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The Reciprocity Effect Modern Analogue

Pixels Are Not A Substitute For Atoms

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.

QG

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.

QG

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.

QG

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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NORTH OF 49 - MINE N0.1

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The recked hood of an old truck is the only marker indicating the location of the original entrance to Mine No. 1, near Japanese Town, 1.5 miles west of Cumberland.

Mine No.1 was operated by the Union Colliery Company (UCC), owned by the Dunsmuir family with Japanese miners, 1893-1942.

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POSITIVE : NEGATIVE

8x10 contact print from paper negative on Ilford MG Fibre

Paper negatives yield quite a different feel from film. The orthochromatic sensitivity of the paper produces a result similar to collodion, but with a higher ISO value.

paper negative on Ilford MG RC Satin

So far I’m really enjoying the results, and the greatly reduced processing time vs. film negatives.

QG

FASHION + TINTYPE = MODERN CRAFT

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Tintype of Designer Eliza Faulkner by Quinton Gordon & Diana Millar

On a hot summer’s day, we found ourselves setting-up our portable darkroom and large format cameras on a local horse farm.

Here to collaborate with fashion editor, Lia Crowe and designer, Eliza Faulkner on a story for the September issue of Boulevard Magazine, our goal was to bring modern fashion images to the pages of the magazine using wet plate collodion, tintypes.

The story simultaneously profiles both Eliza’s fashion, and our work as collodion artists.

Special thanks to Cathie Ferguson for bringing the story visually to life with her beautiful editorial images.

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Above, my short lived debut as a model… I’m definitely better off behind the camera.

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5x7 tintype plates.

Click here to view the article online: Boulevard Magazine

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STAYING ORGANIZED… OR TRYING TO

The day started with a list of other household chores, but they went out the window in favour of wading through the growing mound of negatives and contact sheets in an effort to stay somewhat organized.

The benefit of spending a day sorting and reviewing all this film is that I was also able to do an initial edit of the contact sheets and definitely founds a few gems along the way.

QG

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