This is probably my busiest art-related year ever. A number of things have fallen in to place, all at the same time. I’m a little saddened that it’s taken me further away from posting regularly, but on the other hand, it means that I have work like this that I can post when I have the chance.
Hot off the heels of my glass-on-casein in the annual juried Phillips’ Mill exhibition, I’m looking at my next set of research: fumed silica.
This piece is a gold-toned kallitype, printed on Herschel (a handmade linen paper) pre-treated with fumed silica. The pretreatment generally deepens the blacks, with some other more subtle differences in contrast and overall response. I’ve been slowly pulling together a project to more scientifically test different kinds of fumed silica with dif …[more]
I’m FINALLY returning to the Burlesque shots from Jim Thorpe’s burlesque festival last year. Between my last post on this subject and now, I’ve been more or less focused on casein-on-glass for some shows this spring, and that’s mostly out of the way now (just have to deal with some paperwork and delivery, but the prints are done).
This was originally shot on a Canon 5D, ISO 3200, with a 70-200 f/2.8L. I reduced it to B&W and printed this kallitype on Herschel paper (a handmade paper f …[more]
From a photo walk through Durham Township a few weeks ago, this shot of the interior of the Durham Mill was taken with a Widelux F-V: a 35mm panoramic camera. Portra 800.
The extreme distortion at the edges is due to my mis-loading the film, an effect that I’ve since decided I like, and I keep reproducing. I’d really like to print this one on glass… perhaps after I’ve finished all of my other prints? Hmm.
Spent quite a lot of yesterday printing bigger than I’ve done before – getting up to the maximum sizes I can manage with my vacuum frame and light box. This is a 10×15 print on a half-sheet of Herschel, a wonderful handmade siderotype-friendly paper from Ruscombe Mill. It’s far and away my favorite kallitype paper, and this palladium-toned kallitype shows it well. To get this kind of black density on other papers I have to use multiple coats and/or multiple hits.
I had expected to cro …[more]
Walked outside today while my wife and son were raking leaves, and found this seemingly-happy bird nesting in one pile… good thing it left before I started shredding them!
In casein-land, I’ve got a pile of plastic on its way for backlights. When they get here, I expect to have at least one print to post (it’s sitting on my window now waiting for a backlight). Progress made on one other print this weekend, but I ran out of time while dealing with other photo processing obligations. …[more]
Fall fun on the baseball diamond!
Shot with an Olympus E-P3 and a Canon 135mm f/2.0L.
Tried printing some casein/glass today – the casein’s old, many of my (digital, inkjet) negatives are ruined from the flooding in September. But I think I now know what too-old-casein prints and looks like!
The farther we get in to fall, the more I dread the shortening days. I pine for spring again. Occasionally I see something like this that makes me think of spring, keeping fall my second-favorite season.
Printing update: I’m not sure why, but I haven’t been motivated to pick up the casein-glass prints recently. I’ve been printing kallitypes over the last week, playing with Fabriano Artistico and multi-hit processing. So far, I can say that Herschel is a much, much nicer paper – but Fa …[more]
Originally shot on Delta 3200 in a Diacord G; developed in Microphen. This is a palladium-toned kallitype. I’m reasonably happy that it came out (yay, my chemistry survived the flooding) but not so thrilled with the density; this is my first kallitype on Fabriano Artistico HP 300 and I’m not sure if the paper or my technique lead to this thinner-than-usual print. I’m hoping to preshrink some FabArt and try a double-hit kallitype on it.
Regardless: as you might gather from the title, t …[more]
I took a trip this evening to visit Occupy Philly. I had wondered why #OWS and its likes weren’t getting more media attention. After being there in person, I think it’s probably because of the lack of single focus in these demonstrations. They’re not sensationalistic or violent and they refuse to be categorized as being against any one thing. If the media were going to do a piece on this, it would have to be longer than your average news blurb. I saw signs against everything you can imagine – …[more]
YES YES YES it’s FILM!
Shot with my Diacord G, Acros 100, DD-X.
And after replacing a dead hot water heater (probably a casualty of the flooding), I’m just about ready to re-open my dim room! It seems like forever since it was dry enough to use, and the humidity is finally down to 55%. I’m planning on some kallitypes in the next couple of days. Here’s hoping things to according to plan…