My Chemical Reactions by Todd Weaver
My name is Todd Weaver. I live in Los Angeles in the Echo Park neighborhood, 26 miles away from my regular surf spot, First Point. If you've been to LA that can feel like a looooong way so I plan accordingly and either wake up at a quarter to 5 or surf late in the summer months. LA is all about windows of mellow traffic on the freeway. I've been living in LA for 25 years but I just started surfing 4 years ago. I skied and snowboarded for 20 years but I don't think those hold a candle to surfing. I instantly became obsessed and have been surfing 2 or 3 days a week ever since. I guess I'm making up for lost time. And since I spend so much of my time at the beach, I figured I should be productive at the same time and make a photo project out of it. I started shooting surfing about 3 years ago. And I've been doing my color experiments for the past 2 1/2 years. I wanted to do something new in surf photography so I started the experiments. The closest thing I can compare it to is what is called fogging the film. Wikipedia defines it as:Fogging in photography is the deterioration in the quality of the image caused either by extraneous light or the effects of a processing chemical.
And that's all I will tell you. But I will say, it's a fun process. It's why I stick with shooting film in all my personal work. Chemical reactions are way cool. I get to try different things all the time. I should probably take more notes to be able to replicate a look but I think I can remember how I got most of the looks. Or I can make a pretty good guess.