I have many fond memories from the days when I made compositions using film, and specifically from the 10 years I used my medium format (6×7 cm) Pentax 67II. It was a time my wife and I traveled quite a bit. It wasn’t uncommon for us to go camping three weekends each month; it was fantastic and we miss those days. I also concentrated on publishing my work and later selling my prints at art shows. I know that those were the peak years of my creativity. Not to say that since then I haven’t made or won’t make meaningful images, but there is something that is gone.
I like to work slowly for the most part. I don’t like to arrive at a place and make some compositions and move on. I linger, look, feel and see and touch and smell and look some more. When I first got into digital “pro” format in late 2009, I all of a sudden felt a rush. There was no more expense in film purchase and developing so I got an illusion that I need to shoot more. It didn’t work.
Anyways, after quite a few years, maybe three or five, I haven’t worked on any of my film files…and it bothered me since there are a lot I really love. It was time. I got all the needed adapters to make my Nikon scanner work on my Mac and purchased new software since Nikon has refused to support the scanner as computers evolved. I loaded the beautiful transparency into the holder and began the process. I was giddy, to say the least. It was like opening a candy bar that has been long discontinued and fully remembering the taste before taking that first bite.
A new chapter has been opened for sure.
This particular image I’m calling Autumn Remnants is from the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River Valley. We used to frequent this valley, before it became overcrowded. The season was entering into winter as I found this grove of red alders with remnant leaves from sapling cottonwoods. I don’t remember what year it was, but I remember standing there making the composition in early evening light. The exposure was long and a breeze would stir things up so I had to use a shallower depth of field than I normally would to capture the scene.
I remember the anticipation of waiting to get the film back, the excitement after the first look once I picked it up and then the final analysis on the light table with a loupe…everything came into focus and I knew I captured something that moves my heart and soul. And I am thankful for this moment….