Please bear with me as I work through a year’s backlog of negatives.
Last summer I acquired a bunch, and I mean A BUNCH, of old Agfa Brovira paper. I was hoping to use it for lith processing. Last night I finally got in the darkroom and was not disappointed.
This week I’m going into the darkroom for the first time in a year. As much as I am looking forward to printing silver gelatin, I’m glad I spent the time off doing cyanotypes.
Bergger has started selling Print Film, a blue sensitivee sheet film for doing duplication work in the darkroom AND, of course, as an alternate camera film. I bought a pack of 4X5 sheets as soon as I learned about.
I took the Graflex Crown Graphic down to FDR Park this weekend for a test run.
I developed these in a tray for 4 minutes using HC110 dilution A at room temperature, which I conveniently forgot to measure. The data sheet on this says to use any developer with the time of development affecting the amount of contrast. I went for the low-end of the time suggestions.
I needed a break from all this uptight pushing and shoving. So I brewed some tea.
More experimentation with cyanotypes and toning in coffee. These are all old negatives.
I haven’t worked much with cyanotypes because I don’t really care for blue prints. But with Covid keeping me out of the darkroom and all the ingredients sitting in my studio, it made sense to try.
A little research made it clear that toning gave me more options than just blue. Here are the results so far. look for more as I work through the process.
The black: coffee
The gold: tea
Shamokin is a coal town in central PA. It seems to have been hit hard by the loss of coal and industry jobs and the opioid crisis. The population is about 7,000 now, down from a peak of 50,000 in the 50s.
Shamokin has an interesting labor history, including the Shamokin Uprising of 1877.
I only spent a few hours there—barely enough to scratch the surface.
Our friend Eric came over for Brunch on Sunday so I broke out the Crown Graphic and Harman Direct Positive paper for some coffee goodness. I’m very pleased with results of this session.
Christine and Marc came over yesterday to watch the World Cup final. I took the opportunity to get some portraits.
They’re a very photogenic family.