The Experimental Condition


The Experimental Condition is dedicated to presenting new approaches to the medium of photography. Photographic experimentation, the blending of unlikely materials to produce new photographic processes and new photographic devices is a permanent feature in photography’s short history. The tradition of experimentations continues into the present day with computer programs, silicon, and optics and with combining the new photographic processes with old processes. Where once there were no photographs, today photographs inhabit every public and private space so that no place and no event are beyond the reach of photography. Let us hope that the vast quantity of photographs which covers our world underscores as much what we still do not know about the world, and launches new searches into the unknown. The Experimental Condition is dedicated to the magic of photography, found in the combining of new and old processes.

David Arnold



David Arnold, Sand Bar, Kings Beach, Lake Tahoe.

 Sand Bar, Kings Beach, Northshore Lake Tahoe illustrates the principle of merging new process with old process, and that each step is an important link to new discoveries.  The blue/magenta tone in Sand Bar, Kings Beach, Northshore Lake Tahoe was produced by developing out-of-date Fuji Super HG 400, color negative film from the 1990’s, which was developed in Kodak D-76 at full strength, a developer designed for black and white negative film. After scanning the negatives on a Nikon 9000 film scanner, a set of three overlapped images where merged into the panorama format using Photoshop’s “photomerge” action. The Photoshop file was then output using a Epson 4800 printer onto fiber-base ink-jet digital printing paper.

©David Arnold, 2013.

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