Category Archives: Darkroom

1886 meets 2016

A couple of months back a friend gave me a box of unwanted darkroom stuff. Looking through it and came across an antique printing frame for half-plate negatives, 4¾ × 6½ inches or 120 × 165mm.

Looking in more details there are a couple of small dials with movable pointers labelled “Required” with marks at 3,6,9,12,18,21,24, possibly hours? And “Printed” with a range of 1 to 12. The date on the metalwork is 1886.

I have cleaned it up and intend using for Cyanotypes and other similar process. It will also act as a pattern for making larger frames. I am struck by the fusion of digital technology, which makes producing the negatives easy, and old equipment and processes which go back to beginning of photography.


New work – Great Dome Art fair

The Great Dome Art Fair is fast approaching and I am in the process completing the first series in my Fractured Landscape project to be launched at the Dome. The gelatin silver prints will be around 28cm square in frames 48cm square. Each print is processed to archival standards and mounted on archival board with an archival over mount or matt.

Here are two samples from a recent outing. Please note: these are scans of the negatives and do not represent the much higher quality of the finished gelatin silver print.

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