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    Trash-o-type

    I can't imagine that I'm the first person to be collecting what I've been calling 'Trash-o-types', but I haven't see any references to them on web so I wrote up the creation of one on my blog, but its copypasta below.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45618841@N03/4935677958/

    The above image is what I've been calling a trash-o-type. It is made (or should I say discovered?) when a piece of photosensitive paper is discarded. As the paper sits in the trash it will come into contract with photochemistry residue from all sorts of darkroom related trash. It is 'finished' by a prewash, a fixer bath, then a final wash.


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/45618841@N03/4935086505/
    *The story behind the creation of a trash-o-type*

    I'm in my darkroom and I will be trying my best to make a beautiful print and I am only succeeding in frustering myself with the results. I toss an early screw up into the trash (I dodge the wrong corner, with the wrong filter, for the wrong time. Gah!). I continue to print and forget about the discarded paper. The bit of paper gets dripped on from various darkroom related trash and exposed to whitelight.

    Days later I am taking out the trash and I see a record of my darkroom work. It wasn't intentional, but is beautiful- and chaotic. I take it out of the trash and wash it in water for a few minutes, then fix and follow with a final wash.

    The print looks strange in the final wash with the rest of my prints. But once all the prints are hung on the line; it is the trash-o-type that stands out.

    I never actively try to make a trash-o-type, but if I notice paper in the trash starting to 'mature' then I might make a mental note to check it later... and perhaps abstain from emptying the trash for a few days.

    I think it would be counter to the nature of the trash-o-type to try and actively produce them. To me they are beautiful manifestations of chaos and chance, and a fantastic pick-me-up to discover after a unlucky day of printing. The fact that they are produced during the failures of other prints makes them all most take on the missing qualities of the discarded prints.

    And being a one of a kind in the age of mechanical reproduction is icing on the conceptual cake.

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    Those look neat.

    I used to keep them. Then I realized that that last thing I need is more crap floating around my darkroom, so I stopped. Every now and then, a nice one will catch my eye, though.
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    OMG, I'm upset by the thought of all of the masterpieces that I have unwittingly thrown away all these years!



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    Congratulations alexhill, you may be the first to admit it.
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    similar idea as with 'chemical painting'
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    needless to say they look much better in person. (I didn't set up my lights and polarizers to photograph them)

    2F/2F, I totally understand the clutter problem. I say to myself, how much space does an 8x10 take up? Next thing I know I've got a couple thousand prints chilling in boxes filling up my shelves. I know a lot of people who keep test strips though... So thank goodness I'm not that bad

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    I had been casting about for a good term for this process, if "process" is the word for it. I am hereby officially (?) adopting yours!

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    One more aspect of analogue that the digi folks are missing out on.
    WYSIWYG - At least that's my goal.

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    more trash

    I knew I had these somewhere, but it took time to ferret them out. I had posted them to the gallery a couple of years ago. I called them "Found Art", but I really like the "Trash-o-type" label
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails found art 1.jpg   Found Art 2.jpg  

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    Wow, both alexhill's and sly's are quite beautiful!

    I'm a fan.
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