More than a few seasons have passed since wrapping up my original Fresh Coast Project with film. Like the changes and growth that occur in a career, so too must a website change to reflect such growth. This is my new website, and I hope it serves this purpose well. Let me fill you in on the processes that have been occurring here over the last few years.
I recently completed the final scans of my entire medium format color reversal film library. It is a library that spans well over 20 years of work on the Great Lakes. Ahead of me in the coming weeks and months I will complete the scanning of the entire medium format negative film collection, the 135mm color reversal film collection, the panoramic color reversal film collection and the 4x5 film libraries. When completed, I will have finished work on one of the world’s largest film collections solely dedicated to the Great Lakes Fresh Coast visual narrative. This narrative spans the last 30 years of my work.
The scanning is intensive in both time and human capital. Even so, I feel strongly that in order to have a complete and artful collection, there is value in knowing every stage has been completed by the photographer throughout this particular part of the entire archiving process.
In the past two years, much of my time has been spent in search of best practices for developing state of the art, archival film techniques for preserving this Fresh Coast Film Collection™. Institutions, museums and universities have been valuable resources, and over the months ahead I hope to share with you some of these findings. It is an exciting time to be learning about the preservation efforts of others, while at the same time developing our own method and process here in the studio.
As for making photographs, I continue to make photographs on film. I spend much of my time working with color reversal films but I have slowly migrated back to my personal roots in photography, working in other mediums. This includes making photographs on color negative film stocks and B+W negative film stocks. I am excited about the results and will be sharing this new work in the months ahead. As well, after waiting anxiously for several months, I have added a new handmade 4x5 field camera to my workflow and I am looking forward to working with this camera from a small British company.
Photographically speaking, I have also been working with and making new B+W digital monochromes for the Ed Wargin Digital Collection. I can’t think of a better way to express myself visually than by making B+W photographs. I feel infused with energy, and have been working with this new digital medium by treating it photographically in the most basic means of expression possible; with grey tones. As I find myself making more photographs on B+W negative films, it has been both remarkable and rewarding to also make art with digital mediums producing B+W monochromes.
Thank you for visiting my website. I appreciate your interest in my work. I look forward to hearing from you with any questions or comments you may have. I always enjoy talking photography. Be well, and enjoy every moment on the Fresh Coast.