Fall 2013 – Spring 2014: Darkroom Experimentation

In my last year of college I feel like I really “found” something that interested me and was pulling me in a direction that I felt was new and my own. I spent quite a good amount of time secluded in the darkroom, playing with lights and negatives and creating alternate textures. In May of 2014, I featured these images (as well of a few more that were of similar fashion) in a show for my photographic works. I really came to realize how important symmetry and balance are to me and how they make me feel my work has more of a solid ground to stand on. Something I aim to push past is this exact comfort in works that I’m pursuing currently.

I was really interested in printing paper negatives with positives that I created to harness a proportionate balance.

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If I could, I would gladly explain the creation of these following interesting prints. I dabbled in a process called Solarization and was more pleasantly surprised with the outcome than I was thoroughly expecting. I only wish I had explored this phenomena further, to better grasp the control of creating these images.

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If anyone knows of any dark room photo places in San Diego that would allow me to print, please let me know! I am considering enrolling into a lab unit at a community college just so I can make use of a darkroom again, I miss creating things of this nature.

xo, Justine

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