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Playing with Platinum

February 18, 2015
Vineyard, South of France

Vineyard, South of France

Atlantic waves

Atlantic waves

Anita's Tibetan Door

Anita’s Tibetan Door

Anita's Tree

Anita’s Tree

Anita Chui and I have been experimenting with Platinum Palladium Printing, a process that dates back to the late 1800’s.  We were inspired by Beth Moon’s exquisite book of Platinum printed images, so we ordered a kit from Bostick & Sullivan and compiled all the necessary bits and pieces. The process involves mixing the emulsion and painting it onto rag paper.  We then create “negatives” by printing inverted images onto clear film.  These negatives are sandwiched with the coated paper, exposed to UV lights, then developed, cleared, washed and dried.  Fortunately all this is done in subdued light (no darkroom required).  It’s taken some experimentation, fiddling with negatives and exposure times, but we’ve now created a few prints that are quite beautiful (at least in our humble opinions). Each print is a unique object of subtle tonalities that are hard to describe.  We are having a good time! We are going to continue exploring Platinum/Palladium prints, as well as the Salted Paper printing method developed by Henry Fox Talbot.  Stay tuned for more developments! If you’d like to see how this process works, here’s an excellent video of V. Tony Hauser making a print.

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