Ending the year with nitrate in my hands and images in my mind

Finally, trying to close the year with beautiful art and memories in my mind. It is good to remember what fulfill your heart (or liver) and make you happy. So many lessons, some few learned, but overall thankful of my family, friends, profession and of be alive.
 
Being bipolar and working on the dark room -usually when the mania is on the rise (but under control thanks to the medication)-, it’s a struggle constant between the rush and emotion of create and create, and create and… the need to keep myself focused on each task and be careful in each step.
 
You can see a lot of it in my blog, some times the flood gates are open and I make a bunch of mistakes and other ones when I’m able of slow down a bit I’m able of obtain some niece pieces (in both cases I learn a lot).
 
For me the dark room is a therapy, a heaven and a bit of a purgatory.
 
In a world in which everything seems to be fast, transitory, in which many people thinks that to take or create photographs is simply make a click, it is beautiful to stop and to think the images, the motives, the paper, the chemistry, to take the time to work on the negatives, to make tests, to make mistakes, to learn while you create, and with a bit of luck and a lot of hard work finally produce a couple of images that you consider are good enough.
 
A beautiful Amerindian kid knitting on the streets of Popayán (I suppose, it is an old picture). Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 5 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 5 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse.
 
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This one is my homage (another attempt) to the memory and legacy of the Mayor Chávez. Still need to improve the negative, but I’m close now. Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 5 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 5 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse.16-12-29_0002_resize
My old man. Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 10 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 10 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse.
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Test for La série des coins https://www.behance.net/gallery/36646381/La-srie-de-coins. Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 10 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 10 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse.16-12-29_0004_resize
My mom, a classic beauty, reminds me some old fashion shot . Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 12 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 11 minutes stop bath, 9 minutes fixer 15%, 20 minutes rinse. I love it even with that crazy and unexpected dark spot on her nose.16-12-29_0005_resize
Mom’s hand and pineapple (again). Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 10 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 10 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse.16-12-29_0006_resize
Juan Yonda, my second dad, Ambaló Reservation, Nasa Aboriginal People. Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 10 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 10 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse. Need to work more on the negative, but I like this version, very dramatic in the light and shadows but also subtle in the overall tone.16-12-29_0007_resize
Ludy and Itsa, Bogotá’s hotel, Nasa Aboriginal People. Watercolor paper St. Couthbert 300 grs. 10 minutes exposure under a wonderful sun. 10 minutes stop bath, 10 minutes fixer 15%, 12 minutes rinse. Need to work more on the negative, a lot more, but I like the overall tone. Not close enough but a step forward in any case.16-12-29_0008_resize
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