Fochemax, Abstracts etc.

Unless otherwise credited, all photographs are © David Ritchie and may not be used without my permission.

The term Fochemax is my play on words. Simply put, it is short for a photo-chemical accident, which is exactly how these images were created.

Remember film and darkrooms? Well, most of my images are of film origin. Fochemax #1 was a blank test strip that I had thought might be accidentally light-fogged. I threw it in the trash can undeveloped. Subsequent unsatisfactory, and not fully developed prints, plus test strips, were discarded. Processing chemicals were carried along. Turning the inspection light on and off solarized this image. I found it at the end of the printing session. It looked to me like Stonehenge had reproduced. I washed it and then re-processed it to archival standards. It is 5″X17″

 I started going through the rejected prints in the garbage. Interesting images were put through various chemical stages. The original film image is evident in some, others are quite abstract. They have mysterious qualities. The chemically caused colour stains on the black & white paper are a bonus. Unlike film or digital images, there is only one original of each.

Fochemax1.jpg    Fochemax #1


Fochemax5 copy.jpg     Fochemax #5


Fochemax4.jpg                           Fochemax #2  What do you see in this?


Fochemax3.jpg                                  Fochemax #3   Winter Sedum


Fochemax #2 copy.jpg        Fochemax #4            Gaspe 2003

The Fochemax experiment will not be repeated, the darkroom magic is gone. I miss those days of creativity and excitement.



BurnedWood.jpg    2004    I see a cave drawing of mythic creatures in battle.


ShadowChair.jpg        Ghost chairs in the snow.


BikeShadow.jpg            Shadows on Car Trunk  1974


MarchingLegs.jpg          Parade,  1987


RustyBarrel.jpg             Inkblot (object in snow)  circa 1971           Guesses what it is?


DesignAbstract.jpg                             Perspective / Perception


The 5 abstracts above are rotations of 90 or 180 degrees from the actual scene, but are in other respects realistic representations.


SunWallFinal.jpgMy Office Wall   2015   This changing view entertains me the year round.


?window.jpg                 Toronto    2014


Abstract Found.jpgUntitled Abstraction     Another film image found in the archives.

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