|One of my favorite books of 2012.|
My WIP has had many names. It was called MAX BLACK. Before that, it was called "project lice & porn." Now, it is called GLORY O'BRIEN'S HISTORY OF THE FUTURE.
A mouthful, I know. And it may change again. For now, we call it GLORY for short. So here's a part of it....
I got my first camera from my mother for my fourth birthday. It was a very simple Leica M5 in a leather case. Not a digital camera. Darla O’Brien believed in film. She believed in emulsion and silver halide. She believed in something called The Zone System, which was developed by two photographers named Ansel Adams and Fred Archer around 1940. (Incidentally, Darla O’Brien’s mother was born in 1940. She was a saint. That’s what everybody always told me. She'd been fighting cancer since age fifty. She did not own a microwave oven.)
The Zone System divided the tones in a black and white photograph into eleven zones between maximum black and maximum white. The challenge was to make an image that represented all eleven zones. Maximum white was a ten. Maximum black was a zero. Max white was blown out. Max black was nothingness.
Max Black was my code word for dead. Max Black would be what I secretly called the petrified bat because I was picky about saying something was what it wasn’t. The bat was not petrified. Minerals couldn’t have replaced its cells. It was just dead. Zone zero.
So there you have it, Beth Kephart. You made me do something out of my comfort zone. Next you'll have me shopping or wearing mascara or something.
In other news, I have no other news.
But I'll be back later this week, I bet.