Savannah, GA  To say farewell to the darkroom at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), I needed to create something that would make an impression.

Consisting of twelve images, my final Black and White project was completely process-based, taking two images and combining them into one print in a unique, creative way.

 

Juxtaposing different subjects brought out their similarities through interesting designs, the continued flow of motion in the prints, or simply the ability to see these subjects side by side. My goal was to accentuate one image so as to attract the viewer to a certain part of the print on first glance.

The process was terribly complicated – at least how I did it. 

First, I would place one negative in the enlarger, adjusting its size, rotating and focusing it, and applying the necessary contrast filters to my liking. I would make a print I was happy with and then create a second copy with space to print the second image. This was the hard part because I only had one chance to make a final version of a print once I repeated all of those steps for the second exposure.

Each of the six prints took many tries to get right.

Prints with one image occupying the negative space of the other were ambitious ideas that came with technical difficulties.

Things were most difficult when having to align images on different angles blindly.

My experience spending hours in the darkroom was painstaking, energy-depleting, yet also very rewarding. Sometimes doing something a little insane can teach you a lot, especially when all it takes is some time and passion.

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– Ben