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This blog will contain information and news pertaining to The Lab Works and the community around us.
Through this blog we hope to open a dialogue among our photographic community at large. We wish to facilitate discussions where information and ideas are shared in order to lend a broader perspective to the wonderful world of photography.
In the spirit of Beautifully Photographic, we were particularly inspired by this piece of old film. Our client was uncertain of the film’s vintage but he suspected it’s from the dark ages of the early 90′s. The film in the canister got wet at some point in it’s life and was rusted. Before processing, we had to submerge the roll in water and gently ease it apart. We processed the negative film and found the results to be stunning! Scanning of the negative film was the next step. Inspired by the organic nature of the melted look of the emulsion, the decision to layer safari animals seemed supreme. I love how digital and traditional come together to create a universe of possibility.

Processed colour negative film which was scanned


The results of scanned film, layered with images taken on an African safari


Your homework:

Think beyond what you know is possible. Can you replicate this look? Expose some film, soak the canister, leave it in the sun to bake while skiing for the day and let us process your alchemical undertaking.

On your journey, take a look at http://www.alisonrossiter.com/lament–expired-papers

Alison Rossiter has worked with the materials and processes of light sensitive, gelatin silver based materials since 1970. Essential to her work are traditional methods and experimentation. We can’t help but be captivated by her darkroom processes as her work embodies process. “Her photographs are, in the root sense of the word, against time. They are the measure of a distant past, an intimation of lost time. …she not only resists time but breathes new life into it. Out of her darkroom manipulations and accidents, incomparable light floats to the surface” (Border Crossings 119.3.30 (2011):70. Print.)

Alison wants the beauty of her work to “seduce people who know nothing about photography”.

Be inspired!