It never feels done

So I’ve finally hit the minimum number of pictures I wanted for my first book.

And with ten more rolls to get scanned I’m hopeful that I can really get strict with the editing.

It’s now 3:30am and for the last four hours I’ve been going through 19 rolls worth of scans I collect from my darkroom this evening.

From those 300+ images I was able to narrow it down to 83.

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My own process is pretty quick and straight forward. I don’t spend long thinking too much about the image and whether it’ll work or not. I tend to rely on gut and decide whether to keep it for the next round within a second or two.

After running through and selecting those 83 I then took a break for two hours. I find this helps me be more objective when I come back.

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Back when shooting digital I always edited images as soon as I got home. I already knew which were the ones I liked and I feel it tended to cloud my judgment at times. Now with shooting film again I have to wait.

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I’m getting these images back two, three weeks after shooting them. I’ve forgotten them. Each roll is exciting and I feel I can separate what I WANT to be good and what is ACTUALLY good.

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Two hours after the first edit I then set up on my monitor to do the final edit (including post process work.)

This took me around four hours and brought the 83 images down to a final 19. 

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I now have forty or so ‘keepers,’ for the book and fingers crossed will have about ten more from the final ten rolls. I will then edit these down to the best thirty-six to forty for the book.

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I will also revisit all the first edit images over the coming days and see if there’s any I missed, any that I glanced over at first. This is going to be the hard part, getting to the point where I’m almost certain that there’s nothing else there. That it’s done. 

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It never feels done. 

 

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