Fine Art B&W and Platinum/Palladium Prints

Joshua Tree

Added on by Tori Nelson.

This last weekend I traveled to Joshua Tree National Park in the California high desert.  Joshua Tree is a kind of Mecca for rock climbers, cyclists, desert campers and (surprise) photographers.   This is a decent time of year to visit as the Summer months average a daily high temperature of 103 F.  This weekend included a cold, rainy and windy day with a light dusting of snow during the night on Friday; cold, sunny with beautiful fluffy clouds and windy on Saturday and then warmer, sunny and windy on Sunday.  So, a little something for everyone.

I was going to JT to meet with friends of mine that are also photographers.  This is an annual trip that was started years ago by a mutual friend and master photographer, Per Volquartz.  Every year he would organize a get-together of like minded, mostly large format photographers for the purpose of photographing, sharing prints of our latest work and general camaraderie.  Every year there would be some new faces added to the group and inevitably, there would be former participants that couldn't make it every time.  Per died in July of 2011 but we have all vowed to continue these yearly sojourns in his honor.



Using procrastination to your advantage...

Added on by Tori Nelson.

I still have 13 rolls of 120 to process from a trip this last Summer.  In all fairness to myself, my processing method of choice was causing me problems and ruining the first 1 or 2 frames of each roll.  I tried a couple of different things but still had the problem.  Then I put it out to the film community for suggestions but everything I got back I had already tried or it was of no help.  Yep, time to play Scarlet and leave it to "tomorrow" (I just never decided on which tomorrow).

Some major things have come up since then that were, to say the least, distractions from doing anything with my art.  Now life is getting back to some semblance of normal so it seems a good time to get this film taken care of.  Soooo, I call my mentor and master photographer, Kerik Kouklis, and all is right with the world - this should work.  Unfortunately, it means using my least favorite means of processing film and I'm having trouble getting in the mood this morning.

The only way for me not to feel guilty about this latest bout of procrastination is to work on some other project I haven't gotten to ; - )   Enter this pile of Magnolia pericarps I've been collecting in anticipation of photographing for the last year... 

Hmm, maybe I should just get back into the darkroom and have a go at those rolls of film. 


Short & Simple

Added on by Tori Nelson.

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