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Back in Black

Photo taken by Mitch Elder, a combat veteran retired from the USAF who has experienced depression, anxiety and PTSD. He lives in Oregon with his wife of 30+ years, and their two four-legged kids.

About this photo: This photograph of a tattooed back was taken with a Nikon N65 film camera with 35-70 zoom, and Ilford Delta 100 black and white film.  

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6 comments on “Back in Black

  1. anngrafics
    August 5, 2012

    What a powerful image.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. abblamby
    August 5, 2012

    This is exquisite. I love the composition and the fact that you used film! Just beautiful.


  3. Emily
    August 6, 2012

    Wonderful image……the black and white work almost like an optical illusion. Great.


  4. Paul Boocock
    August 6, 2012

    Superb!! Love the way the shadows mimic the shape of spine and ribs 🙂


  5. Mitch Elder
    August 8, 2012

    Thank you all very much. This really happened almost by accident. My wife had just gotten out of the shower one morning and I noticed how the light and shadow through the window blinds was playing across her back. So I said, “Don’t move! Stay right where you are. I’ve got to get my camera.” So here I am, curled up on top of the toilet in about four cubic feet of space to get all the elements together properly. I printed it on Ilford paper and then matted and framed it. It’s now hanging on the wall next to the computer where I now sit. This is traditional black and white darkroom work.


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