03/04/2013 | by Tom Copsey
Monsieur Tanon has been working with us for a few years now, but we are always and every time amazed by his creativity, and his skills to shoot and develop analog photography. We actually wonder what is the biggest of his passions: snap his odd cameras, or put on his crazy chemist outfit in his lab and try the weirdest way to print his stuff. Anyway, this is one of his creations, and the explanation that goes with it.
Shayne Pospisil – Method – Arlberg, Austria. Silver-gelatin print.
ISO : 800
Camera: Pentax 67
Lens: Pentax 90 mm
Film : Ilford HP5+ pushed 1 stop
Paper : Ilford MG IV Fiber Matte 30×40 cm
That banger being in the box he went back up for a method as well, for his sole enjoyement!
I shot and processed this black and white film shot as usual, only the light was very dim so I had to push the film to 800 iso, therefore leaving it longer in the developper bath. Pierre Minhondo the main filmer from People and Elias Elhardt hiking back on the side gave me a perfect balance for the framing. The balance and the proportions is the main thing I focus on when looking through the finder. I snapped the “one shot one try” picture and hoped for the best, the best which happened in my darkroom when I made this print with my enlarger. After the exposure, when dodging and burning with tools and hand shadow games is done, instead of putting the paper in the developper bath, I put the chemistery on the paper directly with a brush. It’s a great game to play because the result of each stroke only appears a minute later. It’s usually hard to get a good contrast because the chemicals get used very quickly and stop reacting, but this one worked well.
This galley hip pretty much saved our day in the bad weather of Arlberg. The People crew wanted to make the best out of their trip to Europe and that landing spoke for itself when we found it. A bit of shape later for the inrun and the kicker, Shayne and Elias started flying pretty hard over the lip. Elias was into good old backside airs when Shayne actually did a indy nosebone turned into an un-expected backside 180 in the middle of the air. Crazy. That banger being in the box he went back up for a method as well, for his sole enjoyement.