In the old days of film, there were contact sheets. To create one in the darkroom, negatives were placed on a sheet of photo paper. A piece of glass is added on top to flatten it. It was developed like a regular black and white print.
The result is a visualization of the entire roll of film.
Nobody needs these anymore. Then again, the list of obsolete things grows in lockstep with my rapid aging.
I employ a simulation of a contact sheet as a graphic element in my book series.
Like most of my recent work, it’s for my own satisfaction. The appeal is a bridging of eras.
It’s an instant reply of the photo session in one glance.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.