BLACK & WHITE EXHIBIT
From earliest memory I have loved the visual arts. I cannot envision my life without something creative happening. Photography was not something I set out to do, but after that first experience in the darkroom where a blank piece of photo paper magically transformed into a black and white image, I was hooked and my passion expanded as my knowledge increased.
Sometimes we are given a day with far from perfect lighting conditions. We have that time only. The photos must be taken. That is where darkroom skills are truly tested. Unlike digital photography that can be changed with a few deft moves, the darkroom represents a different kind of challenge. Both can be challenging and offer opportunities to express creativity so then it becomes a matter of personal choice.
To further the joy of the process, I began hand coloring some of he black and white silver gelatin prints creating images as I wanted to see them, not how they actually existed. I never really liked processing color film so this method affords me a way to be creative with color. Each photo is totally unique. The subtleties are mesmerizing for me. Hand coloring continues to be one of my favorites photographic skills.
Judith Lennox Sabatini