" Where'd the name Cross Process come from? "

Cross processing is a technique which grew in popularity in the 1960s. Rather than developing film using the appropriate chemicals for a given film type, photographers would experiment by processing film with chemicals intended for alternative types of film. The resulting pictures would then take on an entirely different look. Instead of being precise representations of the image seen by the eye when taking the picture, they would be high contrast, unusually coloured pieces of art. In the modern age of digital photography the ability to cross process is still alive and well, albeit without the smells of chemical developer.

Cross processing is a deliberate decision to step outside of the norm. It rewards experimentation and perseverance and results in producing something which is more than its component parts – more than “just a photo”. Photos are snapshots in time that can never be recreated and can convey an almost infinite range of different emotional reactions depending on who is viewing them, and how they are composed and processed.

©ross•P®ocess is the work of Gavin Smith – a photographer based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (UK). I am interested and open to any assignment which allows me to be creative, to experiment, and to produce something more than “just a photo”.

I’m keen to be contacted for all sorts of reasons, whether that be comments about my work (good & bad!), photography related questions, or you would be interested in working with me. Maybe you’ve seen some content, an artist or an event I’ve photographed and would like to know more about it/them – I can provide you with more information or help you get in touch with them. If you wish to use any of my images please refer to my copyright statement.