Without question, Fall has arrived in the Upper Peninsula. Maples are starting to change color, it is going down to the low 40's in the evening (time to pull the window air conditioner in my bedroom till next July), the Sunflowers and Aster are in full bloom, and the apples in the many abandoned orchards across the countryside are falling in large numbers, dotting the earth underneath the parent trees with shades of green to red. Plenty of natural food for both deer and bear this year. My first tube development of two 5x7 Ilford FP4 Plus negatives was without issue. The negatives were a touch on the dense side, so further experimentation in expsosure and development will be necessary to produce negatives that are just shy of being thin. I need to save for a Pentax digital spot meter like l used to own for years, as the Gossen Pilot 2 is just not meant for the accuracy required in Zone system work, where the one degree view of the Pentax gives you the opportunity to select the tiniest spot on which to base your zone system exposure. Looks like due to the mass public diaspora to digital, used ones have come down in price from $500 to $250-300 on Ebay. The Gossen will have to do in the meantime and for the Isolette, works just fine.
“Trauma and pain are the foundations of art. I believe that. When tragedy strikes, however, a muralist or a watercolorist has the opportunity to be a human being in the moment and an artist afterward. Faced with the death of a loved one, a sculptor or portraitist can first grieve, suffer, and heal--then create. Most artists go through life this way. They can react normally to the trials and tribulations of the human experience. They can pass through the world with compassion and comradeship. They can make their art later. Outside, elsewhere, beyond. But photography is immediate. It does not offer the luxury of time. Faced with blood, death, or transformation, a photographer has no choice but to reach for the camera. An artist first, a human being afterward. Photography is a neutral record of all events, a chronicle of things both sublime and terrible. By necessity, this work is made without emotion, without connection, without love.”
― Abby Geni, The Lightkeepers