@baleen Thank you for the affirmation. Obviously some of the most groundbreaking work has been done on 35mm. The Clifford Ross and Richard Serra references were enlightening though, those are both really interesting projects and they seem to not just only be about being large, but using that size to deliver a greater meaning that was very intentionally designed from the get-go.
@wselman totally agree on photo books, I think those or zines are a great way to share work and create a tangible, physical product that people of all different geographies can experience, I definitely have aspiration to pull together work into a project like that at as I shoot much more, I just feel like I have a small collection of shots I really like, as opposed to a library capable of telling a well fleshed out story at this point.
@mnm207 Good point on fighting the qualities. I’ve made the decision, at the moment, that film is where I want to be. I’m only shooting tri-x developed in diafine for a speed boost, and I just want to learn more within that parameter. I am building out a small darkroom in my apartment and the ability to take shots, dev myself, select my favorite negatives then print, with no computer required has been really fun and rewarding so far. Not totally averse to digital processes, for scanning or arranging zines/books down the line, just not my primary focus. That’s also interesting about just leaving images unframed, idk if I would have the guts to take stuff into a gallery setting without doing so.
After some brief existential crisis, I’ve decided to pick up a TLR and some 120 tri-x and see how I like slowing down the process of shooting even more. Ideally I want to get some nicely street shots with the goal of blowing up somewhere around ~3-to-5 6x6 negatives to 20"x20", sometime later in 2023. In thinking about the value of the work, I just want to capture the human condition in a way that allows me to express my own personality. I don’t think this format will make me any better at that, but I find myself attracted to the square format and the different impact, maybe more confrontational?, that larger completed works can have.
While I wait for the weather to warm up and people to really be out on the streets, I’m going to work on getting some archival quality 11x14s out of my favorite 35mm shots so far and see how I feel about those compared to the 4x5 test shots I’ve made so far.
I did find a suitable tray for larger stuff already, so progress towards going big is already underway!
Thanks everyone for the advice, it’s funny but not surprising that even as I’ve looked for photography advice and not music production, that this is still one of the more thoughtful places online.