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Recollections

written by: John Sexton

I never suspected that my life would be changed when I went to visit my high school friend, Mark, on Christmas night 1969. I went to see the gadget he had received that morning as a gift. What he showed me was a photographic enlarger. It didn’t take us long before we had turned his bedroom into a makeshift darkroom, complete with “safelights” comprised of a strand of red Christmas tree lights borrowed from the family Christmas tree. I was mesmerized as an image mysteriously appeared in a tray of what seemed to be dirty water. I have no recollection Read more »

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Patience, Practice, and Printing

written by: John Sexton

I made the image Lower Calf Creek Falls Detail in Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument on a blistering hot day. From delicate and subtle landscapes to jarring topography, Southern Utah is an always changing and wondrous portion of the planet. The three-mile round trip walk was indeed a warm one. My wife Anne and I walked at an accelerated pace from the most intense exposure to the sun to the mild relief found in the shade. Upon turning the last bend in the trail, we entered a cool and verdant paradise. The lush canyon was filled with the delicate whisper of Read more »

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The Alchemy of Silver

written by: John Sexton

These days I am often asked why I still work with traditional silver halide films and photographic papers, rather than the latest and greatest digital innovations. I believe I am asked this question so often because many photographers have decided to change their working methods to incorporate digital capture and digital printing, or are using a hybrid approach of exposing and scanning film and then printing digitally. For me, the answer to this question is simple. I love the alchemy of the classical silver halide photographic process, and still today find it to be magic… even after 40 years. I Read more »