I got a favorable review in the DC City Paper for my image in the “Signatures” exhibit at Photoworks. The exhibit is (well, was, it’s now over and I’ll be picking up my print after work today) a brief show of images by students and instructors at Photoworks, with the theme of “signatures” indicating characteristic images that can be viewed as representing you and the work you do – pieces you would be recognized for. I submitted my Ficus Tree, Recoleta, Buenos Aires as my contribution to the exhibit, and it was one of three pieces singled out by the reviewer as praiseworthy. The reviewer did get the process all wrong, calling it a faux-toning process (he obviously didn’t ASK, or try to contact me about it before publishing the review), but I’ll take any positive press!
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I finished up my first session of my Intro to Platinum/Palladium Printing class today. I had eight students, all highly motivated and enthusiastic, and it was a big help in making the class succeed. I was a bit nervous as this was my first time running the class, and it was sold out. There was a very diverse audience – about half and half male and female, and age ranges from early 20′s to late 60s (maybe older than that, but it’s not a very polite thing to ask). I was really thrilled that everything went smoothly – on day one, we all talked about the process, shared work and little bios of our artistic backgrounds, and then went out in Glen Echo Park to walk around and shoot some images. We made 10 negatives all told, enough for everyone in the class to own one, with a couple spares. Since platinum/palladium is a contact printing process, we shot all the film with my 5×7. Most of the students had never used a view camera before, so it was an additional learning experience for them. I took the film home with me and developed it that night, so that students would have real live working negatives, properly developed, for the class, and to keep a sample to see what a good negative looks like.
Today, we got in to the darkroom early, set up and went through the process, end to end. I began with a coating demonstration, then exposed the print, developed, cleared, washed and dried it. Then I cut my students loose and let them coat and print away.
We used a combination of artificial UV light source and natural daylight – it was a cloudy overcast day, so actually not a bad day for doing pt/pd prints, but exposure times were LONG outdoors – with some negatives, up to 25 minutes. For a quick-and-dirty portable UV light source, I used a 16-socket PhotoDiox lamp house with black-light compact fluorescent tubes. It worked out great for exposing, if a little slow (the average exposure with it was 12 minutes), but we could only do one at a time with it. We still managed to get two prints done for each student, which is not bad for a single day printing session with so many people trying to use a small facility.
We got the chance to try both traditional develop-out palladium prints and printing-out Ziatypes (a variation on the theme but the image if fully formed during exposure and requires only a water wash step instead of development. Here are my students posing with their prints –
And here’s a finished print of one of the student images. The print is still wet, and the crappy Olympus digital P&S I was using didn’t white balance well, so my apologies in advance if the shot looks a little yellow -
I received great news today – with over a week to go before the wednesday night demo, I have 10 people registered. This is terrific. I’m really looking forward to the event, and I can’t wait to meet all the people interested in the process. There’s still room to sign up if anyone is interested, so please head over to the Photoworks website and sign up.
Here is the press release about the Glen Echo Photoworks events coming up for FotoWeek DC. I will be participating in the “Celebration of Alternative Processes Symposium” on Sunday, November 6 and running a demo of Platinum/Palladium printing on Wednesday, November 9. I know a lot of the other presenters and they’re really great people and great artists. This will be a terrific event and I’m really looking forward to it.
Dates announced for Platinum/Palladium printing Demo, 11-09-2011 at Photoworks Glen Echo Leave a comment
I will be doing a live demonstration of the platinum/palladium printing process at Photoworks in Glen Echo, Maryland as part of the FotoWeek festival. The date and time has been finalized – Wednesday, November 9, from 7-9 PM. Topics to be covered include: tools, paper, chemistry, coating techniques, processing, contrast control and altering image color. The session fee is $40. The session will be held in the upstairs classroom in the Photoworks facility.
Photoworks in Glen Echo, Maryland (just outside Washington DC) will be putting on a slate of events as part of FotoWeek DC from November 5-12, 2011. I will be participating in the alternative process show-and-tell on Sunday, November 6, from 11AM to 4PM. I will be showing selections from my recent body of work of DC at night, all shot on large format film.
I will also be giving a platinum/palladium printing demo later that week (date/time to be determined) – admission is $40 plus a $10 materials fee. Here is the slate of presenters and schedule for November 6. I encourage everyone to come out and see the show, and if you’ve never been out to Photoworks before, please come check it out, it’s a lovely facility in the terrific (and photographically ripe) setting of Glen Echo Park, which is part of the National Park Service!
For more information about the park and its cultural, social and educational activities for people of all ages, here is a link to the park’s website:
Glen Echo Park
11:00 11:30 Barbara Maloney Intro/Temperaprint/Photoetching/Cyanotype
11:30 12:00 Scott McMahon Gum bichromate
12:00 12:30 Scott Davis Platinum/palladium
12:30 13:00 Sheila Galagan Lith Printing
13:00 13:30 Andrew Currie Tintype
13:30 14:00 break
14:00 14:30 Grace Taylor Vandyke brown
14:30 15:00 George Smyth Bromoil
15:00 15:30 Keith Williams Monobath/IR/UV
15:30 16:00 Richard Pippin Lith Printing
I’ve gotten some further confirmation, so I can post more information about this now:
I’ll be showing work at PhotoWorks in Glen Echo, Maryland as part of PhotoWeek DC 2011. I’ll be displaying my platinum/palladium prints and talking about the process as part of a show-and-tell event on Sunday, November 6. I’ll update with links when they have a schedule of events published. I’ll also probably be doing a process demo some evening that week or the following weekend, November 12-13, and a full-fledged workshop in the spring of 2012.
On a separate note, I’ve been asked to be a judge next weekend at the Howard County Fair’s Home Arts department photography contest. If you’re going to be in the neighborhood, stop by and say hello and see the entries in the contest.