“You have my whole heart. You always did.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road
If was forced to pick only one image (non-portrait) that was perhaps the most iconic in my 40 plus year portfolio, it would be this image. It was made in a friend’s yard who was rehabbing an old victorian house in the later 90’s, with my second Hasselblad 501CM and the 80mm Planar CB. Shot on Kodak TMAX100, which is known for high resolution (used exclusively by John Sexton) and developed in Kodak TMAX developer. Over the years this film and developer combination fell out of favor with me due to the pink tint left on the negatives. Might be worth another visit with using Rodinal 1:50, which maximizes sharpness. Man I love film…..For the six years I went digital, I found that I was spending inordinate effort in Photoshop to make digital images from the Canon 5D Mark II and various L series lenses appear to be shot on film. One day, I woke up and said, “what the fuck am I doing?” , and returned to my mainstay (of course at great expense to replace both medium and large format film cameras and darkroom equipment). Lesson learned the hard way. Quicky snaps with the Iphone 7+ are the limit of my digital efforts, and my fine art work has that wonderful emulsive glow again….. A firewood delivery in the morning and then a return to the shores of Lake Superior between the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness and Ontonagon with the Hasselblad and Harman Titan 4x5 Pinhole. Always many oddities at the Big Lake.