|Bath Christmas Markets, 2017. Pentax ME Super, HP5+, Adox paper. Toned in old-ish sepia and then even older selenium.|
I was actually fair-to-middlin' happy with this one. Makes a change. I don't have much of a strategy these days, other than snap on and print on and hopefully have a little fun on the way. Maybe that's the best strategy anyways.
It's a little over a year since I made the decision to only show scans of darkroom prints on this place. It's gone better than I expected. As you might have noticed, I've kind of settled into a Monday/Wednesday/Friday posting routine. Yes there are times when the tail (this place) starts to wag the dog (me) but sometimes it's good having a bit of a push to actually get on and produce something...anything. Yes on occasion I do feel myself 'knocking one or two out' just for the sake of the blog, but when I have time and if I think the negative warrants it I like to experiment a bit and see what gives in the darkroom. That usually involves making a series of prints - ideally each one better than the last but as we know it doesn't always work that way. I'm still drawn to lith in a big way. And I'm drawn more and more to toning. I tend to tone pretty much every print nowadays and while up to now I've used off-the-shelf toning kits (mostly from Fotospeed) I've just bought myself a bunch of raw chemicals to get really down and dirty. Actually, I can't wait to see how that goes.