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.