Recent (not-so)Random Project #3

This project stems directly from ideation and experimentation processes relating to an independent study project in photography. The rough concept, as it lies now, is about taking photography literally—that is, drawing with light; however, this is meant to be markedly different from the recent popularity of "light painting," which is photography featuring things that are intentionally "painted" into the photograph via a long exposure and light-emitting devices that leave a light trail. 

My interests that led to the concept are focused on light as a phenomenon—without which there could be no photography—and how light is introduced to and recorded by the camera, represented visually in the film and resulting negative, and then reincarnated onto photographic paper via the secondary light source of the enlarger. Thus, the original and recorded source of light needs the collaboration of the secondary and projecting light to be brought back to life in print form. 

This project, then, consists of experiments in recording and representing light; that is, I'm using my digital cameras to investigate methods that I will then use with analogue processes with the end result being a set of ten archival black and white prints on fiber-based paper. Below is a sampling of directions I am moving in with this study . . .

Recent Random Project #1

This is the first post for a new journal-specific project of mine—the Recent Random Project, Project. For this project I will design and shoot a random project, specifically for my Journal. These projects will not only be a continual stream of new material for the site, but they also will serve as an avenue for me to work with concepts, material, or techniques that I am currently interested in and thinking about. 

This first project is an exercise in in-camera, digital double exposures. Both of my digital cameras (a Fuji X-Pro1 and a Canon 6D) have a built in function to serve this purpose, though I have rarely ever made the time to utilize it. On a nighttime walk, recently, I decided to create compositions in double exposures from the various sights I passed that night. These are the resulting images. 

The very last one that I made was the only one that I decided to make in color, all the rest were shot originally in black and white—which is to say, they are not conversions and no color file exists. Please enjoy.