January 2018 - Paper Negatives Month at Darkroom Underground
In 2018, I thought it would be fun to get the darkroom and large format community involved in sharing our passion and love of classic analog photography. I will be sharing themes during 2018 for you to consider and create some new photographs. I will be announcing all of this via my Free Darkroom Photography Newsletter.
The winner will be published in the next edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine and receive a free package of 25 count 8x10/8.5x11 Hahnemühle Fine Art paper!
Share this announcement with your darkroom and large format friends so they can get involved too.
The print in this article is my best-selling print of all time and it was created with a paper negative (Ilford MGIV Grade # 2) and a yellow filter on my 8x10 large format camera.
January will be paper negatives month.
If you are not familiar with using darkroom paper as a negative medium, you are missing out on a lot of creative opportunities. My Exploring Paper Negatives with Large Format Video Workshop is one of my most popular courses, and for good reason. Paper negatives can open up some new opportunities whether you are completely analog in your entire process, or if you use a hybrid approach and capture with the paper negative and print via inkjet.
Submit your newly created paper negative photographs to the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group and include the hashtag #JAN18PAPERNEG. If you are not already a member, just request access and I will get you approved.
The photograph must be something new that you created during the months of December 2017 through January 31, 2018. The idea behind the monthly themes during 2018 is to get you to try new things and to create something new. I find it very inspirational to see the work of my peers and it opens up new creative possibilities that I otherwise would have probably never considered.
You can use any format (120, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, etc.). The only requirement is that you use darkroom paper as your negative medium.
You can make a traditional wet darkroom print from your paper negative, or you can scan it and create a digital file for making a digital print.
I will select a winning photograph from the photos submitted to the Facebook Group and announce the winner in February. The winning photograph will be published in the next edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine and you will also receive a free 25-count 8x10/8.5x11 package of Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper. You get to choose the paper that you want!
I am working on some new still life and I plan to make a large format silver gelatin contact print and also scan one of the negatives to make an inkjet print on some new Hahnemühle Photo Rag Paper. I am excited to try this paper and see how it compares to my traditional platinum prints on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag Paper.
I will be sharing my two prints in the January 2018 edition of the Darkroom Underground Magazine. The January edition will be available on January 1st. If you are not already a subscriber to my Free Darkroom Photography Newsletter, you can subscribe today and get a notice when the magazine is published.
You can scan or photograph your print and post it along with the following information to the Darkroom Underground Group.
TEMPLATE FOR POSTING YOUR PHOTO
Darkroom Paper: <enter the darkroom paper you used as your negative>
Format: <4x5, 8x10, 120, etc>
Print Type: <Silver Gelatin, Inkjet, etc.>
Print Paper: <Ilford MGIV, Hahnemühle Photo Rag, etc.>
I look forward to seeing your new prints posted on the Darkroom Underground Facebook Group.
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