Picture Taker -"Pushing Boundaries"
English and Dutch
Dutch translation at NAIS Gazette by AliceHolemans http://www.denaisgazet.be/nieuws/vancouver-bc-dine-arlene-bowman-pushing-boundaries-fotograaf
Arlene Bowman, photographer and filmmaker born on the Navajo Nation in Greasewood, Ariz., grew up in Phoenix. Arlene is known for her films, including Navajo Talking Picture and Song Journey, shown in international film festivals and on PBS. Arlene's photos are on exhibit in Vancouver BC, where she now lives.
Arlene Bowman, Dine’ known as Navajo, I, started taking still photographs since 14 when and where in 1963, Phoenix, Arizona, I first learned still photography from Natasha Kashmereck, a still photography teacher at Cortez High School. Now primarily I am a filmmaker. At 22 in 1971 and afterwards in the U.S. and worldwide I became more active and constantly shot still photographs: of landscapes, friends, people I knew and did not know well, animals, parties, gatherings, landscapes, places I travelled to and lately still photographs and videos of Coho salmon at Hyland Creek in Surrey BC Canada. I have taken many still photographs to document my life. Lulls sometimes happened.
I know the “old style” and digital style of still photography. At Cortez High I learned how to shoot black and white film, process and print black and white negatives into prints. I shot with a 2 1/4” Yashica camera. I learned to process film, winding film onto a plastic in the dark then placed the plastic inside a 2 1/4” plastic canister. Poured 1:3 Kodak Dk-76 into canister, 68 degrees Fahrenheit and agitated per minute, 11 minutes. Poured out Dk-76 liquid. Poured water into canister to rinse out Dk-76, 3-4 minutes. Poured regular fix into canister and agitated per minute, 10 minutes. 5 minutes - if selected rapid fix and agitated per minute. After fix, poured hustler into canister to rinse fix from film, agitated per minute, 2 minutes. Washed film in water, 12 minutes. Dipped film in photo flow 30 seconds and hung up to dry.