Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Today in my photography seminar, we made photograms.

Other classes delve more into film, film developing and printing, but this is the only assignment for this class that involves darkroom work. It's been 30-some years since I was in a darkroom, but it was instantly familiar. The only thing that was different, I think, was that they use yellow lights, not the red lights I remember from high school and post-college employment at weekly newspapers.

Another student and I went halfsies on a box of photo paper — 12 or 15 sheets each. I used 5 or 6 today. I may go back later this quarter, or next quarter when I have some free time, to use up the rest of it.

Here are the two best images I created today. The first one features a couple of necklaces and several pairs of earrings with interesting silhouettes. The second one includes the pearl necklace, one pair of earrings, and some lace. The lace created an interesting effect where it was layered on itself. It’s mostly gray, but where it’s more opaque and shows up as white, it has a “glow-y” look.

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