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Old Negs, p3

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These are a couple negatives that I was probably most excited to print once the darkroom was finished. On my monitor, the photos aren’t quite as… magical? I guess that’s part of the reason I built a darkroom in the first place. Photography is a printed medium.

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But part of the fun of these negatives is that they were taken with his (my father-in-law’s) old 4×5 speed graphic – his old crime scene camera. He gave it to me after I graduated, but it actually wasn’t in his possession shortly before that. He had to track it down and clean it up. One of his old partners’ kids had it sitting in a closet or something. It still works pretty well.

It was pretty cold when I took these. But he sat and just smiled and talked to me while I fumbled around with the dark slides and shutter release. I really just wanted to test out the large format for portraits, so we were both pretty relaxed the whole time. And I usually don’t feel at ease when doing portraits, really. I need to practice more. I keep saying that. It’s just that rocks and trees and such don’t have many expectations of you.

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When I’m showing prints to friends, these two photos are the ones they usually hang on the longest. I like to think it’s because it’s probably the first time he’s been in front of that particular lens.

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Written by ryanstufflebam

November 13, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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