Authenticity III (or The Literal Other Side)

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When I had scanned all of the negatives from my cross-processed slide roll (see here and here) and was looking at my virtual contact sheet in Lightroom, I noticed something strange: The same character appeared twice. Though it seemed completely illgocial, upon closer inspection there really is no denying that the subject of this photograph is the same one shown here (note the tight white sweatshirt, bouquet, and shoes- I couldn’t believe it myself at first). The first was shot through a plastic window as I climbed a flight of stairs on one side of a parking garage, and as I wandered around the roof shooting, this guy apparently made his way all the way around to the opopsite corner where I unknowingly caught him again.

So why isn’t this one color? The more I look at this roll, the more I like them procesed black and white. Part of me feels like that defeats the entire purpose of cross processing (usually done for the crazy color shifts, which I have yet to see), but it does keep the sharpness, graininess, and high contrast intact (in fact, these things might be more noticeable). Though at first I tired to convince myself that the color versions were “truer” to the form, I think I’ll go with what makes images I like better from now on. For most of these, it’s E-6 processed C-41, scanned, and digitally converted to black and white. If I’m happy with the result, what difference does it make how I got there (assuming, of course, that I didn’t steal the image from someone else and put my name on it or something of that nature).

Maybe I should just go back to digital.

Kodak Elite Chrome 400 (expired a while ago), Ricoh KR-10 Super (unlikely to see more use due to light leaks), C-41 (color negative) cross procesing, digital black and white conversion.

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4 responses to “Authenticity III (or The Literal Other Side)

  1. Hello I really like your blog, I would like a link exchange with you, I insert your blog to my favorite blogs 😉

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  2. chloë

    i always look at your photography before reading your entry & i noticed the same guy with the same hoodie as in previous photos
    here i was thinking, they really like wearing white hooded jumpers lol

    it feels like we’re slowly watching a movie, frame by frame
    it looks me to like it’s snowing there, or is that from converting it from colour to B&W(?)

    p.s i don’t know how to “crop” (re: your last comment)

  3. chloë

    no i was totally referring to the fact i knew it was snowing that day 😉
    yeah i had one play with the iso up that high but i didn’t like the photographs it produced lol
    wow when i clicked into the link you gave me i got a sudden feeling of déjà vu
    i kept looking at it over & over
    i think i like it better colour 🙂

  4. iheartfilm

    This – is damn good. Been enjoying your blog.

    Chris

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