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Please accept my apologies

About two years ago I got the idea that I should write a blog.  In my typical ADD fashion I got a web site, a WordPress blog and wrote a total of four entries and then my attention drifted elsewhere.  To tell you the truth, I don’t even know where my attention went next but I have not posted another blog entry since.

Today I again ran into my blog and felt sad that I did not keep up with one of my projects. Here I am again and I will try to write something interesting every day.  It will probably won’t  only be about photography but  I will try to stay away from subjects too controversial and I will try to be entertaining.

Please leave your comments if they are insightful, constructive  and respectful of others. If they are not, then don’t.


Joaquín Barbará



The Begining


So after several attempts at starting a blog, apparently this time I will actually succeed. I have been somewhat reluctant because I have always thought that my writing skills as well as my grammar are quite poor. Today I decided that I will give it my best shot. This blog will deal mostly with photography and photography related topics, but this may change in the future.

Most of you reading this blog will not know me personally so a little introduction is in order. I am a middle aged amateur photographer (I do not make my living with a camera) and I am interested in all sort of photographic processes. I started shooting in the early 80’s using a Pentax K 1000 camera and I learned how to develop film while I was part of the yearbook staff during 8th grade. Eventually I enrolled in medical school and photography was essentially forgotten until late 2013.

While sitting in the airport one day waiting for a flight, next to me there was a man editing his photographs using Adobe Lightroom. I struck a conversation with him and about 30 minutes later I had already taken the red pill (reference to the Matrix “This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill — the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill — you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”).

So far the rabbit hole has gone pretty deep. In the last two years I have started using a Nikon DSLR that I bought used off and gone back to 35 mm film, then medium format, large format and eventually wet plate collodion. I have again discovered the thrill of actually making prints with my own hands. It had been a while and I did not realize how much I missed it.
Over the next several posts I will talk more about my journey down this rabbit hole and hopefully will convince some of you to come join me down here.