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01 June 2008 @ 02:45 pm
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I recently rediscovered my “portfolio” (which is actually no more a portfolio than my card is a “business card”—itʼs actually an old Samsonite briefcase with three 100-sheet photo-paper boxes full of 8x10 prints I used to haul around with me and show to friends, acquaintances, potential models, and anybody else I could get to sit still long enough to look at it) in a corner behind some boxes. I decided it was about time I started scanning some of the prints Iʼd been toting with me all these years, so I did. This is one of the first of those scans.

It demonstrates the power and utility of using a film camera. You see, back then I stored my film in individual plasticine sleeves, each designed to hold one 6-frame strip of 35mm film. However, I had developed the habit of storing a whole roll of film in each rather than taking the more prudent option of the one-for-one approach. This was partly because the sleeves werenʼt cheap, and perhaps more because if I wanted a sufficient number of sleeves to individually hold all my negatives Iʼd have to get around to going to Century Camera to buy more and getting-around-to-it has never been one of my strong suits.

In any case, the only reason this image even exists is that one fine day I was sitting at the enlarger making some prints. I selected the sleeve these shots were in and slid the film out and—honest-to-G*d-I wouldnʼt-lie-about-this—the two strips of film containing the two shots from which this print was made came out of the sleeve together. I looked down and saw this image. I took the two strips of film, put them in the enlarger together, and made this print.

Lah dee dah, lah dee dah.

So here it is. Hope you like it.

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Haniahaniaw on June 1st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Wow - that is just beautiful.

I actually remember looking at contact sheets of your photos many years ago.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 2nd, 2008 03:20 am (UTC)

Ah. Thank you. Thank you. I think so too. I'm glad you like it.

Yes, I do recall that you did indeed sit still long enough to have me foist not only photos but also contact sheets upon you. You were very kind in those days. Still are, matteroffact…

maruad on June 2nd, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
That is great. Thanks for sharing it.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 2nd, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
Oooh. Very glad you like it. You're welcome—I always love to share, especially when it's so well appreciated.
maruad on June 2nd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
The more that I look it, the more I like it. Unfortunately I don't have the vocabulary to explain what it is that my eye sees. Things like composition and balance spring to mind. Serendipity's involvement makes it like the cosmos decided to give you a sweet surprise.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 10th, 2008 09:08 pm (UTC)
*blush* Thanks. It's very nice to know that you like it more with repeated viewings—shows it has "staying power" or something like that. I myself get a sort of mental "bounce back and forth" and "which belongs to which" sort of thing when I look at it. Fun, eh?
Chuckthatguychuck on June 2nd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Fantastic. Thanks for sharing the great work.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 2nd, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
"Fantastic"? "great work"? Gawrsh. Thanks a million. I'm really very pleased that you like it.
lakeboy_55 on June 2nd, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
That's amazing and wonderful serendipity, Fred, "rediscovering" your prints, and having the insight at the time recognise the beauty of the superimposed images. Thanks for sharing the image with us.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 2nd, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)

Well, the "rediscovery" wasn't such a big thing—it was bound to happen eventually. I mean, we may not be the best at getting around to it, but we eventually move the boxes around and sort some of them out and even throw some of the useless stuff away.

However, the amazing serendipity of the two negative strips sliding out together like that and that the images were located on the film such that when the negatives did slide out they were together and … heck, recognizing the beauty of the image was probably the easiest part of the whole event!

You're most welcome. I purely love to share my work, and I love it even more that so many of you amazing friends like looking at it. Works out quite tidily, actually.

dd-bdd_b on June 2nd, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
That's a very nice superimposition.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 2nd, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)

Thank you! It really shouldn't have an effect one way or the other, but my hind-brain especially likes the fact that it wasn't … hmmm … contrived. Forced. I mean, you know, it just happened, so I can't suspect myself of, oh I dunno, trying too hard or something. My forebrain says that's ridiculous—either it's a good image or it isn't. Having to hang upside-down by my knees from a tree branch for two hours to get a picture doesn't make it any more (or less) worthwhile than one that I just randomly snap off in an idle moment.

Anyway, glad you like it.

Feelings are what you make of themmrsmodew on June 2nd, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I would totally frame that and hang it on my wall. Wow! In fact, how does one go about getting a print made?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter with camerafredcritter on June 7th, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
Gosh! Thanks!

Thank You!!!!

Sorry it took so long to get back to you on your question. It is possible to order prints (and the usual photo "gift items") from ImageEvent, although their user interface for doing so isnʼt as nice as those at some other photo-posting sites. You just go to the album containing the photo youʼre interested in (in this case, http://ImageEvent.com/fredcritter/oldportfolio/group1), click on the numbered box under the image you want a print of, and then click on the "Order Prints & Products") button near the top of the page:

This will take you to the ordering window, where youʼll want to click on "Select Products":

The "Order Form" pop-up will come up, with drop-downs which allow you to choose both "Category" (since you mentioned "hanging it on the wall" I selected "Large Format Prints" there) and "Product" (as shown below):

Choose the size you want and click on "Add Item":

Finally youʼll want to click on "Selected" and choose "Fit All". And Then click on "Proceed With Order" and proceed as directed.

If I remember correctly, theyʼll e-mail me to ensure that you have my permission and then make and mail the print.

Mary Doffing7ivy7 on June 8th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Old Photo
There are probably a thousand words for this, but thanks to your photo, words are not only redundant but not a pro po. It's beautiful!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 10th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Old Photo
Thank you ever so much. I'm very glad you enjoy it!