Getting Schooled at Art School Part 2
Things have been pretty slow on the music front over the last ten days which is good since I’ve been spending most of my time in the dark room at Emily Carr. I’ve been managing to practice daily but it’s been a while since I spent so little time sitting at the drums. In fact I’m not sure that I’ve spent this much time on something other than the drums in many years. It’s probably healthy.
What’s not healthy is my mental state after five hours in the dark room with an enlarger and a box of photo paper. The more time I spend trying to get the perfect black (“none more black”) the more I appreciate my DSLR, Photoshop and Camera Raw. Of course that’s not to say I’m not enjoying myself. It’s great to be learning something new and it’s always good to be around inspired people who are working hard at their craft.
One of the few things saving me from my frustration is watching other, more experienced photographers, painstakingly developing their prints. Seeing someone tear up what looked to me to be an incredible print because they didn’t think it was perfect makes me want to get back in there and do everything all over again. I guess it’s no different than chasing that perfect take in the recording studio.
So what are you doing in there anyway?
I’ve been working on two separate projects for the course I’m taking at Emily Carr (I blogged about the class previously HERE). One project I shot primarily with my DSLR (although I did shoot a few rolls of film as well) while the second project, which has really been my main focus for class, was shot entirely with film.
Project number one was simple enough in that it was familiar subject matter. My goal was to document the making of a jazz record. From the rehearsal, to the studio, and on to the stage (haven’t got to this part yet). Nothing earth shattering but perhaps something interesting to folks who are not musicians. There were a few problems to do with lighting and not using a flash but mostly this was pretty straight forward with the editing being the only major challenge (I need to choose 24 out of 1200+ photos).
My second project has proven to be a bit more frustrating and will not likely be completed to my satisfaction in the neer future. As some of my readers know I’m a long time boxing fan. Boxing gyms are very unique places and documenting all of the different charters that show up to train on a daily basis seemed like a good idea. Where I train here in New Westminster on any given day you might run into the Canadian Light Heavyweight Champion, a pair of young brothers who’s uncle brings them to “keep them out of trouble”, students, actors, yoga instructors, retired fish plant operators, plumbers, retired prize fighters and of course the odd jazz musician. You might meet someone from Prince George or you might might meet someone from Uganda. It’s a diverse and fascinating crowd.
I’ve had two main challenges with this project. The first problem I could see coming and that was my stubborn desire to shoot the whole thing with film. The lighting is bad, everyone is constantly moving, and I never use a flash. Not exactly a recipe for success. The second problem which I had not foreseen is that it’s summer and a lot of people are away or not training. I have managed to get a fair bit of material but there’s a few key players I’m still missing. In the meantime I have plenty of work to do in the dark room.
So that’s what I’ve been up to.
Next up: vacation.