Recently I made the time to return to one of my early ideas which was to create negatives by removing some sort of black coating (paint, pigmented gelatine) from a film base, by brushing with hot water for example. This time though, I exposed sheets of photographic film to the light and then developed themContinue reading “Just A Scratch”
This first image is of a lumen print that I slowly re-developed in dilute developer and then toned in selenium. I would have preferred a longer initial exposure, and a stronger second second development, but it’s nevertheless intriguing to see how mixing and altering existing processes can yield unique results. I started using a redContinue reading “Bits and Pieces”
Continuing the series of brushstrokes made to be enlarged, I changed the framing so that the image is a black square with a white border, which gives the print a different, tidier feel. There are 576 strokes on each enlargement, each occupying a 5x5mm square on the original.
Thinking of the (artistic/photographic) process as the subject itself – how different approaches to, and treatments of the subject in the images are perhaps more important than what is actually represented.
As another variation in how I am producing prints for this series, I painted an image on film for the purpose of contact printing, and then printed it on semi-matte fibre base paper which is suitable for hand-colouring with watercolour paints. I wasn’t thrilled with the result, but at least I transferred the idea fromContinue reading “CMY Hand-tinting”
Here is another example of an enlargement from my series of painting-realistic photographs, made on 50x60cm photographic paper. Each different process throws light on the subject in a new way, and in turn presents with it a branch of exploration that is specific to the process and its parameters. Some things work better small andContinue reading “Form Follows Function”
Maximal process in order to produce a minimal amount of minimalist prints.
A comparison of a hand-drawn original image, and then the print made by tracing the original in different ways and printing in different colours.
My struggle with learning to draw realistically, overcoming perfectionism, and the push towards marrying the printing methods of photography with the creativity and vocabulary inherent in painting.