Home-made film developer

Home-made film developer

Lately I’ve been in a serious mood to shoot a lot of black and white photos of my town and the scenery that give’s Japan it’s different feel from the U.S.  I also have been in the mood to experiment, particularly to do more of the photographic process by hand.  To that end I became interested in making my own developer as an alterative to commercially available ones like Kodak D76 or HC-110.  I read about a formula for a developer named “caffenol-c” and I tried it.  I LOVE the results.  The photos are grainy, and have a nice vintage look to them.  I’m especially enamored by this look look after becoming interested in Moriyama Daido (a Japanese photographer whose work is often very gritty and grainy looking.)

I want my photos to achieve their appearance through their physical medium and development process.  I hate Photoshop’ing an image to impart some kind of look after the fact.  To me that is not real and I just can’t appreciate it.  My photos look the way they do because of the materials I use to capture an imprint from the world, not because I decide to change them after the fact.

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