Stagland : Clearing

Stagland : Clearing, Ben Dolman 2016 - 8x10 Colour Negative

These two photographs have been sitting on my computer since June when I processed and scanned them, this morning I decide to take a look at them and do the first colour and tonal adjustments. Today with the advent of digital photographs there seems to be only one 'correct' colour balance, a balance that conforms to exact measurements that 'objectively' captures our perception of the world. With large format film and especially if you are using short and outdated film stock that you process and scan yourself the colour 'balance' can become a subjective and changeable abstract. The photographs were taken in a wood where there was no true white or mid grey to calibrate against, instead one has to find a colour balance that feels right - a right that is determined by not only the visual rendition of the photograph be it on the computer screen or a print but also the influenced of the passing memory of the place and also how it feels in the present. One could call the interpretation and realisation of developing a colour negative as a reflective process that goes beyond the literal - the capture of light in how it shapes one's thought process and slows you down. The photographs will be left for another month before I return to review the images again to see if they still feel 'right'.


Stagland : Clearing, Ben Dolman 2016 - 8x10 Colour Negative