Platinum/Palladium Gallery

August 31, 2013  •  1 Comment

I have added a gallery featuring platinum/palladium prints.  It took a little while to get them together and will be adding more as I get the chance.  I am finding that not every image seems to work with this printing method and the steps in making a print take a lot more time.  Each print is different because of the hand coated paper.  Even duplicating each step exactly will not produce identical final prints, they will have slight differences, which makes each them a one of kind print.

The images on the website are scans of the actual prints which are made the same size as the film negative.  The steps involved are hand coating paper with the Platinum mixture, placing the negative on the paper, exposing with ultraviolet light, and finally developing the image.  Because you must use ultraviolet light it is not possible to make an enlarged image, and the time needed to do each step in the process is much longer than silver printing.

There is a warm tone to these prints unlike a silver print as well as greater separation of the middle tones which gives each image a rich appearance.  Because the image rests on the surface of the paper they do not have any of the surface sheen found on silver prints plus the surface texture of the paper gives the image a slight degree of softness.  

I have made mostly 4x6 prints because I have been using a lot of 5x7 film, but I expect to be taking the 8x10 camera out more often as these prints are really nice in the larger size.  When mounted and framed the 4x6 needs to be approached to be appreciated, the 8x10's can be viewed from a greater distance.  I did do two 8x10's that are in the Platinum Gallery, both were studio set ups of a vase with flowers with slightly different background treatments that I had shot with 8x10 film.  


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Carl(non-registered)
Nice images. I like that extra softness and middle tones are very satisfying. As you say, perhaps not every image works in platinum (exposure?) but seem to have an extra emotional dimension. Are you shooting more 8x10?
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