It seems right to begin this photography blog with some really old photos. This is, in fact, some of the first black and white film I ever developed. I wish I could take more artistic credit for the way these look, but really they are just the product of not knowing what the developer instructions meant, exactly, by “1+47 dilution.” (Like I said, this was still early days.) I liked the way they looked though. Ultimately, it was a really useful accident: I had been reading a lot about composition and developing film—everything I could get my hands on—and I was trying to do everything by the book. Of course none of my pictures were any good. I was becoming discouraged. Then, incredibly, this dilution mistake yielded some of the most interesting (to my eye) images I had produced.
Since then I’ve made a lot of images, and I have tried to learn not to sweat the mistakes. I've learned that maybe the best I can do is to make "purposeful mistakes." (Can I ask you to believe that this is a real thing?) I mean that I try to make mistakes that have some purpose, rather than just making mistakes. In other words, I experiment a lot, knowing very well that those experiments may not yield good images. Anyway, I thought I’d put some of the results of all this trial and error here. I’m not sure yet how often I will update this blog—whether I will do much writing on it, or whether it will be mostly images. But check back. There's more on the way!