Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ahhh photograms.

So one week, when I had some down time in the lab, not only did I have one of those life altering moments of beauty, I got to do something new creatively. I tried making some photograms. And let me be the first so say... they are amazing! I totally adore them. Or rather, the idea of the photogram itself. Mine are cool too, though. 

I really like the sunglasses in this one. I think they are amazing looking. The way they are graded I mean, how cool is that?

And the one above is really just... all my jewelry. I mean I have more, but that's everything I wore that day, except that circle with the multiple chains. That I brought in case I decided to do this, which i did! I wish it was bigger, the pearls have the same effect as the sunglasses. Oh, well. 

Oh, and I have one more of these and will probably make more, so I'll save it. Till next time...

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Random, but I'm pleased.

So now that I've posted things that should have been posted a long time ago.. on to bigger and better things. 

Turns out, it was a phase. I actually do have some semblance of talent. Maybe my first time developing film wasn't perfect but, my second.... was. Totally perfect. I mean my film... i developed it perfectly. No splotches or anything. It's beautiful. Th
e pictures aren't so exciting but whatever, the assignment was boring. The next will be the same... 

Look over here. See the splotches? They're gross. At the top. It's a place on the negative where I didn't develop it properly- I put it on the reel wrong and as a result, the developer couldn't reach the film and it didn't develop. Aside from that... nearly all the photos are so over-exposed I can't get a decent print- could be because of the photo taking, but most likely, it's because I also didn't develop long enough. Anyway. When I developed this, I was visibly upset. I felt like a failure, I couldn't do this one thing, and it's one of the most important aspects of photography. It got me down for over a week. Then I realized a few things. 
1. Everyone in my class screwed up their first film. As it happened, I even screwed it up less, so that was kind of nice. 
2. Contrary to popular belief, (with me anyway) I don't have to be totally perfect at everything I do. 
3. Developing my own film? Not so important. I can just as easily have it processed. Sure, I have more control if I do it, but it's not necessary.

That being said, you should know what happened this past time, my second film developing endeavor.  Well okay, i already gave it away. It was flawless. Good enough to make prints from... even a contact sheet!! Here, revel in it's amazingness. :)