Jennifer Sullins by Justin Tyler Norton
© Justin Tyler Norton 2013, All rights reserved.
One of the most challenging qualities of film photography caught my attention from the start: the darkroom. The influence of a photograph is greatly determined in this process, as subjects and ideas are better resolved. A finished photographic print tells me things that no other process does. It becomes a starting point to evaluate an idea, or to reconsider the technique applied. I believe it is a key to the nature of the art, and a means to further express personal interests.
Similar to the cycles of drawing and painting, to which the elegance of a line coupled with the strength of mass may create an overwhelming sensation. The inherent elements of the process and how they are applied radically influence the finish. The darkroom is an arena for those with an insatiable desire to better understand the process of film photography; and to continually refine applied methods with intent.
While I begin to exhibit work in galleries, further explore ideas and subjects, and implement new photographic methods, I intend to continue printing by hand to create the most resounding images possible.J. T. NORTON
The value and rank of every art is in proportion to the mental labour employed in it, or the mental pleasure produced by it.
—Discourses on Art, Sir Joshua Reynolds 1771