LomoChrome Metropolis Kickstarter

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I recently backed this campaign and would like to invite anyone interested in the preservation & continued growth of film photography to check out the Kickstarter page .

The main reason I deiced to back this project outside of Lomography’s continued commitment to all things analogue is that. I’ve had an interest in the bleach bypass process of C41 color negative film for some time now, kicked off by discovering the work of one of Japans greatest cinematographers Kazuo Miyagawa, which has inspired several new projects of my own using this processing technique.

I noticed right away that LomoChrome Metropolis exhibited some of the same features straight out of the box with no additional processing such as reduced saturation & increased contrast. I plan to compare this with film developed using the actual bleach bypass processes. With Cinestill C41 color development chemicals as well as their new F96 B&W - Bleach Bypass rapid fixer powder used with an as yet decided color negative film for comparison. I’m a big fan of powder chemicals, and as a side note I hope Cinestill can create something new with E6 development chemicals.


One project I specifically have in mind for LomoChrome Metropolis & bleach bypass in general, is a triptych of close up nude portraits, for submission to a nude gallery show. As I feel this look can be used for a more expressionist approach to the Nude. A paragraph from the campaign can be found below.


”Fight back against the flood of fake imagery, staged vacation shots, carefully curated spontaneity, countless selfies and empty images – devoid of meaning, love and sincerity. Take a deep breath and go back to the basics with film photography. Learn anew the feeling of surprise and uncertainty, build true connections with your subjects and realize the true value of images. LomoChrome Metropolis pays homage to the mother of all colors: black! Search for rays of color in a sea of lightless skyscrapers, frame your subject as they trudge the streets of ghost towns, and disappear down sparsely lit subway entrances – embrace urban annihilation and take portraits unlike anything else. And if you happen to find yourself lost in nature: capture shaggy sheep in the Scottish Highlands, dawn creeping along the Mekong, or weathered wildebeest skeletons by the gates of Windhoek. Inspired by stark images of expressionism and modern urbanism, LomoChrome Metropolis is the newest flavor in film photography – bringing the fresh taste of adventure to analog artists around the globe – standing proud where megapixels and software matter no more.”

(Any products mentioned in this post have been personally purchased by myself & not received for writing any reviews or posts.)

Lexington Poetry Month Day 30

Suminagashi: Cold Soba

Boiled buckwheat done
ice bath cooling noodles now
dashi broth simmers

Blanched leaves of bok choy
bean sprouts cabbage placed close by
fresh pickled onions

Sesame seeds toast
sweet and sour umami
taste buds tingle soon

Photo of latest Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper.

Photo of latest Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 29

In The Lighthouse

Shifting sands on shores
twilight teased of night times fright
still harbors slumber

Kennebec flows fast
when tides rise with full moons glow
salt tinged rivers surge

Twas around this time
a year ago he was lost
some ships disappear

Others find new docks
widows walk each night waiting
for the boats return

At doubling point
she climbed the rough wooden spire
releasing her heart

Closed eyes saw no fall
tense muscles felt no water
as the body crashed

Drifting out to find
her hearts true cemetery
among ocean wrecks

A flame not light shines
lingering near old candles
inside the lighthouse


Film photograph (Velvia 100 Medium format shot on the Fuji Gw690iii) Blended with a new Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper, shot on the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm F/2

Film photograph (Velvia 100 Medium format shot on the Fuji Gw690iii) Blended with a new Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper, shot on the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm F/2

A Side Note

I encourage anyone who values ethics and the change for a better country for the average citizen to learn about Bernie Sanders. Once you understand what hope he gives for us please donate. I just did.

https://berniesanders.com/static/donate.html

https://berniesanders.com/static/donate.html

Lexington Poetry Month Day 28

Hour Of The Wolf

Barren Landscapes loom
Faroe Islands soft whisper
Guides the artists hand

Demonic daydreams
mirror horrific drawings
displaying madness

Webs of delusion
craft ghostly conversations
around dark tables

The hour ticks closer
a bleak tension falls over
an artists lost mind

Latest Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper. Poem & Print  are inspired by the movie Hour Of The Wolf, Directed by Ingmar Bergman with cinematography from the master Sven Nykvist.

Latest Suminagashi print on Mulberry paper. Poem & Print are inspired by the movie Hour Of The Wolf, Directed by Ingmar Bergman with cinematography from the master Sven Nykvist.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 27

Suminagashi: Collision Duality

Palpable portent
grinding friction pulls harder
upon soft wet hands

Stunning confusion
anatomy of a crash
releasing tension

Forceful fluids blend
bouncing heads jerking wildly
dripping sweat comforts

Latest Suminagashi Print on Mulberry Paper.

Latest Suminagashi Print on Mulberry Paper.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 26

The Principle of Inertia

Forward tendency
velocity changes swiftly
memories linger

Directional shift
momentum alteration
abrupt end affects

A continuum
categorize tragedy
in constant motion



Light Painting made with the Fujifilm XT-3

Light Painting made with the Fujifilm XT-3

Lexington Poetry Month Day 25

External Hard Drive :404

File not found, refresh
a corrupted condition
portable heartache

Dismissive data
emotional estrangement
megabyte moments

Made external drives
codified coding contains
viral delusions

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Lexington Poetry Month Day 24

(This is todays real Haiku another was posted on the Poetry website as a protest to religious laws violating the rights of non-believers.)

