Sleeping Man, 1976

Sleeping Man  ca 1976.jpg

My passion for photographic processes and possibilities began with a tourist snapshot taken in Victoria, BC, Canada. It was a street scene with brick buildings and colorful flower baskets.

Months later, in the darkroom, I discovered compelling imagery I'd not noticed when I took the picture.

In 1976 I was learning to print and I knew that when a negative was nearly transparent the detail was lost in darkness. Looking through the lens of my enlarger I noticed, within a transparent place on this negative, suggestion of a shape below street level. I was intrigued and wanted to be able to see and print the details.

My curiosity resulted in learning how to create a paper negative and eventually to printing this image I called Sleeping Man. The grains of silver on my film had held the memory of something I'd not noticed.