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Marshgrass

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I live near the coast, and one of my favorite places to photograph is the cove with its marsh grass and deep cuts in the salt marshes and weeds. I often use vintage cameras and lenses and hand coated paper and glass because it gives these features a quality that film or a sensor can't emulate. Almost painterly, without any computer-help.
This particular day, the wind was making the grass whisper, i can almost still here the conversations.
The image was taken with an 19th century magazine camera and a hand coated paper negative processed in a coffee based developer.


i have been a freelance photographer since about 1988, shooting everything from weddings to portraits to site architecture / documentation. while i have and use digital cameras, i would rather my initial image be created using traditional materials. i use film and paper and glass and metal as negatives. i coat things myself with emulsion. in addition to silver based images, i also make iron based ones, called cyanotypes.

John Nanian

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