Joy Goldkind took up photography at the age of 50. Here she talks about her bromoil work of dancers, geishas, and drag queens and how she found the bromoil process.
What is that you do?
Joy: I do Bromoil and love to teach bromoil. I teach for cap/icp in NYC. short workshops on the basics of bromoil. I also wrote on bromoil for View Camera and photolife.
I also work in wetplate collodion using the digital and the historical together. I make a digital positive and use the enlarger to make an ambrotype. These are made with collodion and developed in the traditional manner.
What is it about the Bromoil process that you like?
Joy: Bromoil is a soft impressionist stye of printing. It is a way for me to soften a photograph and take the image a step away from reality.
What are the highlights and frustrations?
Joy: The best highlight is that my work is shown in so many places sometimes I can not believe where my work has taken me. Frustrations are like all photographers we want everyone to love our work but of course that is impossible.
What I have learned is love what you do, and make your work your own even if no one loves it but you.
How did you come across and learn the bromoil process? Anyone that inspired you?
Joy: I took a workshop with Gene Laughter he always inspires me. He is always willing to share his technique and craft. I think I learned this as well as bromoil from him. He is my friend and mentor.
How did you fall into this? Was it your destiny?
Joy: Yes I do believe this was my destiny. I did not pickup a camera till I was 50 years old. I was in love after my first photo class. The darkroom was best place I could be.
I have a fine art background and painted in school so alternate processes where art to me. I wanted to learn them all. When I studied Bromoil it seemed the place my work fit the best. I still feel that way.