So we finally did it. We cleaned out our storage unit- AWESOME! And low and behold I was rummaging through my old boxes the other day, finding junk and treasures. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right? Well, I found some old work from my college days. It was an amazing time full of film, adventures, experimenting, and personal restoration. That’s a lot in a nutshell, but it was a wonderful time. Not knowing exactly what I would get on my film when using my Holga, and also wondering what I would create with the images I did get. The darkroom was my canvas, and I started creating these collages- specifically by making contact prints with the negatives, torn out pieces from books, writings, flowers, old nails, and anything else I could get my hands on. I used toners, water colors, pencils, and even tore and picked at the papers in certain sections. No single one was ever the same, as I was constantly playing and readjusting the collages when I was printing. Below are a few from back in the day, and I just busted out my old Holga the other day. I realized I have missed the process, the mystery, beauty and the unknown with the Holga. Everything is so instant and in the “now”. I’m ready to slow down and give this one another go. I’m excited for this, the energy the images will have compared to these, and I guess we’ll see what happens.
These images were shot in the Alvord Desert in Oregon, and then created back in my darkroom in New Hampshire.