In the Shadows

by Nicole Bausman August. 19, 2020 110 views
Just a Dream

Just a Dream

Excitement filled my body as I checked over the room one last time. Everything had to be just so or the test wouldn't be accurate. Enlarger in the left corner, red-light precariously placed on the self near the ceiling and all of the chemicals in the back area of the darkroom. With everything lined up and ready to go I can feel a slight shake in the hand holding the cardboard over the photo paper. Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click. I can feel my breath leave my body with an audible sound of relief. The cardboard is moved over a few inches to the left Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click. One more time, the cardboard is moved a few more inches to the left Click 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Click.

My Luck

My Luck

The shadow on the left of the first photo is the shadow of the enlarger. I had the red-light up too high and it cast a shadow. For the second exposer I lowered the red-light to the floor. This was a count of 7 but I still over exposed the photo.

These two photos hang in my office at work. This shot reminds me that even when you plan out a shot, external factors that you can't calculate can happen. Having a deer jump in front didn't stop me from capturing this moment. What would have been an unremarkable golfing shot (that I would have liked) became a shot that I love. I have shot a lot of film in 1 year, out of every roll, every shot, this one stand out to me. It reminds me that somethings are made special by random luck and good timing.

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