New Year, Old Methods {black and white film toy cameras}

I have always been interested in historical methods of photography...cut my teeth on black and white film, large format ( those big old wooden cameras with the bellows} and a lot of dark room work.

The last 10 years have been consumed with digital imagery...learning it, perfecting the methods, photoshop, light room all that. but funny, it was always with the aim to have the images replicate the old world charm of film

So I started shooting with a retro fitted antique Polaroid, and now cheap toy cameras from China called Holga cameras. These  use a plastic lens, leak lots of light in strange and sometimes lovely ways and utilize 2 and 1/4 film.Nice. I now have a Holga pano...really the bomb, two frames of medium format film together to make a negative  2 1/4 by 4 1/2. fantastic!

Years back I was experimenting with large plates of glass, coating them with emulsion and printing. I made three beautiful panels of a forest.The process required carefully melting gelatin into silver nitrite, in almost total darkness carefully pouring onto glass surface so there would be no streaks, bubbles or other imperfections. then letting this dry for 24 hours before exposing the image.Test strips of glass were made to make sure we had the correct exposure times. It was a huge process, messy as hell, and amazing. My darkroom was stained everywhere with exposed emulsion that splashed onto the floor and walls. My clothes were headed to the trash bin.

I installed these into what was to be a room divide made of birch and carefully placed it by the window of my studio.Hot day, that one.Turned on my AC.

ARGH! I began to hear a tinkling only to see the emulsion falling to the floor.

Well all these years later I am going to revisit alternative process photography.Maybe some will even make it's way into a gallery of wedding photographs.

Holga Pano , kodak Portra film Iso 400 Exhibition Fiber paper  22x9

Holga Pano , kodak Portra film Iso 400 Exhibition Fiber paper  22x9

Holga Pano Tivoli Bays Exhibition Fiber print 22x9  Kodak Portra film iso 400

Holga Pano Tivoli Bays Exhibition Fiber print 22x9  Kodak Portra film iso 400