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  1. New Blog

    by , 01-04-2011 at 10:57 AM
    I've set up a new blog on Wordpress, which has a bit more flexibility as far as look/feel/content management. I'll be writing about my collecting vintage images, my gum and platinum printing, large format photography, and anything else relating to my photography experience. The URL is


    I've already got some content up there which I hope people are finding useful and/or interesting.
  2. Gum Printer's bane

    by , 12-13-2010 at 02:15 PM
    No, it's not humidity. No, it's not finding the proper balance of pigment to gum. No, it's not the balance of pigment/gum to Ammonium Dichromate. All that stuff's easy. Relatively. The true bane is registering your negative(s), especially when trying to print a relatively darker layer over a relatively light layer. I was just working on an image where the under layer was Burnt Sienna, which in the real world translates into peachy-colored, fairly light pigment. Couple this with having a relatively ...
  3. More adventures in gum printing land

    by , 12-06-2010 at 06:29 AM
    Well, I've been keeping at my gum printing, and I'm starting to rise to the level of not incompetent. I think the biggest takeaway from my experience so far would be best summarized by a line from John Malkovich's character in "Art School Confidential": "Don't have unrealistic expectations". Every gum print is a new experience. Results are unpredictable. Learn to like happy accidents. Despite your best intentions, when masking the border, the coating will bleed under the masking ...
  4. Gum printing, experimentation and premature demises

    by , 11-16-2010 at 10:59 AM
    My latest foray in alternative processes has been delving into the world of gum bichromate. I've gone down this particular garden path for a reason - no, not personal insanity, but rather I have a commission that requires it. Gum is pretty sensible all things considered, not any harder on paper than say platinum. However, there are so many other variables you have to work in - how much pigment to mix for a given color, how much exposure to give, what strength of dichromate to use, what paper to ...
  5. Whole Plate Project Show

    by , 08-28-2010 at 07:14 PM
    Well, we had the "closing" reception last night at Art Reactor Gallery for the Whole Plate Project. I say "closing" in quotes because the show is up on the wall for another two weeks almost, but since the last weekend we will have the show up is the Labor Day holiday, I had the closing this weekend instead. Attendance was lighter than that of the opening reception, but quality made up for quantity. We had some serious viewers come through, and I got to spend some quality time ...
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