(Image: Bob Bennett, Matter of time, 1993, B&W darkroom montage, handcolored; © Bob Bennett)
Bob Bennett (b. 1951, Burlington, Vermont)
I work in a very simple, traditional darkroom - One enlarger, four trays, and a collection of hand tools made from things you can buy at any art supply, or hardware store. I do digital montage too, but I'll never give up darkroom. I collect negatives by taking myself, and simple camera, to places I love - the California coast, and desert - start walking, and "things happen", that end up on film, or more recently as pixels. I spend a lot of time with my proof sheets, and in a small room, under a dim red bulb. I'm obviously interested in things metaphysical - beyond that, it's up to the viewer to decide what's going on. (If I haven't figured them out yet, (and I haven't, not really), why should I presume to explain them to anyone else?) Many of the pictures just seem to 'happen', because the individual negatives are 'looking' for each other. I'm just a chaperone, and a really loose one at that. But those were always the best kind of parties, right?
Education: Graduation from St Paul's School in Concord, N.H., 1969
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