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RE: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

	Beautiful!  One question: The surface of the prints seems to be
mottled.  Is that surface ripples or is it visual?  Can and/or might they be
pressed or do you feel that would remove some of the hand made feeling?

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Burkholder [mailto:fdanb@aol.com] 
Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2008 10:48 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: My first platinum-palladium over gold leaf prints

This evening I finally photographed the first group of platinum/ 
palladium over gold leaf prints. I've printed more than the nine on  
this site but these are the most successful to date. After doing a lot  
of inkjet printing over the past couple years, it felt very refreshing  
to be involved with handmade processes once again. In some way, this  
work is almost a rebellion to the direction most photography is  
taking. The prints are small (4"x6" up to 5.5"x8.5"), unlike the trend  
to giantism that the medium is experiencing. I also wanted to make  
prints with a look and feel unlike anything we can produce with an  
inkjet printer.

I started testing different vellums and sizes in December and am  
starting to get a feel for what works and what doesn't. The harder  
issue (for me at least) is learning what type of images work well in  
this combination and which don't. It's like all of photography; the  
"why's" are always more difficult than the "how's."

The images themselves are a mix of old and new, taking some years-old  
images that are favorites along with new work from our new home in  
upstate New York and exploring the print impact with the gold. The  
"Flatiron in Spring, New York" image is my first effort at bimetal  
gilding. The Flatiron is in palladium leaf and the rest of the print  
is in 24K gold. I'm eager to do more of this Au/Pd leafing. I gotta  
admit that there's something fun about making prints in which the  
final image is comprised of three precious metals, all of which are  
completely insensitive to light. ;^)

I will be out of pocket for a couple of days and won't be able to  
reply very promptly to questions or comments.

Thanks for looking here:




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