Maybe you have seen the Facebook challenge that is going around right now. Maybe not if your Facebook feed isn’t stuffed full of artists like mine, but periodically it seems there is a new meme going around fb to fill it with flowers, or art, or kittens (oh wait…it is always filled with kittens). The current one is challenging artists to post three pieces of art everyday for 5 days.
Since I already feel like a constant fountain of art spam I decided to dig a little deeper, at least for today. I went to the very back of a filing cabinet drawer that houses a pile of three-ring binders, with yellowing and crusty masking tape on the spines declaring their contents: photo articles, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, yearbook, odd jobs, seniors. In them lie roll after roll of negatives and contact sheets from my high school career, which I experienced mostly through the camera. I found very few prints beyond the contact sheets, I guess I was giving them away as I printed them. Truthfully, I can’t really remember. But I do remember all those years with my camera to my face, and the soothing smell of fixer in the darkroom. Without it I don’t know how I would have made it through my teen years.
I did find these three prints from 10th grade. I recall that year I was working on keeping subtle detail in the shadows. And for 15 years old, I wasn’t a bad printer…if I do say so myself.