there is nothing more basic or tactile in photographic imagining than the photogram. the object itself is about as close as it can get to being physically imprinted. also, although it doesn't come through in the scan at all, the use of matt fiber paper and its texture (especially its lack of a sheen) make for a simplistic beauty that is unique. these kind of images are a reminder of a photographic process that has been overshadowed as of late by bits of information streaming through a cable telling a printer how much ink to spray and when. say what you want about darkrooms (messy, time consuming, et al), but for those of us who had no choice but to learn how to work in one, there's nothing like the feeling of going back into the dimness, the smell of the chemicals, and the sometimes mental gymnastics necessary to make an image come out the way you want it. i'm sorry to say, the feeling of picking up a digital print from the printer (while still exciting in its own right) can't hold a candle to the feeling of seeing the developer work its chemical magic on the little bits of silver halide embedded in the paper.
shot with a Beseler 23C III enlarger
Ilford Multigrade IV Fiber Matt