Porch, Seneca Hotel, Seneca, Oregon
On a photo safari in Eastern Oregon the sky turned a dull grey overcast and there was not much to photograph. It got even worse when it turned cold and rainy. Rolling into Seneca, Oregon didn’t seem to raise our spirits that much. There wasn’t much there to interest us photographically. We nosed around for bit and came upon an abandoned hotel. The locked door on the front porch was as far as we got. I decided to make a photograph because to come that far and not make a photograph just wouldn’t be right. This was the best photograph I could make under the circumstances. I didn’t think too much of the negative because of the contrasty lighting.
It turned out this contrasty negative was absolutely perfect for platinum printing. This negative was the first platinum print I ever made. This was the “fun” with large format photography (or any film photography for that matter). You never knew what the outcome was until you developed the film. And in this case, it wasn’t until I began platinum printing years after the negative was made.