I tend to take great delight in high contrast photographs, even more so whether by intent or through serendipity they’re generated by my own camera.
The Ilford XP-2 shots that I’ve seen tend to have very pronounced contrast, a big plus in my book, and I’ve read of people having success developing it in Caffenol even though it’s intended to be a C-41 process film. Since I’ve had good luck using Artemisianol on a variety of films, I thought I’d give it a try on XP-2 in my Reality So Subtle 6×6 pinhole.
For some reason, I was just sure it wouldn’t work (I was having a day like that), but the images came out well, and with more contrast than I’d even hoped for. I think XP-2 developed in Artemisianol will be a regular for me when I’m looking for something faster than my usual slow and slower films.
I actually brought the contrast down a tad in Lightroom with this group of shots.