Fine, I’ll Make My Own !%#*@@ Film

by jorj

posted May 27, 2014

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When writing computer programs, there’s a tradition of having your first one say “Hello World.” So that’s the title of this shot, which is from my first roll of homemade 120 film. For years I’ve thought that I might some day be crazy enough to try making my own film. I’ve slowly amassed the materials […]

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Ice Storm 2014

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posted February 9, 2014

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Well, we had no power for three days, but the house is all powered back up finally. On Thursday, I took the opportunity to dodge downed trees on every third road and walk around the Curtis Arboretum. Of course, trees were still falling left right and center – one fell and blocked the driveway I […]

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What Daddy Wants

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posted December 25, 2013

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Merry Christmas!

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Caught in the Act, 2

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posted November 10, 2013

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Caught in the Act

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posted November 9, 2013

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Eric and Tziopra

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posted November 7, 2013

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Dry plate tintype

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posted October 21, 2013

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Over labor day weekend, I had a few photographers and alt-printers over for printfest 2013 – a chance for me to teach a little alt-photo, experiment a little, and for all of us to make some nice prints. Of course two of the participants had to bring large format gear, which I’ve been avoiding like […]

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The Colors of Cyanotype

by jorj

posted September 8, 2013

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Cyanotypes are one of the easiest alt process prints to make. Bought as a kit from just about anywhere, you get two bottles: part “A” and part “B”, which you mix in equal amounts before applying to paper. Dry; expose to light; wash in water. Kids play. I like to use cyanotype as the base […]

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Dust Dance

by jorj

posted August 9, 2013

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I’m slowly getting to my image backlog: this is Alexa, from Burning Man 2012.

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Carbon printing

by jorj

posted May 2, 2013

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Well, I finally gave in. I’ve avoided doing any carbon printing for years now. From everything I’ve ever read, Carbon Printing is a fickle beast. It likes a clean, orderly way of doing things. It likes things done slowly and methodically. It likes precision and perfection. It just doesn’t seem like a good fit for […]

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Art of the State 2013

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posted April 26, 2013

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Good news arrived in the mail – “Joe” will be showing at the State Museum of PA in Harrisburg from June 22nd through September 8th. This is their 46th annual juried exhibition; the second year I’ve submitted, and second year I’m showing. If you’re out that way, stop by; some of the other pieces at […]

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Inkodye

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posted April 13, 2013

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A year or two ago, I stumbled across a product called “Inkodye”. It’s a light-sensitive fabric dye system, which at the time was marketed in something like 12 or 14 different colors. I’ve been interested in trying it ever since, and finally got around to it; last week I ordered their current product line, which […]

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The Chiba System, Part 2

by jorj

posted April 7, 2013

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Following up on my earlier post on The Chiba System, results on that final print were mixed. From a distance it looks somewhat reasonable: … but once you get up close, you’ll see that something odd happened: It looks to me like each additional layer in this 7-layer print pulled the pigment below it in […]

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The Chiba System

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posted February 26, 2013

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I love making gum and casein prints. I don’t love that they both rely on dichromate (a form of hexavalent chromium) – a known carcinogen and a suspected mutagen. So I was very interested to read Halvor Bjørngård’s little-known 2007 paper, “The Chiba System 千葉方式: a non toxic alternative to the dichromate processes.” In it, […]

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2-part cyanotypes (Part I)

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posted January 29, 2013

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I enjoy printing cyanotypes: simple chemistry, simple reactions, nice deep blues, non-toxic, and the moment you drop it in water is dramatic. It’s very straightforward and difficult to do wrong – it just takes a long time to expose a print properly, and under-exposing leads to the bad sort of drama. Back in 2011, I […]

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“Vintage” DIY flash tray

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posted January 15, 2013

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A friend of mine, JJ Murphy, is an author. JJ held a book release party for a third book, and since the book is set in the 1920s, the party was themed the same. Of course, I was planning to shoot film. Having shot at JJ’s parties previously, I knew there would be low light; […]

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