“The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play,
his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation,
his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which;
he simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does,
leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing.
To him he is always doing both.”
Walking through the halls of Saint Martins for the first time, we completed the tour by heading down to the darkroom areas in the basement. The standard was far from the neatly kept and clean darkroom area I had seen at the Surrey Institute in Farnham. It went against all my previous darkroom training of keeping order. But that didn’t matter as soon as I saw a student walking past with the negative carrier tray for the darkroom enlarger filled with all kinds of layers and filters, making a triple big mac looking small in comparison. Coming from a tradition darkroom background with one negative inserted and printed at the time, being here felt right. A playground where anything goes. Try and fail. Try and fail harder. Faster. Smarter. Learn.
Heading back to the archive, ending up selecting one of my previous photo walks with Ian, images that already resulted in a previous blog post, I started re-working. Simple layering in photoshop. First step of exploration. More steps to come. Enjoy!