Good morning from a sunny Good Friday in Hastings.
I have spoken before of experimenting with the grunge affect in the dark room, long before it became a preset filter for Photoshop. This photo was part of an exhibition I had in Austria and Italy back in 1994 – 1995. The theme of the exhibition was Nostalgia. I was with 3 others. Tony went around taking photos of old buildings. Gerhard was a doctor and took photos of his oldest patients while Maria took coloured photos of different festivals that was a tradition in Austria. I was, obviously, the only foreigner and the only one to experiment so radically for my images. My concept was because I was so far away from my home country that the phone was a connection to my past. It was deliberately out of focus because looking back can be fuzzy – with memories not as clear anymore. Well sort off.
I went through a lot of paper and chemicals to get this affect. I experimented with different papers before finally coming up with a heavy grainy paper from England. The photo was taken deliberately out of focus and slightly over exposed when I printed it. For the sepia affect I experimented with using different textured fabrics soaked in the sepia toning and laid it over the image to get the grunge affect. I don’t know how many different types of fabric I used before I got this final image. This was such a long winded process so that I am so glad that we had digital processing now.
This is for Cee at Cee’s Photography‘s challenge this week which calls for telephones – old, new, vintage, cell phones.
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