Single Issue No. 15

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LG No. 15, 60 pages, single issue. (1 PDF issue). Cover image by Paula Chamlee.
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Dear striking sanitation workers of Goodhue County:

It’s Halloween and this issue is scary good. Speaking of frightening, this is probably bad advice but I’m going to give it anyway. If it makes you happy, do it. If it looks good, it is good. Life is short, if you like what you’re doing, that’s all that matters.

Why do you keep making photographs? I don’t mean TIFF files, I mean photographic prints. For me, it is the entire process: Getting into the mental state to make the capture, the exposure itself, processing the film, and making the print. It is the tactile nature of this endeavor that keeps me in the analog game. It is the hundreds of decisions that lead to a pleasing piece of paper that communicates a place, idea, or emotion. It is the piece of glossy fiber or printing-out paper that can conceivably be viewed as a work of art, full of intentionality and human creativity.

Since 2010, I have used 8×10 film on a fairly regular basis, making contact prints or scanning the negatives for digital printing. I dreamed of enlarging these negatives, but affordable and attainable 8×10 enlargers become available about as often as free nude models. After years of looking, I finally found one, an Elwood enlarger that was made in the 1940s-1950s. It works like any enlarger, it’s just a lot bigger, and cooler! It’s big, like The Day the Earth Stood Still kind of big. But, it has a vibe, a certain old-world or mid-century charm—a mechanical simplicity with workmanship and parts that you do not find on today’s disposable gear.

In practical terms, I won’t be able to keep it forever. But for at least the near future, I’m going to turn big metal wheels, enlarge 8×10 negatives from a comically-large machine that takes up a quarter of my darkroom. It makes me happy and I’m going to do it. Of course, format doesn’t really matter in the end. Every time I make a print that I like, I look at the result, think about the film/camera/lens combination and contemplate, “why would I use anything else?” Why indeed.

In LG15, one of our features is an interview Sandy King about his experience with carbon transfer printing. His work, and the work of his students shows how alternative or historic process printing is thriving. I met Sandy in 2014, literally bumping into him on the street. He graciously invited me to dinner where we discussed Van Dyke Brown process and other aspects of photography. It was a thrill to meet a photographer and technician with such vast expertise and the friendly willingness to share it. In our interview with Paula Chamlee, Paula discusses her versatility and passion for many types of subjects and projects. Her inclination to be interested in many styles of art is something I easily connect with as well.

Also in this issue, in The Silver Bulletin, John Wimberley lets us in on some personal history, what I would describe as a photo train wreck at the foot of Mount Olympus. Comedy! Tragedy! Towering figures, and finally redemption. You’ll have to read it for yourself. Gordon Undy reveals a beautiful AZO print by Paula Chamlee for our ongoing series, My Collection. David Roberts confronts the dreaded wall in his column, Ramblings. Alan Ross discusses lenses, separating the myths from the facts about perspective in his column, The Way I See It.

That is all of the candy in your pillowcase for LG15, the magazine you can read without wearing your costume. Enjoy!

LG No. 15, (60 pages), single issue (1 PDF issue).

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