I edit each plate of film, one solitary plate at a time, whether the original work has been made on sheet film or roll film. After editing it down to final plate selections, I begin the arduous process of cleaning the selected film plates. Once I am satisfied with the newly cleaned plate, I begin the process of scanning it. Each plate is scanned at 300dpi and takes up to twenty minutes to scan at this resolution.
The scan opens up directly into a software called Adobe Photoshop. Each digital reproduction is further cleaned for dust, errant hairs and scratches. Once that digital reproduction is entirely cleaned, I begin to size it for my fine art photographic print making. From here, I save the file to multiple hard drives and then input the digital reproduction into a database where I plot a series of identifying characteristics, including;
- the original color reversal film stock used
- the type of film camera used
- the Great Lakes location photographed
- the year in which the photograph was originally made
- integral archive film plate number from the actual piece of film
Afterwards, I file each film plate and it's digital reproduction in the collection with the United States Copyright Office in Washington, D.C.
The entire process of archiving one individual film plate can take anywhere from 20 minutes to more than hour or more, and this collection of film spans 30 years, so there are thousands and thousands of images to archive. I've been at this process for years now, and soon the last remaining images will be archived, organized and recorded and when the task is completed, will make this one of the largest fine art film collections on the Great Lakes USA and Canada, in the world. I have been proud and humbled to have my life's work be one with this Great Lakes journey.
This has all been part of building the Fresh Coast Film Collection. Onward.