One picture, two cameras.

Lately when I've been shooting portraits on film, I've tended to use my digital camera like you would use a Polaroid camera back in the day, to get a preview of the shot. The result? Two similar shots, one that stays on the computer and one that sits as a beautiful darkroom print. One took 5 minutes to process, the other, a little while longer! 

I printed the film image in the darkroom on beautiful fibre based paper, then dried and pressed the print, and finally scanned it. The print sits at home and as long as I take good care, it should outlast Colleen and me. I'm not sure I can say the same for the digital file! 

For both, I wanted a stark picture, with bright highlights and a light skin tone set against a black background. I found the lowest contrast light that I could, then processed both the darkroom print and digital file with high contrast to ensure the background was dark and featureless. 

Two different takes, two similar photographs and one enjoyable experience. 

Silver Gelatin print on fibre based paper

Silver Gelatin print on fibre based paper

The digital version. 

The digital version.