1981-1982: Structure
Having used a 4×5″ Speed Graflex, I enjoyed working with the large format negatives it produced. In the darkroom, larger negatives made sharper images at larger print sizes and has the ability to render more tone. In 1981, I purchased the new 4×5 Toyo field camera which was made partially from the molds of the Speed Graflex. This meant changing from a hand held 4×5 to a tripod mounted 4×5 camera. The significant difference between the two was using the ground glass to compose on, which added to the time it took to set up and make a photograph. With the articulating rear and front standards on the Toyo field camera, I could correct for conversion of parallel lines and bring a more accurate rendering of the structures I was photographing.

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