In this new video today, Tim Jr. and I beat the 100+ degree heat and created a new 8x20 ultra large format paper negative inside the darkroom.
We have been experiencing an extreme heat wave, much like many other parts of the world so far this summer. This excessive heat has hindered our ability to get out with our big ULF cameras.
We decided to take matters into our own hands today and found some old vintage cameras that were laying around the darkroom.
We created a composition and decided we wanted to use a paper negative today. We decided to use Ilford MGIV RC Glossy paper rated at EI 1. We have tested this paper as a negative medium extensively and determined that it is EI 1.
We used Ilford Multigrade diluted to 1:30 and developed by inspection. The developer was followed by a quick acidic stop bath and a neutral fixer and a final wash.
Watch the video below as we share our process with you. In the next episode, we create the contact print and share all of those details with you.
As you may already know, paper negatives, meaning silver gelatin darkroom papers, can be a good choice for many ULF photographers. I have a playlist dedicated to paper negatives on my YouTube channel that you can check out and maybe find some inspiration.
MY FOUR PILLARS THAT DRIVE EVERYTHING I DO
These core principles run like a ribbon through my artwork from beginning to end.
TRUTH: I see truth as a primary objective when I create a new body of work. Truth is the one thing that stands the test of time; without it, we have nothing or no purpose. I seek the truth about wild horses in America and tell their story through my handmade artwork.
JUSTICE: There are many injustices in the world. I am drawn like a moth to a flame to tell the stories of wild horses because they have no voice and are under relentless attacks in the 21st century. Wild horses in America are in the fight of their life, and without help, they will quickly become something future generations only read about in history books.
DIFFERENCE: I sincerely want to help make a difference for wild horses and fight for their right to live wild and free. I have been forever changed because of wild horses. I am on a mission to raise awareness about their current issues and challenges, so people can come together and find lasting and reasonable solutions to the current crisis.
IDENTITY: When I got my first camera in 1975, everything changed because I realized that I had a voice that was much bigger than myself, and I could inspire and motivate people to make a difference in the world. I have always been drawn to the awe of nature and wildlife, and when I started following wild horses regularly in 2015, my eyes were opened, and I realized I was where I needed to be, and they needed my help. My path forward is clear and filled with purpose and joy.