Isolation Antidotes (4): Light In the Darkness

This is among the last photos that I made on conventional film, on November 11, 1999 (it just happened to coincide with my parents’ wedding anniversary). I was on assignment in France, had just finished the day’s work, and was en route to my next assignment. As the sun was setting, a squall came in with a brief window under it, which resulted in one of the most spectacular rainbows that I have ever experienced. I had only a couple of minutes to dash across a wet field of grass to a place where I could get the foreground that I saw in my mind’s eye and, when I found it, only time enough to make three exposures before the clouds closed in and the rainbow disappeared. This was my favorite. The closest village was Naves, a commune in the Corrèze département in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

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25 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (4): Light In the Darkness

  1. Back in the days of Kodak and the roles of film. I much prefer the digital age now, but your photo from back then really shines with that rainbow and the darker backdrop. Very nice, Gary. It has bags of mood, and I like that.

  2. Vicki says:

    Absolutely stunning, Gary. How lucky you were that day.

    • krikitarts says:

      And lucky not to have tripped and fallen in my rush to get this composition. I was going way too fast for the terrain and light conditions. I’d hate to try that with today’s knees!

  3. Oui, that sure is a mighty rainbow, or ‘arc in the sky” as the French call it.

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Wow! What a rainbow! It looks like the gateway to heaven.

  5. krikitarts says:

    I remember how excited I was, and how much I was hoping it would last just a little longer!

  6. That’s quite a fabulous rainbow, Gary. How fortunate to be in the right place etc. The only rainbows I get to see lately are ice prisms. This is wonderful. Like Peter says, I prefer digital these days but back in the day film did good stuff and this is evidence.

    • krikitarts says:

      There really was a sense of mystic alchemy to traditional film processing and print making, wasn’t there? Loading bulk film into cassettes; handling the exposed film oh, so carefully; the olfactory high of the stop bath and fixer; the test exposures; and the pure magic of watching the fine print slowly come to life–what a labor of love! Of course, if we didn’t really love it, we never would have spent all the time that was necessary to do it right!

      • Yes, it was indeed magical to see something “develop” before our eyes. There isn’t the same excitement digitally. But I don’t miss the chemicals at all.

  7. Mike Powell says:

    Let me join the chorus of those praising you, Gary. That is an amazing shot for so many of the reasons that others have mentioned. I managed to capture a rainbow shot while I was in Paris last November (https://michaelqpowell.com/2019/11/13/rainbow-in-paris/), but it was much more of a record shot than an artistic one like yours. I haven’t quite given up on film photography. A couple of years ago I went out shooting with some black and white film with a totally manual Nikon SLR. It was so basic that it had no metering system. It was a fascinating experience taking the shot and then developing the film myself. I was so uncertain that I had done it right that I was overjoyed when I reached the washing stage to see that there were actually negatives visible. (Not having a full darkroom setup, I scanned the negatives and processed them digitally.) I have a dozen or so rolls of film in my refrigerator and this confinement period might be a good time to shoot some of them. I especially want to try out a twinlens reflex camera that I acquired.

    • krikitarts says:

      First, sincere thanks for the high compliments! I’m delighted–and not really all that surprised–to learn that you are still keen to embrace the older technology. There are definitely times when I still miss it, but then I remember how much time I had to dedicate to it to do it right (and, for me, there was no other way), an the convenience of the digital world rears its lovely head again and I let the temptation slip back under the waves. What twinlens did you get? Toward the end of my pre-digital era, I carried two Yashica-Mat 124Gs with me, one with b&w and one with Fujichrome, and 3 SLR bodies and…and.. and…

  8. bluebrightly says:

    Extraordinary! And you know, it really has mystic alchemy. ;-)

  9. Adrian Lewis says:

    Absolutely wonderful, beautiful, striking picture, Gary! :)

  10. seekraz says:

    That is crazy beautiful, Gary….wow!

  11. Meanderer says:

    That looks really otherworldly. So beautiful. I’ve been away from WP for a couple of weeks and will catch up with your ‘Isolation Antidotes’ series!

  12. Geri Lawhon says:

    This is the prettiest rainbow I have ever seen on film. These kind of shots come by so rarely, and I am so glad that you shared this one with us. Thanks.

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