I believe one’s life is defined by their passions. Mine are classic cars, alpine climbing and black and white photography, not necessarily in that order. The thread that binds these together is simplicity. A carburetor instead of electronic fuel injection, climbing uphill vs. driving or riding, and a black and white contact print instead of a jpeg.
I choose black and white as I find color distracting. The 8x10 format allows me to contact print and display an image that is the exact size as the piece of film it was recorded on. It’s big enough, but not too big to carry long distances. I carry a few lenses, a camera, some film holders, a light meter and a sturdy support. The print is made by placing the negative in direct contact with the paper and exposure is by a simple light source. Printing in a traditional darkroom eliminates life’s daily distractions so I can concentrate on subject matter which is anything that returns light to my film in a way that pleases me. It can be a literal representation or a distortion of reality depending on how I feel about what’s in front of my lens.
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