I've used a flatbed scanner and sunlight as a backlighting source to record both the photographic information and the surface of the negatives. I make several scans of each negative at different times of day, and depending on the quality of the sunlight (diffused or direct), I capture varying interpretations of each negative.
Phil Solomon's rare contribution to experimental film spans collaborations with Stan Brakhage all the way to machinima. Doug Cummings recently caught up with the influential filmmaker to discuss American Falls his acclaimed 2010 three channel video and other works.
The big existential problem in this first chapter is the absurdity of having to make important decisions without having significant information about what the decision means. You're right that there is both the freedom to choose and awareness that much of the outcome is arbitrary.