Painting the Sky with the Passage of Time

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© Paul Lavallee
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Imagine the sunrises, sunsets, storms, and sunny days this water tower has seen in all its years. This day was not a particuarly memorable day in its history, but I will remember it as it appeared through the lens of my antique camera and now captured forever in this digital medium.

The Clack produces only 8 images on a roll of 120 film. This forces me to slow down and carefully compose each shot. This slowing down of time is exactly what is being portrayed in this photograph. The colors and clouds bleed into the background, highlighting how little has changed in this scene over time.

This photo is being featured at the 21st Annual Rhode Island Open at the Warwick Museum of Artfrom October 9 - November 3, 2007.

Created using my 1950's AGFA Clack with 4 year expired Fuji Velvia RVP120 (ISO 50) slide film cross processed with C-41. Photo scanned with an HP Scanjet 4890. No digital manipulation necessary!


23 responses

  • Natasha Footman

    Natasha Footman gave props (11 Aug 2007):

    Wow :)

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (13 Aug 2007):

    many of the prints my pro photo lab has made for me have these lines. its not from the scanner. i believe its a combination of the expired film & cross processing. whatever causes it, i love the look!

  • Sarah Hamilton

    Sarah Hamilton said (17 Aug 2007):

    This almost exploded my retna's

  • shomil shah

    shomil shah gave props (6 Sep 2007):

    wow! love the texture that the expired/cross processed film has taken in. this would be soo good in print!

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (6 Sep 2007):

    i finally got a good scan of this negative and uploaded it to imagekind (see link in description), so now it can be seen in print

  • Jonathon Robinson

    Jonathon Robinson gave props (20 Sep 2007):

    I love it

  • Jeff Clark

    Jeff Clark gave props (21 Sep 2007):

    I love the lines and organic feel of this.

  • Kirsten Alana

    Kirsten Alana said (22 Sep 2007):

    the look and color are fantastic, and I agree that the lines have their own special draw!

  • Andrea Tipple

    Andrea Tipple (Deleted) gave props (10 Oct 2007):

    this is sooo cool, love it :)

  • anna ana

    anna ana said (16 Dec 2007):

    nostalgic the tones

  • emre yıl

    emre yıl said (21 May 2008):

    güzel sözler
    sevgi sözleri

  • Paulo Rojas

    Paulo Rojas (Deleted) said (21 May 2008):

    Im in love with this photo...

  • Steve Wilson

    Steve Wilson (Deleted) said (28 May 2008):

    I have some expired 1990 Kodachrome. The processing is still available.
    This is magnificent, Paul.

  • solarnight9

    solarnight9 (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    Fantastic! Like an image in a dream that blurs over time.

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    great image

  • Hannah Wilson

    Hannah Wilson gave props (17 Nov 2008):

    the colors are gorgeous

  • Maureen Dai

    Maureen Dai gave props (18 Jun 2009):

    wow this is very cool

  • D. Treiber

    D. Treiber gave props (27 Jul 2009):

    Has an iconic look - well done.

  • Giuseppe Sabella

    Giuseppe Sabella said (17 Aug 2009):

    I like this allot, reminds me of something that would be on a pink floyd album.

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (15 Dec 2009):

    Remind me of my favorite cartoon "Animaniacs" =>

  • Dave Salinas

    Dave Salinas said (31 Dec 2009):

    amazing photo

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (2 Jun 2010):

    Oooh la la !

  • Bunny Safari

    Bunny Safari gave props (30 Jun 2010):

    I want to hug and squeeze this photo. Brilliant! Well composed.

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