I spent a lot of time this morning with Antoine D’Agatas’ book Anticorps, which is truly monumental. As so often happens after spending some time with this book I feel the urge to explore gritty grainy pictures again, and as I have drifted back towards B&W images over the last few weeks I thought it a good time to rework photographs that never made the cut in previous revisions. Reading Anticorps also made me wonder if images that lacked a little something could be made interesting using this process. To get what I wanted was relatively simple with Photoshop and a film noir filter in Niks’ Silver Effects Pro. By the end of the day I had processed a large number of pictures and was growing a little bored when I found this picture taken in Shakespeare’s Bookshop in Paris. The picture I immediately titled the Chattering Typewriter, and if you think about the writers who were once linked to this bookshop, a chattering type-writer in this store is a good thing to have.
The beauty of the film noir process is that it extracts detail that would otherwise be either lost or look over-processed with normal development. So this picture is a bonus, which without re-reading Antiorps I doubt I would have even looked at.
As for Antoine D’Agata himself, I guess that’s a guy who is living and dying for his art.
18-70mm, f3.5, 1/8sec, ISO200