If you flip back a few pages, you’ll see that I spent a few weeks in Paris back in May. I went with ten students, all young women (I’d never before recognized just how much gender influences a group dynamic).
Just two weeks in Paris, I didn’t think I could really sink my teeth into a real project with my photography. And yet, I’m not going to spend time in Paris and not photograph.
I decided to mix it up, and try something new. So I left for Paris with a camera new to me (an old Nikon FM2), and a pile of expired color film I got donated by Kodak. It was all crappy, consumer grade film, so I went with no expectations, just that I wanted to make pictures.
Quickly, I stumbled upon an idea, to make pictures of the girls I traveled with, though to also juxtapose or collage them with other pictures I made while wandering the streets of Paris.
The past few weeks, I’ve been working on printing the pictures. I think of this as an exercise, rather than anything too serious. Generally speaking, printing in color is new to me. And these are all chemically enlarged.
After printing the pictures, I make diptychs and triptychs with them, choosing different combinations to create new questions or narrative possibilities.
Here’s a taste of what I’ve done so far.