I think that while I cut back on the number of images I took in 2014 due to photographing film and doing my own developing and scanning, I think that I’ve made up for it in quality. This is a wonderful old Celtic cross in St. Mary’s cemetery in Milford, MA.
I soon made the leap to infrared film, and discovered a whole new world of light, unseen by the human eye. It also brought a new method of thinking about exposures and filters.
Infrared also made the world slightly alien, turning the greens of summer into the snowy whites of winter.
Film photography slowed me down, made me really think about composition, about values of gray, and taught me to take full control of the developing process, as well as what I really want from my images.
Film took me back to favorite places, too, to re-see my old haunts with a new eye.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mr. Alan Ross. He took me on and taught me the basics, gave me a light meter, taught me darkroom etiquette and explained the process of developing film. Thank you.
How to treat teargas burns
A pillow, pad, or newspaper (whole & unopened) to cushion knees
Lots of one gallon jugs of milk
a pre-selected place out of the line of fire with signs (Tear Gas Aid Here)
Have the victim brought to your pre-selected safe place
Have the victim kneel on the pad, pillow or newspaper.
Have the victim raise their hands over their head, face up to the sky.
Stand behind the victim, feet on either side of their lower legs.
Place the jug of milk in their hands over their head with the mouth almost tipping down over their face
Put your hands over theirs on the side of the jug.
Slowly tip the jug for them to let the milk flow over their face.
Tell them to keep their eyes open, talk them through this.
Once the burning subsides, wait a bit before using the towel. Use it on their face first, residue can be transferred back if you try to dry their clothes with it.
GENTLY HOLD THE TOWEL TO THEIR FACE, DO NOT PAT OR RUB!
Get them to a hospital or clinic ASAP.
Take pictures of any swelling, redness or rash.
If you use a spray bottle of Malox and water, have the victim hold their hands straight out at shoulder height. There’s some concern about Malox and water in the eyes, so be careful.
Milk seems to be helpful according to folks from the Unoccupy movement. Can’t speak to it myself, never used it.
I have been teargassed, when I was in bootcamp for the Navy. Saw one of my company shipmates’ face swell up like a balloon and she had to be hospitalized. The REALLY important thing to remember and stress is NOT TO RUB.
The having the victim hold the jug gives them a sense of self-care, some control. It also keeps their hands away from their face. Putting your hands over theirs lets them know they’ve got help, they’re not alone. It will also ensure they keep their hands away from their face.
Kneeling will reduce the risk of stumbling and falling. It will also help when pouring milk.
Document. Document. Document. Photograph, photograph, photograph. Show the world!