reading The Wrong Paper

as we learn one thing we forgo another. As we look for something, we don’t see the other. Various ways of saying to walk lightly, look softly, be open — said often. However, the nature of knowing means acquiring greater focus, digging deeper into something. Perhaps genius is found by the loose grip; others must hold on tightly.

Paper was always my way of acquiring the other facts of life. Words and pictures intermixed. There have been many newspaper/journals in my circling around my purposes. In the wayback 60s, artist tabloids, and newspapers were printed on newsprint in effort to be distributed widely, cheaply. It was all transient.

as a photographer, I learned to interpret the difference between that printed page and the printed photo. Even gaining skill to provide prints to be reprinted by the cheap web print. These days interpretation between screen space and my spaces — darkroom and printroom — is made easier. It is called do-check learning.

the paper print as prompt

Threepenny uses many photographs in their paper. It isn’t a photography publication, but the editors understand and give much care to providing space for photography. I am happy that it links me to former students.

The pictures must be interpreted by an understanding that comes from open, informed eyes. These type of publications provide the backup for vision. They serve to exercise the deeper eye. That bundle behind.

Darkroom Light

making a photo darkroom workable occupies many a camera crafter. An instructive case began with the notion of building a brighter safe-light using LEDs rather than 20th century filters and hot lamps.

Seems reasonable. Does it work? For BW; for Color?

He began with: “have ample and good-quality light to work with. But it’s also essential for judging print quality and properties such as hue/color balance, toning etc.” along with a picture of generic red light.

Well enough, but where do we end; what did we build? A little bit of research, datasheet reading, collecting housings, layout components, write a bit of code. Mr. Diy has a multiprogram remote control light system that sometimes fogs paper. And the inspection system: he seems pleased. So, maybe you would be too. He missed the goals, other than that it occupied time. Life creeps away in these small projects gone large.

Controlling the project is harder than controlling the lights.

fuji’s big notch between green and red

Should you want to learn more about safelights, check with Kodak:

“You can use sodium-vapor lamps with a KODAK No. 8
Safelight Filter / dark yellow in safelights providing general
darkroom illumination. The filtered sodium-vapor lamp
provides the best visual efficiency with the least visual effect
on the film.
If you are using a low-wattage tungsten bulb for
task-lighting, filter it with a KODAK 8 Safelight Filter / dark
yellow. You can use amber Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
(590 nm peak wavelength) for minimal task or path lighting;
however, do not use them for prolonged or general darkroom

Foma has a safelight:

Ilford has this:

Adox has this:

As for print inspection, I have two needs: the first is over the ‘wet’ tray. Mainly for judgement of density, and rough color. The other is in a dry work area where final judgements are made. In both place I use mixed lights. In no place do I use a clicker. They are switched, or foot peddle actuated. But that’s just my being lazy, too lazy to build a better time-trap.

maybe they should be voice controlled….