Here's my latest pic, taken last night. I got six or eight good shots last night, but the older I get the more willing I am to let the "just good" ones fall away and concentrate on the ones that have "it" for me—whatever strange grace it is that makes a picture work for me. This is one, but then, they're my friends.
Lately I've been wanting my digital pictures to look like my film pictures so that they all go together. I've got twenty years' worth of prints that looks just like this, black and white with a black line around it. It's a natural look for Tri-X printed with an enlarger, not at all a natural look for digital. But then, digital has no inherent materiality in the modernist sense—it's plastic, it can look like anything. So why can't it look like the rest of my work? It's all one body of work.
It's just that my technique used to have integrity and now it doesn't, is all. I can live with that, I guess. But maybe I'll feel differently a month from now.
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Nick: "I've been trying to make just such a border. Dare I ask what you did to get that slight irregularity to its inside?"
Mike replies: First apply the Type 3 border in Silver Efex Pro 2 > Finishing Adjustments > Image Borders, then (back in Photoshop) crop in from the outer edge.
Ben Rosengart: "I suppose one shouldn't be overly attached to that kind of formal integrity, any more than to anything else. Doing B&W on a color camera means you're already in a state of sin, right?"
Mike replies: 'Zackly.
John London: "That picture has great tones Mike!"
Mike replies: Thanks. You've given me a great compliment: Louis Armstrong's highest compliment to a fellow musician was "He has good tone." I think it was Frank DiPerna (either Frank, or Joe Cameron) who told me that he thought it was a high compliment to photographers, too.