Peter's Valley Workshop - Platinum Printing

July 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

In the spirit of being never to old to learn I just spent a week at the Peter's Valley Center in New Jersey working on Platinum printing techniques.  This is a type of printing I have worked on before and felt I could use a little refresher.  I was very fortunate to get a space at the last moment.  As I have found true at most workshop type events I have been to it was a very interesting week.  The other participants had varied backgrounds and it is always interesting to share experiences.  Peter's Valley I find extra special because it is not just a photography school, there were workshops being run in black smithing, glass, textile, paper, ceramics and silversmithing when I was there.  The platinum printing workshop was being taught by Tillman Crane, a great person to work with and an outstanding platinum printer.  He helped me work through some "rough areas" in my technique and I feel good about be able to make this type of print.  I get a real sense of satisfaction in creating an image this way as it starts with selecting a paper, hand coating it, exposing it to UV light and processing.  All of this does take a great deal of time, much longer than working with traditional silver prints, and each image is unique in that no two prints made from the same negative will look exactly alike.  There is a "richness" to the tones that can be achieved this way as well as a certain softness to the image detail that I think will work really well with some subjects.  I will be working on a new Platinum Gallery set of images in the coming months.


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