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Jessalyn on the merry-go-round
Image by WarzauWynn
My girlfriend at the time playing in an elementary school yard.
This is another shot from high school photography. In the negative the sky was really white and she was a silhouette. In the dark room I exposed the negative, developed and stopped. Normally at this point if you want to solarize the photo you take the print back to the enlarger and blast it with light. The white areas become black, and you get tiny white borders around the high contrast edges. Grey areas stay grey. One of my favorite techniques was to not blast with white light, but expose a texture the second time. This creates a texture in the solarized areas that is similar to what tons of people do with photoshop layers.
So there you have it, proof that photoshop layering techniques existed before photoshop and can be done with analog photography. Don’t expect that proof to stop the holy war between purist digital photographers and the photoshopping graphic designers.
See more like this in my High School Photography set.
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