So I've nothing to report, really. Well, ok, I've been reading books and thinking, so suppose that's not nothing. Wasn't it that Aristotle dude who commented that the beauty of thinking is that it can be done without moving? Someone like that once said something like that, I'm sure. Anyway, I mentioned the Andrew Sanderson book the other day. It was part of a job lot I acquired through a FADU friend. The other books were the Kodak Book of Large Format Photography and a Bruce Barnbaum book, "The Art of Photography". The latter is a big book (340-odd pages) and Mr Barnbaum, like Mr Sanderson, knows his onions. Oh yes. There are quite a few images which made me wonder why I even bother lifting a camera to my eye let alone try to get something out of it onto paper.
|Another oldie you may have seen before, although this time it's prnted on Kentmere paper, via WT-10 developer, with a sepia wash. Prague, 1938, courtesy of The Uncle. Not bad for a near 80-year-old neg.|
One chapter of Barnbaum's book has particular relevance to my current debate with myself vis-a-vis the search for the perfect negative. Chapter 13 (it would be - the number 13 has always been big in my life) is titled 'Exploding Photographic Myths' and is, my friends, a worthwhile read should you ever come across this book in your local lending library. Mr Barnbaum takes on issues relating to composition, light, exposure, developing, contact sheets and a bit more. Loosely, his views can be summed up as 'Ignore the rules' while at the same time he gives simple, no-nonsense, practical advice about what should be done. Perfect.