This is the first image I took with the New55 PN Instant film. It's not impressive (my picture, no the film), but I have to say that I like it. In part, because I took it and why would I myself unconscious want me to feel bad for taking a rather crappy photo? This is the Stata Center at MIT, which houses the Computer Science Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, among other things. You can see that the emulsion (punctated circles) was removed during the fixing process. I was likely too rough with the agitation. I am an impatient person. The edges are black because the chemical pack that spreads across the photo sensitive sheet did not burs throughout the entire 4" x 5" area. I rather like the look. This result could be a problem with the 545 film holder roller or the packet didn't pop well. There's also a strong light leekk going on here. Not sure why this is the case. I think that when I remove the film (in the L position) the metal edge of the film slips off allowing in some light. On a few occasions the film was completely exposed. Sadness. Still, in the future I will keep the imperfections. Why?Because like photography, science is too imperfect. We can't just delete and ignore data, we have to trouble shoot, figure out what went wrong, correct our technique or the very notion of the project. That being said, I doubt this will make it into the series, but who knows? More to come!
This blog post is part of my Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) Grant, which I was awarded in May of 2016. As part of this project I am documenting my documentation of neuroscience research, the people that conduct said research, and the spaces where research takes place using New55 PN large format instant film.