Ah perhaps we should combine the two. Poetry written on home-spun plates...
It is less costly in terms of raw materials, but I find writing to be much more time consuming. I'm never happy with the final written product so I keep at it... for years. Photography, on the other hand, forces you to compose on the spot, a lot more like rapid improvisational writing, right?
You are the 2nd experimental photographer(for lack of a better description of what I do) besides me,who is also a poet. I picked up the pen many years befor I picked up a camera.
Poetry is much less costly!
I can do semiconductor wafer spincoating. With my current setup, I can readily spincoat 6" wafers with extremely good uniformity. Been itching to try it with various emulsions. I am also itching to make some IR sensitized plates.
Yes, I do coat my own plates. But I am not very good at it. I am sure that a description of your coating method would be appreciated on the emulsion Forum.
I work with panchro emulsions and have to wear an IR "night vision" monocal when I coat. I need every suggestion out their!
Do you coat your own plates Bill? I've been meaning to start, I have a very good coating technique...
Perhaps now is the time for all the tradional film photographers to visit the Silver/Glatin Emulsion making forum on APUG. Also www.thelightfarm.com and www.alternative photography.com.
Instead of drinking yourself silly over the demise of film, make your own! I stopt buying KODAK stuff when they scraped Techpan. To hech with Kodachrome.
Fantastic story, I laughed all the way thru it! (I´m not 19 anymore either, you see )
Be well and wish you a good 2012
My thoughts are with you Chris. I know it's been a tough year for you and the family, and how you have approached it so logically is very admirable and healthy indeed. Interesting that you are taking up the other kind of shooting. I can relate to that parallel very well. When I lived in the UK, I used to have access to 300 acres of land to shoot on....I had an airgun and shotgun, and ate what I took. Shooting had been in my blood, my father shot pistol competitively for the metropolitan police when I was very young, and was permanently armed as one of the Royalty Protection Officers (Prince Charles body guard for a while). So I had the unusual for the UK anyway, upbringing where shooting and guns were normal. It was in my mid twenties that I found photography. That said, shooting guns and cameras seemed to go in cycles for me. Now that I live in MN, I continue to have this cycle of shooting both cameras and guns. At one point, I shot competitively too in the NRA Highpower Match competitions in the area....It got me into reloading ammunition, and yet another hobby started. So the parallels between the two are absolutely there. At the peak of my shooting career, I made it to Expert level, but never got to get up to distinguished as it took so much time discipline and work to get there. Then roles reversed and I went back to my photography cycle around 2007 and no longer shot competitively after that, only recreationally, and to practice for deer hunting and to go shoot with my son/ firearm safety and all that.
Photography is what keeps me occupied most of the time anymore. My guess is that you will be back in a little while. We all have to take a hiatus and do something different sometimes, but if the passion is there, I reckon there is room for both. That said, guns and cameras are addictive investments!! It can become so easy to get GAS when looking at all the choices. I hope your journey continues to be a good one, and that you and your kids have a great Christmas and New Year. Peace.