Seasons greetings and a small big failure

I had the ambition to post something new and interesting about the proceedings of my LUMO project tonight. I meant to show some stunning imagery from my Lucia Day shooting out at Kont nature reserve outside Umeå. It would have a stunning scenery with stunning light effects. But I think that this post instead has to be about the trials and errors faced with when pursuing a specific visual idea.

My ambition was to proceed the work with the first set of images in a new suite. I felt that the timing was right. But working with analogue large format photography means spending a lot of time both out in the field photographing as in doing all the after work. The first step after heading back to the darkroom is to process the sheet film. And now I have the preliminary results with newly developed negatives. I must admit that I am a bit disappointed. The scenery doesn't look at all as I imagined it when I saw it through the ground glass on site. I also see that the light effects from the sparklers that I used wasn't sufficient to give the impression that I was aiming for.
On the positive side, I now know how not to do that image. And I might as well share the results here on the blog. As soon as I have some new results with sparkling light trails I'll post it here on the blog.

 One of the 4x5" negatives of sparklers.

One of the 4x5" negatives of sparklers.

 If you look carefully you'll see the trails from some sparklers in this image. Hmm, not quite what I'd expected. Looks more like a cat been sharpening its claws against the emulsion ...

If you look carefully you'll see the trails from some sparklers in this image. Hmm, not quite what I'd expected. Looks more like a cat been sharpening its claws against the emulsion ...

That's all for now. I think that I just have to hang in there and try again. I think that the key here is to not lose faith.
The image is out there somewhere. I just need to find a way to capture it :-)

Seasons greetings.
Andreas