Un petit bébé – Les Parisiens Anonymes

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This is one of the found negatives from Paris. First of all, if this is you, I’m sorry for posting your naked-butt-photo. Je suis vraiment désolée.

As you can see, there are a lot of scratches on the negatives. There’s nothing I can do about that. I could try washing it and doing another print but I doubt that will help. I could try fixing it by doing spotting but I honestly don’t mind the scratches.

In the meantime, I’ve been trying to develop my own negs. Hopefully, by the end of the week, I’ll be posting my own photographs of Paris and I’ll take you through each photograph.

“J’ai trouvée des négatifs des parisiens anonymes quand j’allais au marché aux puces à Paris. Depuis que je suis retournée à Sydney, je travaillais dans ma chambre noire et développée des négatifs mois-même avec joie. Si vous connaissez des personnes sur de photos, n’hésitez pas de me contacter. Je vais vous envoyer les photo 6 x8″ gratuite. Merci pour votre aide.”

Les Parisiens Anonymes

Les Parisiens Anonymes

First of all, I apologise for being absent in the last 2 months. I was living in Paris and I had no access to a dark room. I didn’t want to just leave my films to a photolab. I wanted to develop them myself, so I had to wait patiently until I return to Sydney.

While I was staying at Vanves, I found a Marché aux Puces where I found old discarded negatives. I felt like Indiana Jones, finding precious historical treasures. Judging from the clothes and the surrounding objects, I’m guessing I found some negatives from as early as 1910s to 1940s.

I will share these images with you as I make the prints one by one in my dark room. You’re in a journey with me, discovering the past of Parisiens. If you happen to know any of these people in the images I will be posting in the next few weeks, please send me a message. I’d be glad to send you a 6 x 8″ print of the images, free of charge.

“J’ai trouvée des négatifs des parisiens anonymes quand je suis allée au marché aux puces à Paris. Depuis que je suis retournée à Sydney, je travaillais dans ma chambre noire et développée des négatifs mois-même avec joie. Si vous connaissez des personnes sur de photos, n’hésitez pas de me contacter. Je vais vous envoyer les photo 6 x8″ gratuite. Merci pour votre aide.”

Pocket Watch

Pocket Watch

I’ve been lazy all week. Forgive me.
Last night I decided to work on this print rather than going to bed. I did go to bed eventually though.
This is a lith print developed with Rollei Lith developer and plenty of ‘old brown’. Out of the 3 or 4 prints I made, this is the one that’s closest to the original black and white print. I had another print that was basically all brown with a slight of orange tint. It looks like a picture ad from Victorian era. It was definitely very interesting but it wasn’t exactly what I wanted.
I feel very much like a mad scientist when I do lith printing.

Happy Sunday everyone!

Film Noir

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After spending a few hours in the darkroom, I got a little bored. I wanted to experiment just a little bit. So I threw out the 35mm mask and load in the film into the negative carrier in a reckless manner.
It’s funny how we could see some ghost sprocket holes on the right side of the image. There’s also a black line going across the top corner of the image.
I have no clue if I’m still going to like this photograph a few hours from now, but right now… j’aime ça…

The photograph itself was shot in the living room with a soft box placed on the left side of the object and a black reflector on the bottom right side. There were no other light source besides the soft box.

I promise I’ll post something cheerful and Christmas-y in the next few days

C’est une femme

C'est une femme

Time goes by so quickly. I can’t believe Christmas is just two weeks away.
Four weeks from now, I’ll be out in the streets of Paris, instead of working on still life at my home studio. I’m certainly looking forward to it.
I don’t mind the time going so quickly but I wish it would slow down when I reach Paris.

“Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.”
― Anatole France

Milking The Cow

Milking The Cow

I take my work very seriously most of the time. I’d like to be considered as a professional photographer, but sometimes though… just sometimes, I just feel like having a laugh.

I hope the cow cheers you up. Monday isn’t so bad sometimes.

This was a very simple set up on a shooting diffuser table with a soft box on the left. There were no reflectors used. It’s nice and simple.
Maybe it’s too simple. Perhaps, I should have put in more effort by adding a reflector on the right side to even things out and minimise the shadow under the cow just a tiny bit.
Either way, this still makes me laugh.