June 1st, 2008

Fredcritter with camera

Old Photo

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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Fredcritter with camera

More Curiouser and Curiouser

I was very interested in the discussion many of you had about the manipulated photo in my post Curiouser and Curiouser even though I was unable at the time to join in the discussion. (As my regular readers know, my ability to wrangle written words … it comes and it goes.)

Iʼve now gone back and added my 2¢ to that discussion. In addition, Iʼm posting this image here for the benefit of those who opined that it would have been better if I hadnʼt cleared the effect layer from over the modelʼs face. Now that youʼve seen what it looked like before I removed it, itʼs not impossible that youʼll continue to hold that opinion, but I really didnʼt like it. So I removed it. I suppose instead of completely eliminating it I might have tried to reduce the effect over the face or come up with an alternative or something, but just removing it seemed like the best option to me at the time. Anyway, feel free to check out what Iʼve added to the discussion (or not—Iʼm not fussy). I expect Iʼll have more posts and more photos to offer in the near future.

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