Artist Life

Reset the clocks. Run the short loop. Walk the long way back.

Breakfast is grits and sweet potato. Veg sausages and espresso

Off to the garden shop — bags of mulch, compost; no seeds. They’ve already come from online stores. Skip the starter plants. They always tempt, but they never grow as well as from seed, or direct planting in the yarden.

Put prints from yesterday into flatten press.

Into the darkroom. Re-print yesterday’s negatives using softer developer. Ilford Multigrade and 1+9. Simple, reliable. Spend time testing imagery not chemistry.

Prints looking good. Mix scones. Bake scones. Lunch. Rice and yogurt. Start new rice. Back to darkroom

Go to next negatives on list of ‘print for edit’ — always 8x10s. Keep process simple, repeatable. Expand other areas of praxis.

Prints washing. Read some. Avoid the dead-enders, the freezer geezers that dominate the Web Forums.

Set prints drying. Cut veg for dinner. Plot out midnight readings.

Seek out Winogrand Color book? Not published?

Oh, write this and post. Do more. Do more often.

art daily

Overnights: Jan 12, 22

the educated
the self educated
literate photographer
how they learned is what they learned
learned to process film
learned to produce film

the lab or the studio
subject matters
in what shadow

Key characteristic of study at art school is learning about other arts - acquiring as much about history and considerations of the image other than the technical.

where education extends to - what is the bound
one set can be taught in military unit or technical school suited to readily replaced personnel.


over. layers of loyalty. skill. influence. placement.

fan. groupie. roadie. air-guitar.

Awake, another one

common ground is comforting ground. We do old things with less attention; a picture makes them stand out. Making pictures is something like making breakfast — stop starving. Feast, even in small bits

Scraps of tape from the holding box from the darkroom. In hand and finished. That paper is gone. Prints were made and sit in boxes. Another isn’t the same as the same as. Every bite is a bit different with every different day.

On my worktable: books atop books, alongside prints, alongside notebooks. I love to compose in compressed space and meanings.