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Re: Weston Diploma Parchment

I'm no expert on pt/pd but have worked a fair amount with the old paper and my students loved it except for its flimsiness. What I found was it doesn't clear very well so the first bath has to be acidic. And I am wondering if your "palm print" is not that at all but uneven coating, as the paper is quite absorbent. John Zowkowski is sending me a sample of the new stuff shortly and I have lots of the old to compare with (I bought 250 sheets last year) so I'll see if there is a change.

But more importantly, what I wanted to say is I just LOVE that image! It is hilarious. Very contemporarily vacant/banale. I have a former student whose work is right up your alley. He's been photographing building sites of a "suburban dream" nature.

Christina Z. Anderson
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jon Reid" <jon@sharperstill.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 5:46 AM
Subject: Weston Diploma Parchment

Hi all,

Just following on from this mornings post.
Here are a few pics of my clearing baths showing how yellow the first bath became. I'm sure the clearing bath was reducing somewhat the 'warmth' of the paper. Only two 5x7 prints had been in this bath when the pics were taken. It is Kodak Hypo-Clear. Others have complained about its wet strength, which I found to be ok. What really surprised me was how easily/readily it absorbed grease from my fingers hands. The act of tearing up a 11x14 sheet into smaller pieces has left that large palm-print on the paper which you can see as the really yellow bit. This then clears and takes the image with it! Obviously if I was printing anything other than tests I'd use full sheets and not handle any part related to the image but I've never had that issue with Arches Platine.