In Development: Adventures in Film, Volume 28

Part of the allure of this In Development project is that it forces me to reflect on my images long after they were taken. Not only does this infuse a little nostalgia (who knew I’d be looking back at the streets of Omaha with so much fondness?!), but it encourages me to critically assess my images. I typically review my images a day or two after I shot them, and my judgments of their quality mostly come from gut reactions. Because I don’t take my photography too seriously, I can get away with this. But in order to really progress in a field I think deliberate reflection is key (Perhaps deliberately reflecting on some old images would be a good journaling exercise/blog post…).

When I first got this roll of film back, I don’t recall being very impressed with the images. I think at this point I was still focusing so much on the technical details of the film process – Did I expose correctly? What’s the quality of the scans? etc. – that I forgot to consider how the images felt. My gut reaction was mostly “meh”. I’m so glad that I got to revisit this roll of film, though, and it’s become one of my favorites.

All photos were taken with my Leica MP and Leica 50mm Summicron Rigid on Ilford HP5+ shot at ISO 1600 and pushed two stops in development. They were developed and scanned by The FIND Lab, and I adjusted contrast, the tonal curve, and clarity to most of the images in Lightroom.

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