Saturday, 18 September 2010

Success for one of my students.

In the latest issue of Black and White photography magazine Mark Voce won the alternative photography print reader assignment competition. I taught Mark platinum printing a year ago how to print in platinum/palladium and it is good to see he has gone on to develop his skills, well done.

Multilayered Platinum Print Test results

Over the last month I have been researching and testing the platinum printing technique used by master platinum printer Irving Penn. The process initially involves bonding the printing paper to aluminium, this enables the paper to maintain its dimensional stability and allow for successive multilayering of platinum/palladium chemicals. The process uses twice to three times the amount of platinum/palladium chemicals and takes at least double the time to create compared to that of a single layered platinum print.

After numerous tests and late nights i can now report the results. The singled layered scanned image shown below has a maximum density of 1.41 and the multilayerd is 1.58 , mimicking the initial test results reported previously (Click image to enlarge). To my eye the overall richness and three dimensionality of the multilayered print is significant enough to warrant further research. I intend on printing using this method in the future as for me it adds another tool to the toolbox in achieving the type of platinum prints I have always wanted to create. I will be testing with multilayering gum and cyanotype over platinum in the coming months and will post the results

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Large Alternative Prints Continued.....

Continuing the theme of printing larger alternative prints, yesterday I printed one of my clients images ( Wendy Bevan ) in Vandyke brown and toned it with platinum/palladium. Final size 34x27 inches, see below, 10x8 inch print shown on the right. My thanks to Sandy King for not only recommending this process but also his guidance. It can produce wonderful prints when toned with platinum or palladium and I look forward to using it in future  as it should make the progression to large platinum/palladium prints less of an ordeal.