Maris wrote:Ultimate conceptual integrity. The 8x10 is seen, exposed, processed, finished, mounted, and displayed without changing its original size or its original vision.
Maris, Therein lies the crux of the deal for me. I love working with 8x10 EXACTLY because of the continuity of perception....
I'd say all photographs made by contact with a negative the same size as the ground glass (ok, not groundglass) have an equivalent continuity and integrity. But what works in the 2.5"x 3.5" format might not look so good as a 20x24. Two exhibitions come to mind, Andre Kertesz and Man Ray. The Brisbane shows featured original contacts from roll film (rollfilm?) negatives which were absolutely exquisite. The subjects were mainly still lifes (The Fork by Kertesz for example) that suited a small format. There were also some giant enlargements which looked positively coarse in comparison."Lachlan717"]A 2 1/2 x 3 1/2" contact is also "…the same size as the groundglass [sic] image", as, too, are 4x5", 5x7", 11x14", 10x12", 14x17", 12x20", 7x17", 8x20", 20x24" et al.
I chose the 8x10 format because, to quote Ray Heath, "It is what I do". The rationale I present is part of the set of myths, mantras, and manifestos I tell myself to justify investing (wasting?) my life in this particular format and artform. Yea verily, I could still be mistaken.Why is 8x10 singled out as having "continuity of perception"? Isn't that the same, by physical process, for all contact prints made using view camera generated images, regardless of size?
Maybe I should have put it this way. If an 8x10 is the wrong size then an adequately astute photographer would not have made it in the first place. Ergo, the only 8x10s that get made are, for the size, the right ones. The same applies to all photographs made by contact from all formats. Obviously not all sizes suit all subjects.And, why do you feel that the 8x10 is "always the correct size" for a contact print at the expense of other formats' (contact print) sizes? ALWAYS correct?
Lachlan717 wrote:I really, really cannot stand the generalisations made here.
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