Friday evening and I just finished watching the documentary, "The B-Side" on netflix, about the famous Polaroid 20x24 portrait photographer, Elsa Dorfman. She is now 81 and still working. She was very close to poet, Alan Ginsberg, whom she also photographed with the 20x24 monster. Check out the film for an enjoyable story-she is a lot of fun. She has her own website at www.elsadorfman.com.
I have not been behind the lens for more than a week and will remedy that on Saturday and Sunday, following a dance with the lawn tractor and weedeater on two acres. Time to jump in the RAV4 with Benny, a Rolleiflex and the Harman Titan 4x5 Pinhole and hit the road, 'crusin for snaps." as we used to do. No place in particular in mind.
I finally got around to ordering, The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, by James Christoper-the bible of alternative processes in analogue photography. There are a number historical processes that have had a rebirth in the past 20 years, including wet plate collodion and platinum/palladium printing. For a chance to see wet plate collodion fine art being made, view Sally Mann's documentary, "What Remains." When you look at Mathew Brady's wet plate collodion work with Lincoln and on the battlefield during the Civil War, the large format images are quite mesmerizing.
Have a good weekend....
I had great trouble in making a natural picture. When I got him before the camera I asked if I might arrange his collar, and with that he began to pull it up. “Ah,” said Lincoln, “I see you want to shorten my neck.” “That’s just it,” I answered, and we both laughed. Matthew Brady