This photograph, and the whole roll of 12 for that matter, were the result of a complete screw up in paying attention. I reached into the front pouch of my Tamrac Backpack and pulled out what at first glance, appeared to be a roll of 400 Tri X Pan. When later this evening I finished souping the roll in my normal developer for Tri-X, HC-110, I was quite taken aback to remove what looked like color negative film from the development tank. It was indeed a roll of Kodak Portra 160 that somehow made salvageable images, even thought developed in black and white chemistry. Of course, a tad of Photoshop wizardry was required to capture the right tonality. I broke my first and foremost rule in making art…..PAY ATTENTION. Fortunately the entire roll was shot in my neighborhood and all within walking distance. It would have been much more concerning if I were traveling and working in a place that would not be readily available to do a retake.
“Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.”
― Salvador Dali
Joni Mitchell performing at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, the year I started college at Western Michigan University-The British version of Woodstock. She was absolutely beautiful with a voice to match.