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The Reciprocity Effect Modern Analogue

Pixels Are Not A Substitute For Atoms

SCAN + PRINT + EDIT + SEQUENCE = BOOK

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Production underway on my next book Personal Fiction… loads of scanning, proofing, editing, and sequencing ahead.

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Personal Fiction, is a follow up book to my first book, Mile Zero: A Place Uncertain.

This new book dives into a decade of significant change in my life while exploring the notion that our memories are a type of fiction that we write and rewrite over time, thus shaping our view of the world.

Scheduled for release May 2015.

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COAL CREEK SERIES

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I’m pleased to begin releasing this limited edition series of prints from my collodion glass negatives made in the historic Coal Creek area of Cumberland BC.

I have selected a box of vintage silver-gelatin paper that I have to make these prints, thus the series and edition are limited by the small quantity of paper I have. Kodak Elite Fine Art is a silver rich paper that was discontinued in 1999.

Prints will be released periodically from this ongoing project and can be purchased through our Modern Analogue Shoppe at Luz Studios.

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THE STANDARD

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Rescued from the “bargain box” at a garage sale, this 1932 Leica Standard didn’t look like much, unless your eye is accustomed to the distinctive form of a Leica.

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Raw scan from Ilford HP5 test roll

With a little TLC and the addition of a few key accessories including a take-up spool, Voigtlander viewfinder, Leitz 35mm f/3.5 Summaron lens, and a vintage leather case, the Standard was looking pretty attractive and ready for a test roll of film.

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Nothing like a day in the countryside to test a vintage camera and so far the results are encouraging.

The shutter seems fairly accurate and I’m adjusting to focusing without having a linked rangefinder, or any rangefinder for that matter, on the camera - although it was a standard accessory of the time.

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Totally misjudged the focus on this, but I still kind of like it.

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The distinctive look of a vintage Leitz lens.

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More photographs, along with some proper darkroom prints, to come from my adventures with this 82 year old camera. Oskar Barnack (1879-1936) definitely changed photography, and Leica continues to build legacy cameras.

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LIGHT LEAKS

I recently had to replace the foam light seals on my little Olympus XA, but I will definitely miss the many wonderful surprises caused by those light leaks.

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NOTES FROM THE DARKROOM

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© 2014 Quinton Gordon

Slowly getting through the backlog of film, making work prints for editing.

Looking forward to more winter days spent in the comforting red glow of my darkroom.

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LEICA STANDARD 1932

My wonderful garage sale find is getting some love. Sporting a nice vintage leather case, and a lovely Leitz 35mm f/3.5 Summaron lens with a Voigtlander viewfinder (ironically the Leica viewfinder does not fit).

I have no idea when the last roll of film went through this camera (quite sometime ago I’m sure) but a fresh roll of Ilford HP5 got the call for this first outing under my ownership.

Results, for better or worse, will be posted later this week.

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VINTAGE PAPER : VINTAGE DRESS

© Quinton Gordon / Vintage dress, photographed with, Agfa Brovira, circa 1950’s, 8x10 paper negative.

Furthering my experiments with paper negatives, today I decided to rummage through our collection of vintage, fibre, silver gelatin papers. I selected some Agfa Portriga and some Agfa Brovira to test.

My test subject was one of the beautiful vintage dresses that Diana has been photographing in collodion recently.

© Quinton Gordon / vintage paper negative

These papers can be quite unpredictable, often completely fogged, but occasionally they show their age in some delightfully unexpected way.

© Quinton Gordon / toned print from vintage paper negative

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Agfa Portriga Rapid circa 1950’s

Looking forward to more explorations with these great papers… Diana wants the packaging when I’m done, she has plans to frame them.

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A QUIET SOUL

©Quinton Gordon - 5x7 tintype portraits, vintage brass lens, Deardorff 

This weekend we had the pleasure of photographing Claudia. I don’t know her well, but her quiet, thoughtful soul seemed to resonate in collodion.

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THE WHEELS ARE TURNING

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© Quinton Gordon - 5x7 tintype, vintage brass lens, Deardorff

It’s officially autumn, the light is changing, exposures (for wet plate) are getting longer and the creative juices are flowing…

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1/2 A SECOND

portrait of artist Craig Bauer / 8x10 paper negative

It’s been awhile since I’ve had the opportunity to do a portrait of Craig. When he stopped by the studio the other day I had my 8x10 setup and waiting…

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