End of the Line?

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We just found out this week that Harman Direct Positive Paper might be no more. The supplier company of the emulsion itself has gone into receivership, and manufacture of the product will thus be curtailed, unless cross-licensing and process recipe transfer can be arranged.

Going back through my archive of Harman Direct Positive prints, it seems I just didn't do enough work with this medium, despite my enthusiasm, to be able to say that I'm genuinely satisfied. And so it's a sad ending to a very promising field in photographic technology, one that promised the convenience expected of the modern digital era in a process simple enough to manage by the likes of me, yet one that delivered the goods in terms of image quality and physical tangibility. The worst part of it is all those people out there who never knew the joys of working in this medium, and who might have done so if properly encouraged. It really is a sad day, creatively.

Atonement must be made, a wake of sorts must be conducted. I would suggest we all get out there with whatever traditional creative tool or process it is that we use, whether it be manual typewriter, film camera or something more obscure, and have at it, invite the Muse in for a spell, and be lost in the joy of pure creativity.

Here's a article about this on my blog.

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