. the magic combination that gives us life and a reason to celebrate all we enjoy on gods’ green earth.

scan from a polaroid type-55 negative.

model: Brooke Lynne

Brooke Lynn - Beau Soleil

Brooke Lynn - Beau Soleil

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no unauthorized use
like all of my work here, this is not to be used as stock without explicit permission.

Holding Back

well, sometimes in your life amazing things happen and you just have to cherish the moment.  a good friend and fellow photographer, Olaf stopped by a couple weeks ago after i bugged him about some 4×5 film holders he was going to give me.  in addition to the film holders, he dropped off a shit-ton of film.  and included in the lot were two boxes of Polaroid Type 55.

really? T-55?  it’s kinda legendary film.  and he just gave it to me.  he just wants a print sometime in exchange.

i’ve already used about 8 frames of it and i’m feeling a weight that i’ve never felt in photography before.  what good can come from this, what truly stunning images can i create?  herein lies the challenge.  and the first that i feel has some heft.  enjoy.

Model: Mikaela
Scan of the Type 55 Negative
Natural light from my open garage door.


Mikaela - Not Holding Back

Mikaela - Not Holding Back

The WE Project

Connexions Gallery in Easton, PA is doing a unique experiment in collaborative artwork.  Each artist starts with a 10×10 inch wood panel and creates a bit of artwork on it.  Next weekend, we turn in our creations and summarily receive someone else’s piece to which we embellish.  Likewise someone will receive my piece and add to it.  This happens through three iterations and at the end, all of the panels are hung in their gallery.

Originally, I thought I might be able to apply cyanotype directly to the board, possibly treated with gesso, but it looked like that wouldn’t work.  So, I switched to bamboo paper.  And I got such beautiful results (I really think I might be falling in love with Cyanotype).  Here is a scan of a proof print, though the final print will be a bit different than this, graphically speaking.

For now, enjoy the sneak peak.

Bank Room Cyanotype - Artist's Proof

Bank Room Cyanotype - Artist's Proof