Black & White 4X5

Prior to the digital age, I enjoyed traditional film photography, particularly large format 4X5. At the end of the day, if you produced 30 images you were aggressive. It took a lot of time setting up and capturing a subject. It was a highly involved process of handling sheet film from the film box to darkroom, ensuring only the exact amount of light through the shutter came in contact with the film. Every sheet required a formula of exposure/development based on the range of light. And then there was the darkroom where 98 percent of time was allocated to the process with only two percent for creativity. In contrast, digital is the reciprocal affording far more time to create. No regrets, for those early years taught me to see and understand what and why I was capturing a particular scene or subject. The work that follows is just a fraction of images captured on film. I hope someday to excavate my archives and present more of my earlier work on this site.

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