At the Insolite we understand the role technology and pop culture play in our lives. There is often, in the art community, a notion that these things despoil art of pure artistic value when intersected with it. This magazine disagrees with that notion. So, in this spirit, we present our Alternative Analog Filter Techniques Series. We hope that this strikes a balance for artists wanting to remain pure in their photography, while recognizing the power of Instagram, say.
Desaturation (AKA “making things black and white,” “MTBW”) is not only popular for social media users, but also for professional photographers. Digital photographers will often desaturate photos to increase their artistic value. For street photographers, this technique is used (often with HDR) to increase emotional value of the piece.
Typically, this is done with MTBW filters on Instagram, or with advanced MTBW programs such as Adobe Lightroom. Here, however, we present an alternate analog MTBW technique called “secondary emulsion pre-processing” (SEPP).
Consider the following photo (“Split Level,” a staple here at the Insolite) which has been desaturated using the SEPP technique: