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Build a Portable Film Drying Cabinet

Published on October 14th, 2017

Commercial film drying cabinets can be expensive and not entirely fit for my purpose. Therefore, my previous portable film drying cabinet was a basic fence wire frame covered by a PVC garment bag. While the cabinet cost less than $10 to construct it was a crude solution, unstable at rest and difficult to transit through this house without piercing the cover.

The New Cabinet is a Frankenstein

The time finally came when I needed to build something just as portable but a lot more robust and serviceable than the first one. It’s a Frankenstein, but it’s effective. It’s ugly, but it works.

To understand the constraints I have in this large old house you need to understand that I process film in a bathroom on the below ground floor. The cabinet can’t be left down there and we have cats. So I have to carry the film drying cabinet up a tight set of stairs, through a bedroom, along a hallway, through a split level kitchen, past another toilet bathroom area, into the back of a laundry and up another even tighter and steeper set of stairs that turn a 90 degree corner up into my work space in the roof. A height constraint means 1600 millimetres is my approximate limit.

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The Photographer’s Lexicon

Published on September 22nd, 2017

I like the way this is explained, but I can’t remember who explained it in these words – a photograph is the sum of all the movies you ever watched, all the music you ever enjoyed, every photograph you ever saw, all the books you ever read and the loves you’ve won and lost. A photograph is the sum of all that preceded it’s creation from the mind of the photographer.

That’s pretty close to how I remember it being said. And, wow, that’s a profound explanation for what I’d describe as a ‘real’ photograph of any merit. Any creative process passes through the filter of a human mind that sets the situation and chooses the subject. Even snapshots are a result of that filtration of a lifetime of experiences.

But knowing about that mental filter is not enough of an explanation if you want to know the secret of making good (or great) photographs.

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Super-Hopped Beer Kit Braggot

Published on September 7th, 2017

My last post on Fast & Easy Beer Kit Braggot was enough to get you started. On this occasion, I also chose to hop the braggot because it was being made in a beer style. And, yes, I went crazy with the hops. And, yes, hopping at this stage of fermentation is a little unconventional (but that’s my middle name).

At this stage, the braggot had fermented in our basement for approximately 4-5 weeks. I racked one-quarter of that braggot (a murky sink water beige colour) into a freshly sanitised 5 litre fermenter and bottled straight away with a few Citra hop pellets in each bottle; carbonated with demerara sugar. I put these bottles aside in a dark place.

That left me with the remaining 15-or-so litres of braggot in my basement that I intended to super-hop. No, that’s probably not a term, but you get the point. I wanted this braggot to pack a pucker.

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More Articles on StevenClark.com.au

  1. The Photographer’s Lexicon
  2. Super-Hopped Beer Kit Braggot
  3. Fast & Easy Beer Kit Braggot
  4. Jean-Jacques André & 63 Years of Artistic Nudes
  5. William Eggleston Portraits

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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