I started working with a strip of negatives some time ago, before packing up my darkroom in preparation for a move. I'll be setting back up soon, and will then get back to work on these particular negatives. The problem is, I don't know exactly how to do what I want to do. But now I've found this site where I can post darkroom questions and actually feel as if I might get some helpful answers... Hurrah!

So, I shot a few rolls of 120 in my Holga, with the frame counter set at 16 images for 645 but without the 645 mask. The results looked promising, but I'd used the last of my fixer to develop the film, and it was a Sunday. So I scanned them on my 5-year-old flatbed, because sometimes I can get a reasonable peek if the negatives are thin enough. The results were very flat, so I adjusted and adjusted and adjusted the levels in ps until I had nice contrast, but I ended up with huge lumps of grain resembling TV static. And it was PERFECT. Now, I'm a firm believer that anything that can be done in ps can be done in the darkroom BETTER, but I think I may need some help on this one.

Click on my name if you think you can help... I posted the full length image in my personal portfolio but the 650 pixel limit left it pretty small, so I cut it in half and posted that as a detail.

I do indeed have a plan... though I have no clue whether it will work or not. I developed some tmax 3200 in dektol just before I packed up. I was planning to enlarge that onto a 4x5" piece of arista ortholith to make a grain screen (side question - can I use the positive i get from the first enlargement, or do I need to make a negative from that?). I was then planning to sandwich the 'grain screen' with the roughly 6x18cm strip and enlarge in three 6x6 sections onto 8x10" ortholith, which I will then peice together (after reversing again) into an 8x24" negative. I thought I'd contact print it on rough textured cyanotype-sensitized 120lb fabriano paper, or perhaps use liquid emulsion, because it's so easy to distress afterwards. I even have the means to make a gum print (chemicals, equipment), but I haven't tried that yet...

So, is it a good plan, or am I doomed for failure? Has anyone ever tried anything like this before? If the challenge were yours, how would you go about recreating this digital 'effect' (aka accident)? I started working in alt. processes 6 months ago, so I'm a newbie, and you're welcome to talk down at me as such.

; )

Thanks in advance.

Aurore