002 – consistency

“Dogs run in circles to deal with their anxiety.”

A person who is uncommonly dear to me described me as eloquently running circles in my own head and getting lost in there. 

Accurate. 
But doesn’t it serve at least something?

C o n s i s t e n c y
Not knowing what I was going to write, I started this post with its title. I thought about updating you on yesterday’s darkroom session (continuing with the production of Dark Chlorophyll), without a connection to our title – allegedly.

 

After photographing my first Fuji Pro 400H (which may be my new favorite color film), I finally printed the images during a slow, but beautiful darkroom session yesterday.
Some technical thoughts on consistency’s relevance for progress in analog photography:

  • Photograph with a purpose. Always. A photograph does not enhance the actual experience.
  • Write down technical notes for every single photograph you take so you can progress and form your own vision, rather than just rely on metering.
  • Work with similar exposures on one roll of film (it’s harder to do this for me with 35mm film because 24-36 images are a lot to photograph. it’s easier with medium format depending on the type of photographer you are) for a more successful, less tedious darkroom workflow.
  • Make a contact sheet for each and every roll of film. Create a structure for your archive. 
  • Print each image from the roll before evaluating – don’t aim for the perfect print at first. By using the contact sheet as a reference guide, it’s easier to get to decent colors and exposure with the very first print. 
  • End your session and look at the prints the next day. Then focus on those you want to finalize.