I graduated from the University of Iowa in May, which caused me to lose access to a lot of their amazing film equipment... but I just bought a Braun NovoScan 120 film scanner so I can finally make digital copies of my images again. I'm still getting used to it, and I've been having trouble [...]
I had not seen any work where photogram techniques and negatives were used in combination. I experimented with semi-transparent materials (so the images would still show through) including salt, plastic wrap, artificial flowers, and lace. In the limited red glow of darkroom safelights, I strategically placed the objects on top of the paper (either 11x14" or 16x20"). After exposing negative onto the paper, through the materials, I developed my print normally.
After thinking about how I use Photoshop to edit scanned negatives — especially in terms of color — I am finding that what really matters is that I achieve my desired aesthetic in the end. The art of creating images is all about the artist's intention. If my edits are bringing my image closer to the way I want it to look, then they are perfectly valid.