Saratoga Arts: Annual Member Show
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
November 17th through December 31st
Opening Reception: 6-8pm December 1st
First Night: December 31st
Broadway Art Center, Albany: Captured Image Guild Group Show
488 Broadway, Albany, NY
December 1st through December 31st
Opening Reception: First Friday, December 7th from 5-9pm
Laffer Gallery: Upstate Artists Juried Group Show
96 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY
December 8th through January 20th
Opening Reception & Jury Awards: Saturday, December 8th from 5-8pm
I have been spending a lot of time in the "semi" dark room working on my printing technique with Platinum and Palladium solutions. While the process itself is not difficult, there are a lot of factors to balance, and each of those factors drastically affects the final print. Chemistry, paper selection, light exposure source, technique used for apply the emulsion, technique for both humidifying and drying the paper, the source negative etc. The process is as follows (somewhat simplified):
Choose a negative that you think would look good in platinum/palladium.
Determine the proper chemistry combination, and measure droplets of each component into a shot glass.
Pick a suitable watercolor paper, one of the right finish and high quality, able to withstand being soaked in water for a long period of time.
Brush the emulsion from the shot glass onto the paper and let dry. Finish drying carefully with hair dryer on medium.
Place negative on paper and into a contact printing frame (the final print will be the same size as the negative).
Expose to a source of UV light for the optimal amount of time (sunlight or artificial UV light source).
Pour developer over exposed paper (after removing it from the contact print frame and the negative) and agitate for 1-2 minutes. Collect developer for reuse.
Rinse print in water for a few minutes.
Put print through 3 baths of clearing agent for five minutes each.
Wash print in water for 15 minutes.
Let print air dry over night, or speed process with hair dryer on medium or in microwave.
Evaluate print. Redo print and make adjustments to steps 1-6 as necessary to achieve the print you want.
These photos will soon be available printed at 4x5" negative size, framed to 8x10. In the future, these contact prints will be available in larger sizes as well.
Photo Sessions with Models:
Marissa Stearns; atmospheric photos with natural and studio lighting (first session working together)
Izebel; human figure and form on film (3rd session working together)
Stacey Scott: general atmospheric photos in digital and on film (3rd session working together)
Monique: human figure and form on film (2nd session working together)