Guest Post – C.S. Young – Rustic

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography

It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest Guest Contributor C.S. Young

A small farm cabin off of Hwy 150 in Caswell County

When I was sixteen, my next-door neighbor introduced me to black & white photography, film processing and enlarging. I was intrigued. During my senior year in high school, I studied photography under Byron Baldwin at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, NC. The program offered an intensive study of black & white photography. I was hooked. Later, I would go on to enhance my technique in the Commercial Photography program at Randolph Technical College.

I remember loading a film spool in pitch darkness and sealing the loaded reel in a small stainless steel processing tank. Next came the chemicals; developer, stop bath and fixer. Then, using an enlarger to expose the negative on photographic paper, dodge and burn, and then watching with anticipation as the print revealed itself through a similar sequence of chemicals. Finally came cutting matts and mounting the best work.

In many cases, I find color in photography to be a distraction. Perceiving color takes a lot of mental processing overhead. Creatively, black & white offers a more heightened awareness of texture, patterns, shapes, tonality and use of dark & light space. I also feel the intensively manual process of shooting, developing and printing black & white afforded me a deep appreciation of how silver halides in a film or paper medium responded to controlled exposure to light.

I can appreciate those who currently take time to shoot with and process black & white film. For me, I’m satisfied working a digital workflow which usually completes with a software emulation of Agfa APX 100 b&w film using Alien Skin’s Exposure.

C. S.

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12 thoughts on “Guest Post – C.S. Young – Rustic

  1. Beautiful shot, C.S. I will take that cabin anytime. I had the same experience as you with black & white film. I took a course in junior college and was so into it that my father built me a dark room in our garage. I only used it for about 6 months because the next semester I went away to college.

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    1. Thanks Emilio! I have a ton of 35mm & 120mm negatives I would love to scan one day – when high speed, high quality and affordable solution becomes available. I just can’t bring myself to ship my archive to China to be scanned.

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