Congress Shall Make No Laws Respecting An Establishment Of Religion

Strike down old blue laws
separation must maintain
protest the pastors

Burn all effigies
virus spreading ignorance
religion must fall

Three burnt film negatives layered, Two Fujifilm 200 & Ilford HP5.

Three burnt film negatives layered, Two Fujifilm 200 & Ilford HP5.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 23

Suminagashi: The Print

Erratic ink bends
replication unlikely
unattainable

Life in blurring lines
water kissed washi drips art
while pulling wet prints

Photograph of Suminagashi print on mulberry paper. Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 8-16mm WR F/2.8

Photograph of Suminagashi print on mulberry paper. Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 8-16mm WR F/2.8

Lexington Poetry Month Day 22

Suminagashi: Oni

Water tension breaks
dancing brushes skip across
ink drop spiral flow

A kimon ripple
unleashed shapeshifting yokai
oni in the waves

Photograph of Suminagashi print on mulberry paper. Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm WR F/2.

Photograph of Suminagashi print on mulberry paper. Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm WR F/2.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 21

Suminagashi: Kaizen

Floating ink not weeds
Ozu crafted ellipsis
with tatami shots

Master of the house
is celluloid suffering
of Mizoguchi

Miyagawas eyes
remain atop the mountain
stillness or tracking

Constantly crafting
cinemas forward motion
unbroken moments

Gifted invention
a bleach bypass processing
new roadmaps for use

Akira came close
mostly with Sanjuros help
yet still a craftsman




My latest Suminagashi print used in a double exposure with my watercolor study of Katsushika Hokusai woodblock print of Mount Fuji. Using the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm WR F/2. Edited for a bleach bypass look in honor of Miyagawa.

My latest Suminagashi print used in a double exposure with my watercolor study of Katsushika Hokusai woodblock print of Mount Fuji. Using the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm WR F/2. Edited for a bleach bypass look in honor of Miyagawa.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 20

The Witches Moth Brought Wings of Pestilence

Circle measures nine
quarter candles colour night
scaled wings summoned forth

Natural plagues cast
extinguishing mans malice
earths retribution

Double exposure with the Fujifilm XT-3  & XF 23mm f/2 R WR. Very few edits for a DaDa affect. Sometimes I scare even myself.

Double exposure with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm f/2 R WR. Very few edits for a DaDa affect. Sometimes I scare even myself.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 19

Expressionist Dreamcatchers

Arachnids weaving
a silken dreamcatchers thread
shadow visions creep

Twisting webs capture
passing emotive insects
cocooned house flies squirm

Bleak structural strands
nightmarish filament scene
psychological

Analytical
archetypal spiders craft
Jungian photos

Digital photograph of a house spider, edited for an expressionist look(think The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm f/2 R WR.

Digital photograph of a house spider, edited for an expressionist look(think The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari). Taken with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 23mm f/2 R WR.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 18

The Changing Climate of Ineffectual Leaders

Equilibrium
irreverent policies
contain destruction

Flooded rivers
will soon be coastlines loss
patterns adjusted

Anthropocene age
greed comes before the planet
logic is not present

Melting ice gives rise
to waves of incompetence
floating weak ideas

Enemy of reason
with our earths balance lost
oil is on our hands


Slow Motion Video with the Fujifilm XT-3 & XF 8-16mm the XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR(I love this lens) using the Acros film simulation.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 17

Reflecting Rules

Crisp air amongst us
impression fading quickly
leaves dance with ripples

Painting on water
autumns anticipation
contemplation study

Blurring motion sways
our emotional moments
shifting shadows loom

Digital Photograph with the XT-3 & XF 18-55. Focus was used for effect while photographing water to achieve an Impressionistic look.

Digital Photograph with the XT-3 & XF 18-55. Focus was used for effect while photographing water to achieve an Impressionistic look.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 16

Crossing Genetic Rivers

Consequence unknown
culmination conclusion
significance lost

Invasive species
environmental chaos
short term solution

Film Photograph on CineStill 50D. Shot on the Nikon F2

Film Photograph on CineStill 50D. Shot on the Nikon F2

Lexington Poetry Month Day 15

Genetically Altered Forest

Ethereal scene
molecular landscape haunts
grotesque genetics

Distorted forests
disintegration lichen
spreading as mans fire

Two Film photographs blended. Fuji 200 & Ilford HP5, shot on the Nikon F2. Done in the style of DaDa collage.

Two Film photographs blended. Fuji 200 & Ilford HP5, shot on the Nikon F2. Done in the style of DaDa collage.

Lexington Poetry Month Day 14

Sunflower Galaxy

A spiral vision
seeds indicate duplex light
surreal sunflower

Infrared picture
black hole symmetries pulling
emission petals

Composite digital & film photo. taken with Fujifilm XT-3, XF  23mm f/2 R WR, Nikon F2 and Ilford delta  3200

Composite digital & film photo. taken with Fujifilm XT-3, XF 23mm f/2 R WR, Nikon F2 and Ilford delta 3200

Lexington Poetry Month Day 13

Optical Lattice

Initiation
matrix coalescence core
lustrous glowing beams

Divergent photons
polarization design
periodic shift

Alignment confines
fragments simulate crystal
like lattice structures

Imprisoned particles
may exercise migration
quantum tunneling

Light Painting on Film. Shot on Kodak Ektar 100 with the Nikon F2

Light Painting on Film. Shot on Kodak Ektar 100 with the Nikon F2