"The Middle" A Ongoing Image Series

What is The Middle?

When I started this series it was meant to be about small town middle America, or whats left of them. Forgotten Main streets, abandoned industries, lost dreams. There are so many of these small to medium sized towns that seem to be ignored, but yet they still go on. People still live there small business manage scrape by and survive.


As time went on I began to realize that there is more to this photo series, Its also the middle “class”, it’s people with a central political stance. In todays political and social environment, I feel all that is discussed is the top 1% the uber rich, or the poor. The middle class is ignored. Its also seems that your either hard right wing or hard left wing, and anything in-between is disregarded. 


This series will continue to grow, and my goal is have a selected group of prints for gallery shows.


Please continue to check back to see new images and new towns, follow me and my travels and exploration on my instagram feed.

I will try to update the gallery often, but here is the full gallery on my smugmug site

https://studio760.smugmug.com/The-Middle/

Color Prints in the Darkroom

Working with color in the dark room is very challenging, but a rewarding experience.

     I start by making test strips. The first test strip is to determine a exposure time. The color head works by mixing white light with color filters and then sending that light through the color negative to the paper. There are 3 filters to adjust, Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow. I start with 0-cyan 40-magenta 40-yellow. I set my timer for 2 second bursts and I cover the photo paper with a piece of cardboard that I move across the paper to achieve a range from 2 to 16 seconds. At this point i can determine a exposure time and review the color cast of the print and then make adjustments to the filters to adjust the print to achieve good color balance. By adding or removing color the light is filtered through, I can adjust the color of the print, I generally try to get the white areas to look correct first then balance the other colors from there.