This is an image that almost never made it to paper and a lesson to appreciate happy accidents and give even "failed" prints a chance. It's not a great print, but it is one I really like. I was goofing off with an old 50's Voigtlander and off camera flash at the Christmas party at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin. The film stayed in the camera for a hot Texas summer, light leaks, weird spots on the film. The carbon print I made from it was on paper I had sized with alum. I had residual alum in the paper and could barely develop the print. Read more about my experiences my post on hardening paper. It was a black muddy mess. The carbon tissue was old and had defects. In the end I just thought "fuck it" and poured hot water on it straight from the tap - something I would never do with a print I thought was a keeper. And, in the end, it is a keeper.
The image is of the Island Nations Prototype, a piece of experimental architecture at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, TX.