Re: Where's Waldo... errrr I mean Christina?
Hahahahahahaha thanks for asking. I am still busy at solarplate but first a segue.
I arrived home (begrudgingly) Sunday night in time to teach all day Monday. I am exhausted, as my list of things to do grows by the hour (one of them being to finish a PowerPoint on Judy Seigel's Read My T-Shirt book to present to my non-fiction class).
While at SPE we had the most amazing opportunity to view the Margulies collection. Scott Weber is responsible in part for this, and I thank you, Scott. We were fed an incredible buffet and open bar. The collection is in a HUGE white warehouse and contains 1100 pieces of artwork with most of it photography. Where else can you browse around with a full tummy and drink and have your nose up to a grouping of Cindy Shermans from grad school that you have never seen, Winogrand, Gursky, Ruff, Becher, Crewdson, New Topographic photographers, video installations, photographers too numerous to mention. It blew me away. I have to say my hubby was not as impressed with the work as I was as he isn't into contemporary photography but oh well--probably how I felt in some of the SPE panels that talked so much about trope and slippage and conflation and eliding that I wanted to just say, could you PLEASE show me your effin' work???
Interestingly, I don't remember any alt process there but I was way too busy blabbing with people, too. One last thing, the most entrancing piece of artwork was an ENTIRE bathroom sewn in seethru lavender polyester/nylon, down to even the SCREWS and switchplates!! It was a tour de force as well as being fun, light, funny, and an incredible space to exist in.
But anyway, back to solarplate--last night I printed out some step tablets (6) and am going to expose them to different ratios of screen and positive to see how the scale changes up and down the tonal range. I have been using 2mn/45sec ratio on KM73 that works well for me with UVBL--rich darks and detail in highlights, so I may end up sticking with that after all and making a curve based on that, but I did want to continue to understand the dynamics of the ratio.
I also am going to do some outside sun exposures to see if there is a difference in that vs. UVBL with both mottling and sharpness. I am really excited about that, now that spring and bright sun are here.
I have read all your posts on this and it seems that powdering the positive, the screen, letting the Pictorico dry for a while and even with a heat dry, heat drying the plate post development and then doing the post exposure is all in order.
No one has mentioned using something in between the Pictorico and the glass to prevent that kind of Newtony possible contact, correct? Therefore heck, I might even powder the top of the Pictorico, too. Until I get a tax refund (maybe not) the Amergraph is a pipe dream and I remain with UVBL.
I have both KM73s and solarplates here to work with, and await my chine colle supplies and my Somerset Satin paper so thanks for the tips on paper you all. I also ordered the Hahnemuhle Copperplate. I will be printing my image on top of a pale peach chine colle paper in parts so am really excited to finish this particular image to see it all pan out.
I did include a quickie solarplate chapter just in time for the second edition of my Alternative Processes Condensed book to be printed. I also included both Jon and Susan's images as well as my own...Keith's is sorely missing, tho :( I also pay homage to Jon, Keith, and Susan for help as WELL as Mark Nelson who, behind the scenes, has been laboring with me over this solarplate stuff to come up with a methodical way to calibrate the curve. Not only is it positive but with two separate exposures and the ratio between the two coming into play, it is much more complex than calibrating, say, gum or platinum. He has listened to me whine and almost throw in the towel numerous times, and in his quiet way has said, "Hmmm, I think you might want to do this...." to spur me back to the drawing board. It's weird, Mark doesn't even DO solarplate and he understands it better than I do, that scumbag!
PS DRINKS??!!! Do you know how much I paid for a martini in Miami!!!! $16!!!!! I had to settle for Bud Lite ($7)!
----- Original Message ----- From: "SusanV" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2007 6:25 AM
Subject: Where's Waldo... errrr I mean Christina?
Have we lost Christina to the Florida Keys? Is she down in Key West now, sipping one of those multicolored drinks with the little paper umbrella in it? Is she swimming with dolphins? Taking polaroids of tourists for $20 a pop? hmmm..... Susan -- susan gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com website www.dalyvoss.com