[alt-photo] Re: How do you reproduce your work?

Diana Bloomfield dhbloomfield at bellsouth.net
Mon Dec 28 16:22:59 GMT 2009


Becky Larson is a good friend of mine who does gorgeous alt work and  
pinhole.  She lives in Tampa.  You can access her contact info by  
Googling Rebecca Sexton Larson.  Her website/blog should come up for  

Sam,  I love that you have these assumptions that we're all out there  
getting our work published, so much so that we are faced with and need  
to make these esoteric decisions.  :)

Nevertheless, I tend to not show the brush marks-- although it does  
depend on the image itself and the process used.  I suppose if this  
hypothetical publication is a book explaining alt processes, then it's  
good to show those marks.  If it's simply work being published-- not  
specific to alt process, or an alt process how-to publication, I would  
hesitate showing the brush marks.  Again, it depends-- but I often  
think showing those brush marks (in a publication or in an exhibit)  
can get a little precious and suggests that you, as an artist, are  
more interested in the process used than the image itself.  At least,  
that's how I think when I see something like that. I do think that  
brush marks often tend to detract from an image, rather than enhance  
it.  Just my 2 cents.

Now I'm gonna go and see if I can get something published.  :)

Hope you're having fun in China, or on your way home (?).


On Dec 27, 2009, at 9:36 PM, Christina Anderson wrote:

> Hi Sam!
> It is a pain.  I did a book of my work in Blurb, including the  
> borders and some of the paper as well, and it looks---cut off.   
> Normally I show all my borders and a bit of the white of the paper  
> when I mat but in print it looks weird.
> I just got into this discussion with a senior who did a wonderful  
> project in gum.  She matted leaving a border showing, 1/4 to 1/2  
> inch around each gum print, but no brushey edges, and they looked  
> really clean and nice, and I think it may be the way to go with  
> print.  I will still expose my edges, though, in framed work.
> I have been thinking a lot about the list because I just collated  
> 379 pages of alt list advice down to an organized, alphabetized, 127  
> pp and am very proud of myself for finally doing it.  But it was so  
> cool (since I have authors attached to every post) to go through all  
> these names of listees over the years who have contributed.  Makes  
> me so proud of this list!
> Hope everyone is having a great holiday!  I am enjoying family and  
> good Montepulciano d'Abruzzo dry red wine and the warm(er) weather  
> of Tampa FL.
> Hmmm.....wonder if there is any alt down here...
> Chris
> Christina Z. Anderson
> christinaZanderson.com
> On Dec 27, 2009, at 5:42 PM, sam wang wrote:
>> Wow. The list is so quiet.
>> My posts didn't seem to have shown up, so maybe there are still  
>> hiccups.
>> Anyhow, let me see if anyone might like to respond, in case this  
>> message does reach the list: in publications, how do you like to  
>> show your alt work? That is, other than accuracy of colors etc, how  
>> do you treat the paper outside of the image area? Would you crop it  
>> all out or would you leave a faint paper color and texture?
>> I know it's something to be determined on a case by case basis, but  
>> is there a general feeling that for hand coated alt processes, only  
>> the coated area is important, or how about the way the coated area  
>> sits on the paper surface? The question can be important especially  
>> when the highlights are more of the color of the paper itself, and  
>> when the paper is not very white to begin with.
>> How about some discussions?
>> Sam Wang
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