P.O.P., p.1 — The Basics|
January 19, 2017
P.O.P., p.1 — The Basics
January 11, 2017
Hi All. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.
If the current political environment has been as hard on your
mental health as it has mine, I especially hope that you're finding some
measure of peace and creativity. Art is now, as it has been
throughout history, a snug harbor that allows both escape from
and challenge to the greater world. Enough said.
started the New Year in earnest, finally getting to a re-org and
update of the website. I've decided to roll this together with
Volume II of the TLF series — Beyond Basics. Rather than
a physical book at this time, it will be web-based. I hope to
finish by summer but in the meantime the website organization will be a
mess and constantly changing. Please bear with the process.
Now, on to "Paper Negatives."
Kit Funderbuck's new book |
December 4, 2016
Kit Funderburk was one of the original
contributors to The Light Farm. A retired Kodak paper
engineer, in 2006 and 2007 Kit wrote two short books mostly as a
memento for past employees when the last of the Kodak paper mills
were shut down and dismantled in 2005. He was well ahead of
his time in recognizing that an invaluable piece of photographic
history was in danger of memory extinction. History of the
Paper Mills at Kodak Park and A Guide to the Surface
Characteristics, Kodak Fiber Based Black and White Papers have
been treasured members of my library for almost ten years.
As we all know now, chemical photography with its rich and deep
history has vanished faster than most of us foresaw. Capturing
that history has become ever more imperative. Recognizing
this, Kit has written a second edition book combining, and expanding
on, his first two
books. It is available to read on TLF. I can't recommend
it highly enough. So much of what we think of as "classic" B&W
prints is wrapped up in the surface characteristics of the base
paper. Knowledge of history is important not only for its own
sake but also because it informs our present art.
Thank you, Kit! (Again.)
A Guide to the Surface Characteristics: Kodak Fiber Base Black-and-White Papers
EU Source for Emulsion Chemistry!|
December 4, 2016
Excellent news for emulsion makers in the EU. Radoslaw
Brzozowski, historian and teacher of traditional photographic
processes at Szlachetna Fotografia in Gdynia, Poland, has been
instrumental in establishing a go-to store for chemistry, materials,
You can contact Radoslaw on his Facebook
page and on the group he established there:
Alternative Photographic Supplies
October 17, 2016
The Photography of Colored Objects
by Eastman Kodak Company, 1932
The Clan of the Velveteen Rabbit |
October 14, 2016
Finally — The Crosby Serpent in Living Color (!)
A Diary |
July 22, 2016
September 14, 2015
August 31, 2015
The book is finished!
It's hard to believe that my last posting was last October. It was a few days
before Halloween and then it was Thanksgiving and then Christmas. On January 1, I
started writing a book on emulsion making. I fully expected it was going to be
done by spring. Let's just say I underestimated! But, it is finished and give or
take printing time, it will be ready in a week or two. I'll have more about it then.
But now, I could not be more pleased to present the work of a new contributor —
Pierre Van de Vliert. Pierre is a dry plate artist. I can do no better than let him
take it from here. Welcome, Pierre!
August 31, 2015
I Make Photographs — Pierre Van de Vliert
About a year ago I had realized that photography no longer gave me the satisfaction it used to give.
October 26, 2014
Yashica-44 and 127 format film
There will be a new chapter on cameras in the 2nd edition. This is
the first installment. The Yashica-44 is a great, fun little camera.
More Here >
October 22, 2014
Dry Plate, p.2 — More Possibilities
This is a contact print of the same 4"x5" plate on paper emulsion-coated 'Yupo' synthetic watercolor paper.
Yupo is wonderful stuff and I highly recommend a tablet of it in your "toolbox".
October 19, 2014
Dry Plate, p.1 — Possibilities
Dry Plate Photography is simply photography.
The 'plate' part, of course, is the glass plate emulsion support but the
'dry' part can be confusing if you aren't up on the minutia of the history of photography.