Having an extensive archive of negatives is a treat when making new ones isn't easy or even possible. On a dreary and unpromising day, time in the darkroom or on the computer scanning some that haven't received much attention is a pleasure. Some negatives may percolate for years until, when seeing them again, there is renewed enthusiasm for what prompted me to make them in the first place. This is one of those lost children that is now back in the family. Abstract to the point that I've lost the memory of its original orientation, I've chosen to make it vertical. Horizontal, though, wouldn't be wrong either.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
This photograph was made during August of 2008 at Marineland beach in northern Florida. The negative is rather thin, and I never bothered to print it. I did scan it, however, and fussed with it in PhotoShop until it looked as it does here. Yesterday, I decided to give it a chance in the darkroom, and to my surprise, it printed rather easily with a grade 5 filter that offers the most contrast that is available with the paper and enlarger...it's referred to as a "hard" filter. The print is darker and richer than this scan, but, nonetheless, I'm really glad it now exists beyond the virtual.