art of the darkroom

Photography is truly, “The Pencil of Nature,” Talbot, 1844. He tells us…. the work is “impressed by the agency of light alone….they are the sun-pictures themselves, and not engravings in imitation.”

Digital is to photography as pixels are to analog.. now, more pictures in between pictures at the DPL, with this growing group of Analog Pixels, Detroit: Reconstructed- I cant bring myself to sepia tone white, so this one stays neutral, for now, 

Detroit: Reconstructed, 11/19/17
Detroit Cornice and Slate
Harry R. Dill, 1897
Irregular gelatin silver contact print 

Marco Lorenzetti

Material Cost:
Polaroid SX-70 film (8 shots) $20 x 4 packs = $80
Ilford 120 film (10 shots) $5 x 4 rolls = $20
Photographic Paper  (100 sheets) - $170
Chemistry film and paper - $80
Driving for 5 hours - $30
Bagel Sandwich - $5
Coffee - $2 x 3 = $6

Labor Cost:
Research for 2 hours - $0
Sitting in the car for 5 hours - $0
Hoping my camera doesn’t break - $0 (if it breaks +$350)
Smiling for about 15 minutes - $0 (getting arrested and fined +$500)
Processing 120 film for an hour - $0
Scanning film and Polaroids - $0
Adjusting in Photoshop for 3 hours - $0
Uploading to website - $0 (if subscription has expired +$100)
Uploading to Instagram,Tumblr, Flickr, Polanoid, Facebook $0

Instagram likes - 150 x $0
Tumblr likes - 25 x $0
Flickr likes - 20 x $0
Polanoid likes - 8 x $0
Facebook likes - 4 x $0

Using my images to fill your blog with your own words and no credit - $0

Someone finding my photos and asking to use for “exposure” - $0
Asking to use for a publication with no budget and requires an extra hour of work - $0
Being asked where locations are, or how I make my photos…expecting me to happily give away info on what I put the time into - $0

Actually selling a photograph - $40

I think I need to work harder, or shoot less. I never expected to make a living on my art, but I question what I can do to be a more sustainable artist. 

Detroit: Reconstructed, 11/28/17
Irregular gelatin silver contact print

The Renaissance Center, 1977, John Portman-
Though this confusing piece of architecture did bring some economic growth to the city within its first year, the true “renaissance” of Detroit began well after this “City Within a City,” arose.

Monument to Joe Louis, 1986 Robert Graham
Graham referred to the sculpture as a “battering ram.” The Fist was symbolically aimed toward racial injustice because of Joe Louis’ effort to fight Jim Crow laws.

Marco Lorenzetti

Detroit:Reconstructed, 11/29/17
Michigan Consolidated Gas Building
Minoru Yamasaki, 1963
Irregular gelatin silver contact print 

The architect (World Trade Center, 1973-2001) believed this building should be a civic ornament. Completed in 1963, it rises from a marble platform with a 30 foot high glass enclosed lobby with marble columns and reflecting pool. Giving form and texture to the exterior walls, Yamasaki used precast prestressed concrete panels. Two stories in height, the panels were joined at the center of the windows. These openings are extended hexagons, so designed to emphasize verticality and eliminate the feeling of acrophobia when one is high in the building, even though the glass extends nearly to the floor.
(Hawkins Ferry)

Marco Lorenzetti

Detroit: Reconstructed, 12/7/17
Fyfe’s Shoe Store, 1919
Smith, Hinchman, Grylls
with monument to Hazel S. Pingree ( The Idol of the People)
#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Cass Gilberts Woolworth building 1913 in New York established a precedent for Gothic commercial architecture. Fyfe’s Shoe Store in Detroit built in 1919, continued that tradition in a 14 story structure. Designed by Smith, Hinchman and Grylls, this handsome building with soaring vertical lines and deep window reveals stands as a landmark at the head of the busy thoroughfares that converge at Grand Circus Park. (Hawkins Ferry)

Marco Lorenzetti


As I’m sure that everyone who has photographed Andrea, it’s an incredible pleasure. The images of her are some of my favorite.

This is printed on kodak semi-gloss, expired paper. Hand printed by me in the color darkroom.

There are four prints of the first with slight variations in warmth. The second image there are two prints, almost exactly the same. All have been scanned and are ready for closer inspection.

Please email me directly if you are interested in either or both of these at 

If buying a print is not in your budget or interest, please take a look at my wishlist. Most of the items on there are things I’d like to have while I”m traveling and sailing. 

Boosts appreciated!

From the ancient Greek slave and storyteller, Aesop, to the ceiling of the DPL, in fresco-

The Tortoise was sad and discontented. He wanted to see the world. One day he met a pair of ducks and told them all his trouble. “We can help you see the world,” said the Ducks. “ Take hold of this stick with your teeth and we will carry you far up in the air where you can see the whole countryside. But keep quiet or you will be sorry.” He seized the stick with his teeth and the Ducks took hold of each end, and away they sailed up towards the clouds. Just then a Crow flew by. He was astonished at the strange sight and cried: “ This must surely be the King of Tortoises!” “Why certainly—” began the tortoise. But as he opened his mouth he lost his hold on the stick and down he fell to the ground, where he was dashed to pieces on a rock.

(Foolish curiosity and vanity often lead to misfortune)

The Tortoise and the Ducks
Ceiling detail, fresco
The Detroit Public Library, 2/9/17
Split toned
#8x10 gelatin silver contact print

Marco Lorenzetti