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. :)

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