Monday, June 25, 2012

Making prints

Bird scare, Ilford FP4 - Photography by Tim Irving

Tanker, Ilford FP4 - Photography by Tim Irving

Bird netting, Ilford FP4 - Photography by Tim Irving
I've spent half a day in the dark, developing film and making prints. I still get a kick from developing a print, placing the paper in the chemical tray and watching the image appear, it's quite magical. The process of making an image is very satisfying, I should do it more often. The finished print has an added value for me because of the time and care involved in making it. But for all the care in the world I've never managed to avoid the dreaded dust spots. I used to crave the perfect print and go to extraordinary lengths to avoid dust on the negatives, which when printed become white dots. I would run hot water in the darkroom until it was full of steam, in the belief the water vapour would weigh down the dust. Making prints in those conditions was like working in a rain forest and of course there was always one speck that avoided the steam and managed to get itself printed for posterity. Now I don't mind a few dust specks on my print, I quite like them in fact.

1 comment:

  1. How cool that you did your own developing and printing. I haven't been in a dark room since college, but it was for sure a satisfying process. You got good results, not only because of the nice quality of the prints (I'm still looking for the dust specks), but also in that they're examples of your artistic perception, your way of locating interest and beauty in the ordinary. The first photo is especially captivating, and yet I probably would have walked right by that scene without noticing. Good eye, Tim,



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