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Build a Portable Film Drying Cabinet

Saturday, 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

Friday, 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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Jean-Jacques André & 63 Years of Artistic Nudes

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Jean Jacques André has made a life shooting artistic nudes. Inspired by his father (a symbolist painter) and the natural environment, his career began in 1954 and continues to the present day.

Some of André’s simpler nudes are to my eye absolutely gorgeous; others (that are not represented here) are intense, surreal and to another taste entirely. However, because of that career transition over so many years he’s exactly an inspiration worthy of the photographer’s investigation. Rather than shoot a predictable static style over that period of time there is a dramatic evolution of vision and technique.

Yes, I could write all the art-speak portfolio biographic diatribe about the decades through André’s career. But I won’t. That investigation is left up to you. I’m a big fan of his earlier work and not so much the present.

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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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