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The Last Cut and the First Roll

August 9, 2016
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Gloria Rosa at Home, 1990

Gloria in her kitchen at my first portrait session for El Proyecto Holyoke. Her three daughters, Mary, Jenny and Angie, are pictured below. While editing for my HeyLook HoLyoke show at Holyoke Community College, I discovered that my vintage 40X60 inch mounted print of Gloria also exhibited a big ugly stain. That means it doesn’t make the cut.

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Mary Garcia, Jenny Rosa and Children, 1990

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Angie, Gloria’s Middle Daughter, 1990

I do have some 8X10 contact proofs of Mary and Jenny and Angie, but they are on RC glossy paper, not exhibition quality.

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Man, Baby and Boy, 1990

The above three view camera pictures were never exhibited. I do have work prints that have taken on more power over time. All our pictures become personal history after awhile. The good ones represent our literary output, visual poems so to speak.

These portraits will not make the cut, even though the big 8X10 inch negatives have become like my children. I love them now more then when they were born in the developing tray. The appearance of an image on a piece of photo sensitive film or paper in a developing tray feels almost as magical as doing almost anything with a smart phone.

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Ashley Reservoir Student Fieldtrip, 1999

These film based pictures are from 17 years ago. HCC has recently paved a road from campus to the Ashley Reservoir. We will be field tripping there this fall.

I am looking forward to teaching Basic and Advanced black and white film classes. Film photography may not be as easy as tickling a smart phone. Using a film camera involves a hands-on experience in creative energy and good fortune. With a classic film camera, there is no app to make your pictures look like a “classic camera” shot. It needs your input to make “classic camera” photos as good as, or better than,your digital camera and an app. Success takes trial and error, and you can use your smart phone to make test shots. You can also use a light meter app to properly expose your film. Don’t leave your smart phones home. Photo students will be carrying two cameras this fall.

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The First Roll, 1969-70

This is a picture from the first day I used a camera. I loaded my only roll of film into my new used Nikon three times to make triple exposures. There is an app for that.

 

 

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  1. Kristen Miller permalink
    August 9, 2016 8:37 pm

    Frank, I am forever astounded by your work…as if it is always the first time I am witness to it. You are a magical film artist and I am so fortunate to have learned from you. Thank you for teaching me how to “see” photographs in the making and for the inspiration to continue to make art whenever possible.

    Kristen Miller

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