Looking out, Looking in. (Looking back)

In looking for a transparency to scan for a friend, I came across a Ziplock of mounted slides which struck me as odd since I don’t and never have shot E6. What I found was a project completed in college (2003) apparently taking into account what I saw and what I looked like. Honestly doesn’t look like I put a lot of effort into it, but it certainly made me smile and brought back some memories. 

This was apparently a roll of Kodak TMY that was processed using a now-extinct Kodak Direct Positive process similar to DR5. I have no recollection of shooting or processing this film, but after scanning them and assembling them into diptychs it looks like I kept them for a reason. I just didn’t know what a photoblog was yet back in 2003.

I’ve often fell into the habit of obsessing over details on projects I deemed worthy, and completely blowing off things that were below me of a lower priority. Looking over the work now (which I’ve taken the effort of scanning without so much as wiping the dust and fingerprints from) I can more clearly see what the project was about. Maybe you have to look at these things years later to get the gist of it.

Toasted
Toasted
I’ve been told in my life that I come off like a real hard case, a cocky prick at the best of times. I’ve usually not compromised on this stance, it’s just how I roll. I can see how this comes across in the photos I’m taking even of myself.

Snow
Snow
This is still my opinion of winter, to this day. I’m sure I still sport this look cleaning off the car. But why?

Happy for bread
Happy for bread
So here’s where things change. I’ve never had a big circle of friends through school. I kept a couple great friends and bench the rest as acquaintances. For the first time, I had a group of friends in college, and we were alike in as many ways as we differed in background, politics, etc. Photography levels the playing field in many ways. Something we all had in common, this group that likely wouldn’t have given each other a chance outside this environment was a tight-knit team.

Moar winter
Moar winter
Would you think this guy was approachable, friendly, even funny? He’s a loyal friend.

Karen
Karen
God bless Karen, an instructor at NBCCD. I want to say she taught us History of Photography and we made a real sport of jousting in and after class. I’d like to think there was some mutual endearment there, but looking back I can’t guarantee it on her part. Karen was one of my favourite faculty members, so different from me in every way. She’s an immensely talented photographer, to boot.

Accurate
Accurate
The prickly exterior I show(ed) has little to do with the world around me. I’ve always found it more fitting to be sarcastic and uncompromising in an effort to weed out those I wanted to enjoy as a friend. I still keep a small circle.


These images apparently are reversed TMY, but would certainly have been shot with a Canon EOS1n with a 50mm(?) lens. Details of processing are a mystery to me.

 

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