There’s no such thing as the real thing

I know nothing but I know this: nothing is THE real thing.

Film is not the real thing, digital is not the real thing, darkroom printing is not the real thing, scanning is not the real thing.

Nothing is the real thing. The only real thing is the pleasure we get doing the things we love the way we love.

True photography??… I’m yet to find out what that means.

After the post about my darkroom adventures I got a comment from the excellent serial photographer saying:

“I always found it therapeutic when i was printing, the slow, measured moments were always valued I do miss it, that said i still use film but have to now scan, which to be fair has its own unique quality.”

Most of us, film passionate, do treasure darkroom work. We all share the fascination for that process but, the truth is, very few of us have the time/space/money/patience to still do things in that particular way.

However and this is the most important thing, like serial photographer pointed out, scanning has its own unique quality. Most TRUE!

Scanning is not a poor substitute for printing in the darkroom. Scanning is/can be a working/creative process in its own merits.

It’s not about which is the “most real” process, it’s about using different methods to suit our creative or workflow needs.

That being said, I’ve tried to come up with some examples to show you guys what I often do with a scanner.

Thank you Serial Photographer I most agree with you.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted in Photoshop. Inkjet printed on plain paper and scanned again.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted in Photoshop. Inkjet printed on plain paper and scanned again.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted in Photoshop. Laser printed on glossy paper and scanned again.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted in Photoshop. Laser printed on glossy paper and scanned again.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted/converted to B&W in Photoshop. Inkjet printed on plain paper and scanned again.

HP5+ scanned using Kodak Gold profile. Adjusted/converted to B&W in Photoshop. Inkjet printed on plain paper and scanned again.

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4 comments
  1. Alice said:

    These are stunning. Gorgeous subject too 🙂

    • Thank you so much Alice, I always feel I get the easy part of the job 🙂

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