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Re: Pinhole gums

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  • Subject: Re: Pinhole gums
  • From: Diana Bloomfield <dhbloomfield@bellsouth.net>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2008 13:20:20 -0500
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Thanks for posting those, Marek.  That is brave of you to post the originals, too.  I like the rich red of those.  Almost of my gum prints have been made with either pinhole, zone plate, or a toy camera.  I made my first couple of gum prints from a lens-based camera only last week.  I couldn't believe how much easier it was to register from a sharp, well-defined negative.  I had no idea.  

I do have a related question maybe you or someone else can answer.  I always size my paper, and dry it, outside, and I sized a batch last week when it was unusually cold here.  I  had my gelatin and hardener in one of those electric pots that keeps warm, but I still had to coat fairly quickly.  I've had a lot of gum-printing trouble with that paper ever since.  So is that a known problem-- coating gum, or sizing, or hanging it up to dry-- in relatively cold weather?  Or should that not make any difference?

On Nov 29, 2008, at 12:38 PM, Marek Matusz wrote:

It has been so quiet on the list that I decided to post some pictures printed over the holidays. They are gum prints made from pinhole photographs. I have done the worst thing by posting the originals as well, but maybe it will create some discussion

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