Re: my first two gum prints
This seems to me a demonstration of how differently different people will view the same image.
I think Little Sister is a nicely made tricolor gum print and a cute image, but the other image, the portrait, really speaks to me. I could live with this image, in fact I keep it open on my desktop so I can look at it often. I like the colors just as they are; the golden brown light in the face echoes the golden brown light in the background, and the pink of the vest provides a subtle color contrast while still echoing some of the same hue tones; it brings out the light of the face while remaining in the background itself. To me, it's an analogous color scheme that works very beautifully, and doesn't need any cool tones to be a well balanced picture. I was a bit sorry to learn that the sweater is actually more purple, which would be a different, more complementary and therefore competing rather than supporting, color interaction. Not bad in and of itself, but the effect would be different.
But that's the cool thing about gum printing, is that like painters, we can think about these questions of how colors work together, and like painters, we could even choose colors that work together in ways that suit our purpose, rather than represent the actual colors if they don't.
Not that I think Charles should go out of his way to change the colors in the original image, if he'd prefer to print it more realistically. My point here is more a general point that comes out of the context of other things I've been thinking about recently: isn't it great that in gum printing we have the option to express an image in whatever colors we want to use (more like a painter than a photographer) without having any obligation to, or being forced by technology to, represent the scene in the colors of the original scene.
I agree; if there's no texture in the negatives you've got, there's no point in printing them again to try to print texture in. I don't think I quite understood that, at first.
On Sep 17, 2007, at 9:39 AM, ryberg wrote:
Many thanks to those who said such nice things about my prints.