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16 books borrowed during March.

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One book and three audiobooks borrowed during February.

Some photos I made at the opening of the exhibition “Fear of Forgetting” at contact sheet gallery. The exhibition was curated by Steven Cavanagh and Paul McDonald. I have some work in this show which I will discuss in another post. The exhibition opened on the 21st of Feb 2016 and runs until March 5th. The gallery is open 11-5 Wed to Saturday at 60 Atchison street, St Leonards.

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Opening speech by Michael Snelling, Director of the National Art School.

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Speech by Paul McDonald, Director of contact sheet and co-curator of the exhibition.

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General view of the space.

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Looking in the other direction.

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Speech by co-curator Steven Cavanagh

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Artist Sandra Kontos discussing her work.

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Steven Cavanagh discussing work with visitors.

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Compare R09 to Adox Rodinal

February 23, 2016

I’ve been using Rodinal since the ’90s when it was made and sold by Agfa. In recent years I’ve been using the Adox version, first labelled as Adonal and now as Rodinal. Adox state, and I believe them, that their product is made in the same factory and to the same specifications as the 1990s Agfa product. In early 2016 there is no Adox Rodinal available in Australia. The main importer is offering R09 and claim it is the same as Rodinal. If you do a search, or look at some of the film photography forums, you will get all sorts of conflicting information. These topics tend to go way off track with various experts weighing in with irrelevant facts about the pre WW2 version etc. Today I decided to do a simple test to compare Adox Rodinal to R09 (strangely, R09 doesn’t have a prominent manufacturer name, although on the side of the bottle in small print it says it is made by Compard).

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I exposed one sheet of 4×5 film then cut it in half and processed one piece in the Adox dev and the other in R09. Both parts were processed at the same time, with exact same water temperature. I agitated one tank with my left hand and the other with my right. The dilution was 1+50 and the dev time was 9.5 minutes at 20 degrees C with Adox CHS II film. Looking at the negs and at this scan I think it is clear that the devs are identical. I chose a scene that was symmetrical and also had a good range of tones from dark to light for an accurate comparison. In this example the ledt side was Adox Rodinal and the right side is R09.

Library books, January 2016

February 18, 2016

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11 books borrowed during January.

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Two books borrowed during December.

Library books, November 2015

December 13, 2015

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14 items borrowed during November, 8 books, 2 DVDs, 4 audiobooks.

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