“To go in search of what once was is to postpone the difficulty of living with what is.” Barry Lopez, Horizon.
I will be finishing reading Horizon, by Barry Lopez within the week-a book that has required a number of months to fully digest, due to both the complexity of the subject matter, and the writing style of the author, whose mastery of our lexicon requires each sentence be slowly devoured like a bite of prime rib. Lopez is famous as a distinguished travel writer, humanist, and a scholar with deep interests in cultural anthropology and environmental science. I have just ordered one of his other classics, Of Wolves and Men, as the Grey Wolf has created much angst here in the Western Upper Peninsula, since its re-introduction by the DNR some decades back (following geographical extinction here due to hunting and trapping). I still have a keen vision of the wolf that ran in front of our Jeep on M-28 those years back, as well as the other four I have had the honor of catching a glimpse of, the last of which was next to my property here at Rauhallinen Farm.
Looking forward to doing some local architectural photography of abandoned farm buildings this weekend, using the Wista 45SP view camera and Rodenstock 210 Sironar N with Fomapan 100 (I4x5) sheet film developed in Rodinal 1:50. Fomapan in Rodinal is incredibly sharp, but also quite contrasty, such that an keep eye needs to be kept on agitation so as not to increase density. I find one tip of the developing tank every minute is more than adequate.