I photograph scenes from nature in the early morning or evening hours to take advantage of the soft light. Weather conditions are an important element in my work. From the ferocity of a blizzard, to a blanket of morning fog, the atmospheric conditions set the mood for the image and help to determine what printing process I will use. I use alternative and historic processes to print my photographs. The three images I have on display in “Low Tech” ( Mickinley Park / image #1, and Camden Street / images #3 and #4), have been created by a mutiple layer printing process referred to as Gum Bichromate over Ziatype. The first or primary printing is done with a Ziatype solution. This is a Palladium based process that creates a rich detailed, charcoal to sepia toned print. Onto this image, I will add anywhere from one to four additional printed layers using the Gum Bichromate process. This process deploys water color pigments to create imagery, rather than semi precious metals such as Paladium. I apply the Gum Bichromate in finely veiled layers, adding a translucent breath of color to selected areas of my image. Using it in this manner creates a lush sense of coolness, warmth and humidity, while accentuating details, shadows and texture.
Low Tech will be showing at the Center for Fine Art Photography through the month of October.