UPDATE, 12/27/07:
For further & more recent discussion on darkroom techniques,
You really should check out my blog:

Comments of any kind are welcome,
email 'the Bobster' here.



"....It starts by YOU telling the picture what it will be -
- in the end, THE PICTURE tells you what it will be..."

(Robert Rauschenberg)

I feel like I take that approach, not through any great design, or dogmatic adherence...
it's just the way that comes naturally, and that is all I am interested in.

I collect negatives by taking myself, and simple camera, to places I love - the California coast, and desert - and start walking.....and things happen.

I spend a lot of time with my proof sheets, and in a small room, under a dim red bulb. I'm obviously interested in things metaphysical - beyond that, it's up to the viewer to decide what's going on. ( If I haven't figured them out yet, (and I haven't, not really), why should I presume to explain them to anyone else?)

Many of the pictures just seem to 'happen', because the individual negatives are looking for each other. I'm just a chaperone, and a really loose one at that......
(...But those were always the best kind of parties, right? )


A longer statement,
about why I prefer creating in a darkroom.

A biography of sorts:
The more general topic being...
'how our life experience ends up shaping our art,

(whether we like it or not)'.


Part 3
(what a 'guide' on my easel looks like,
in comparison to the print)

A few images, and how they came to be.

Additional thoughts/notes/techniques/etc.