You need to know that when I was a young pup, I, too was totally fascinated by the technical aspects of the photographic process. I was enamored by the wonders of technology (such as it was back in the 1970’s) and was pushing the boundaries of avant garde photographic technology. Photographic technology was Tri-X 400, D-76 and the latest and the big technology brouhaha was a debate whether Kodak Polycontrast (with that delightful green tint) was actually going to replace graded paper. The old guys were certain that these changes were going to be the absolute death of “photography as we know it” because photographers could “fudge” their exposure and cover it by using multiple graded filters on a single print! With the recklessness of youth, I pushed beyond the boundaries of straight photography using (and abusing) Kodalith to create a photographic world of my own making.
I was out there on the edge when I was young. I abused the materials to get that “look at me” effect for my photographs. But when I learned more about how to compose and create images that didn’t need the massive overdose of manipulation, I began making photographs addressed to the audience rather than myself. Learning photography was not about me, but about the audience was a transformative step in developing an artistic vision.
Yup, that thing at the top of the blog is a photograph. I photographed a skyscraper’s structural steel, overexposed and overdeveloped 35 millimeter film and then made contact film positives on Kodalith film. I then used high contrast lith film developer to get the black/white contrast effect. I think there are parts of three film frames in the image.