Friday, August 24, 2012



An happiness moment frozen through the lens :)

T-Max400 within Diafine - Olympus OM10 Zuiko 28mm

Thursday, August 23, 2012

May Day Manifest

One of my first manifest, covered personally with my beloved R3a and 1 roll of tri-x.

International Workers' Day (also known as May Day) is a celebration of the international labour movement. May 1 is a national holiday in more than 80 countries and celebrated unofficially in many other countries.
More information on wikipedia about May Day







Monday, August 20, 2012

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Just Plain Love (Otar Ioselani)

Arte France - Les Films à Lou
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Just Plain Love (Otar Ioselani)

On est dans un monde de privilegie, faut pas gratter beaucoup et voir tres loin pour faire la difference. On est bien fringe, bon...  Il faut mettre cela au service de quelquechose auquel on croit.

We lived in a priviliged world. You don't have to go far to notice a difference. We are nicely dressed, well... We should use it for something we believe in.

Henri Cartier  Bresson

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Dark room practices eco friendly: test your fixer

From the beginning, i was wondering about the impact of the environment of my dark rooms practices.
Between, i am working with water systems and especially in modern ways to conserve  clean & distribute water to all with the most efficiency.Flushing my chemicals to the toilets was simply not acceptable ! So i begin to search over the web and start to think about how to organize & optimize my uses of chemicals. I found my way, for now, it fits to me and will be perfected if i can in the future.

At the beginning, when i (re) discover the analog world, i was looking for the best practice. the ones which will gives the best tonal range, the best development, the best fixating for my negs. Between, i was looking for the best when i entered in the analog world. But that's not my practice, i understood  that i will never make perfect photographs and i don't have to look for the best, i have to look for my photography. Why should i work with fresh baths each time ? Loosing so much chemicals for nothing..

So how to test your fixer ? It's quite easy ! Just before to develop your roll, cut a piece of the priming of the film, take your watch, drop a small amount of fixer on the film (on the side which is supposed to be exposed) and launch your chronometer. Stop it when the film get clear.

So now you have your time, let's called it T and let's say it's for example 1 minute. To be sure your film will be fixed, you just need to multiply by 2 this time. This will be the immersed time of the film into the fixer bath.

Usually, rolls after rolls, the time will extend. It's advise that you should not exceed 3 times the duration which the manufacturer advises. For example, i use superfix from Tetenal, with a 1+ 3 dilution, fresh bath, 2 minutes is enough. That means i should not exceed 6 minutes.

Hope this helps.

So from now, my best environmental practice is:

  • Developper: Diafine which you can use at infinity (in the future i plan to test caffenol)
  • Stop bath: water
  • Fixer: will use it to the end
  • Washing: the Ilford procedure is still the best i found from now. 

And from a friend mail'signature:
Every environmental step taken counts. So, be the change. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Forbidden area

I took the opportunity few weeks ago to explore a forbidden zone. It was the biggest labyrinth that i went inside. You can get lost for days.

I tried to get a consistant workflow with those snapshots. First time that i look at the negs i realize that it was a place which could be the perfect environement for recording a new star wars

Kodak Tri-x - Diafine
Bessa R3a, nokton 40mm


Thursday, August 2, 2012


My Rafikis from Zambia & Tanzania Met when installing irrigation systems in East Africa. Wish to see them again soon.