I remember Sam Wang telling me in grad school that someone
said maybe it'd be a great thing if all the images from the
past were lost in a flood and the slate were wiped clean. I
was horrified at the loss of art history but you
know--there's a point in there.
Why I like gum printing is the making of the image is much
more enjoyable than the taking. I get excited to get into
the darkroom but right now my house is the PITS with trays
of water all over and negatives strewn about.
And I much prefer gum PRINTING than writing about gum :)
And I don't get any time left over to plant eggplants and
clementines...tho they would freeze out in this 12 degree
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From: Diana Bloomfield <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: problem
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2008 13:18:26 -0500
>Well, I sometimes wonder that, too-- if to "simply burn it
>all and start from scratch" might be best. When I'm not
>home, but in town, and I hear fire alarms in the area, I
>always worry that it's my house that's burning to the
>ground while I'm out buying eggplant or clementines.
>It's like this big dark cloud that hovers over me, until
>I finally get home and see that all is well. Still . . . I
>often wonder what I would do if all my negatives, prints,
>and digital files were destroyed in this imaginary house
>fire, or what I'll do if that big satellite that's gonna
>fall from the sky next month or whenever, will drop right
>on my house. I have to admit, if I lost all my negatives
>, etc, I'd be really upset for a while; on the other hand,
>I think it sure would provide a nice clean fresh start.
>Maybe we (I) wouldn't feel so restricted in what and how
>I chose to photograph and print if the slate were wiped
>totally clean. That's what I wonder, anyway.
>On the other hand, I like that I have so many negatives
>that I never have to go out and photograph anymore if I
>don't want to. Like you, I think I could just sit here
>and print the rest of my life, and that would be fine.
>When I think about doing that, though, I get worn out. I
>think I've realized that the part I like best about
>photography is the actual photographing. Deep down, I
>don't think I ever really liked to print. If I had an
>amazing space in which to work, then maybe I'd like it
>better. Then again, that would just put more pressure on
>me to print, because I have this great space.
>The hard drive on my 1 year old laptop crashed last week,
>and I lost everything on it. I had a new hard drive put
>in, and I found it really liberating to start fresh. The
>person who replaced the hard drive gave me a card for one
>of these companies that will try to reclaim your files
>for you. I kept the card but decided not to do anything
>about it. After a week, I can't even remember what I had
>on it, so I figured that was similar to keeping old
>clothes that you never wear, just hanging around in your
>closet taking up space. If you haven't worn them in over
>a year, you ought to just bite the bullet and get rid of
>So, yeah, I have similar problems. My main problem is that
>I could sit around and think about this stuff all day and
>never get anything done. It's quite a dilemma, for sure.
>Good luck with your storage system, or lack of, Sandy. :)
>> Not sure why others are not posting but in my case it is
>> not because of happy printing. I am in something of a
>> major funk regarding the dismal lack of organization in
>> my system of negative storage. I have been going
>> through hundreds of negatives that were not well
>organized and filed over a period of many years and trying
>> to put them into some kind of category or date system.
>> The task is quite overwhelming and makes me realize
>> that even I never make another negative I already have
>> so many that I would be lucky to print even 1/10 of
>them. And after several days of doing this I still have
>> not located the lost or misplaced negatives that set
>>all of this off.
>> The whole experience has made me quite depressed and I am
>> starting to wonder if it would not be best to simply
>> burn all of them and start from scratch. Is anyone else
>> having similar problems, or is this just a side effect
>>of my bi-polar tendencies?
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College of Arts and Architecture
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P.O. Box 173350
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