Robert Mann Photography | Soot prints - something new (at least for me)

Soot prints - something new (at least for me)

March 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

This winter has been a little demanding - snow and low temperatures!  So, to keep busy I have been doing some work with soot prints.  I have posted a series in the platinum gallery.

What is a soot print?  Simply, it is a deposit of oil lamp soot on a glass sheet which is then altered to create an image.  I have used water, soapy water, paint thinner, and Windex to make changes by spraying, dropping and dripping on the soot layer.  You really can't predict how these actions will alter the soot - sometimes there is very little change, and at other times large sections of the soot layer moves.  I find the results to be unlike anything else I have done - hope you enjoy them.

Soot #1Soot #18x10 Platinum print - soot on glass

The glass plates are very fragile in that the soot can be easily damaged.  I have been using these glass sheets to make platinum prints, but after one or two prints the plates have additional scratches or dust deposits which makes each one of them a unique image.  I have also yet to find a good way to store the plates without further altering the soot layer.  So, I have decided to reuse the plates after making two platinum prints.


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