31 imagesPlatinum/palladium prints are known for their beauty, archival stability and unique, one-of-a-kind print statement. Platinum and palladium are noble metals on the Periodic Table. The platinum group metals are very stable against oxidation or other chemical reactions that might degrade the print — even more stable than gold. It is estimated that a platinum image, properly made, can last thousands of years. Platinum prints, also called “platinotypes,” have a distinctly different “look” from silver gelatin or digital prints for two primary reasons. First, for someone accustomed to the contrasty punch seen in a typical silver gelatin print, a platinum print will often feel “softer” or lower in contrast. A platinum print has a more gradual tonal change from black to white. In reality, there are actually more steps between pure black and pure white in platinum prints than in a silver gelatin print. This contributes to a deeper, richer feeling seen when looking at these prints. Second, all platinum prints are hand-coated; the images on this page show the distinct brushstrokes created when applying the chemicals to the paper. All platinum prints have a matte, not glossy surface, because the sensitizer is absorbed directly into the paper rather than sitting on the surface. Since no gelatin emulsion is used, the final platinum image is absolutely matte with a deposit of platinum (and/or palladium, its sister element which is also used in most platinum photographs) absorbed slightly into the paper.
14 imagesPrussian Blue was first made accidentally in 1704, from ox blood or other animal bits, by near-alchemical procedures. Although the substance has been studied for over 250 years, it was only in 1842 that Sir John Herschel created the cyanotype as the first successful non-silver photographic printing process. This process was used for the first photographically illustrated book. Being simple, cheap and fairly permanent, it also enjoyed an extended period of commercial success as the blueprint process for copying drawing-office plans. Today, the cyanotype process is used to create hand-coated alternative printing. The distinctive blue color results in an image that holds texture and is distinctly different than a traditional black and white print. The images in this gallery are created with the new cyanotype process created by Mike Ware. The chemistry is hand-coated onto Bergger or Arches Platine paper and then contact-printed under ultraviolet lights.
32 imagesOld Car City is a destination, previously a junkyard, with 4,000+ cars located about an hour outside of Atlanta. It is a decaying repository of the auto industry, with rusting cars and trucks converted into objects of art. Nature has created color schemes in hoods, roofs and door panels that would be challenging to replicate in an artist’s studio. Nature functions as sculptor and designer, draping the cars in greenery, wrapping them with trees, and creating new colors and shapes with rust and decay. The vibrant colors and crunchy texture of these photographs highlight the textures and shapes from these classic cars that are rusting in the forest. These images are available as non-editioned photographs.
15 imagesThe art of Bromoil is a labor intensive process which began in the late 1890’s. It was most popular in the 1920s when it was used by the Pictorial photography movement. It is a unique alternative process art form and is currently practiced by a small number of artists worldwide. A Bromoil image begins with a black and white photograph. The photograph is printed on a specialty paper and the silver is removed through a bleaching and tanning chemical process. Permanent lithograph ink is then stippled onto the bleached image with a variety of brushes. The result is an image with pigment rich textures and is a one of a kind piece of artwork. These images are available in Editions of 9.