The ONE Project {Canberra Photographer}

The ONE Project Prints

When I chose the film for The ONE Project I just chose a film familiar to me. When photographing portraits and weddings in the start of my professional career, 20 years ago, I used Fuji films, hence the choice of Fuji Pro 400H

I knew I wanted to have fairly large images and to be honest I didn’t think too much about the extent of the grain visibility when printing 400 ISO colour negative film as large prints.

Dr Rowan Conroy at ANU Inkjet Research Facility
Dr Rowan Conroy at ANU Inkjet Research Facility, one of our major sponsors

With digital photography we are so used to clean grain free images, so it was a little shocking to see grain in my image, once scanned. This was also mentioned by a couple of the other participating photographers.

When using film in the early parts of my career as a professional photographer I especially loved grain in my black and white film work, often choosing 1600 ISO film and push processing it. When thinking about this now I feel quite nostalgic.

When viewing large prints we don’t stand close to them, we stand at a viewing distance to absorb the image as a whole.

If we are looking at the grain in the portrait print then in my humble opinion, the image hasn’t worked.

I had many discussions for and against using, scanning & digitally printing 400 ISO colour negative film, which I possibly should have had prior to the start of this project, but in the end I love the tactile look and feel of the prints I have seen so far.

Exhibition Opens: Thursday 25th February at Photoaccess in Canberra

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