Essex Update

Here are a couple of new salt prints from my Essex salt print project. I’m really enjoying my photo’ trips to essex. Particularly when I’m out on the salt marshes. This first salt print was photographed at low tide and there wasn’t another person around. Just me and few thousand wading birds. Oystercatchers, Curlews and Godwits sifting through the mud for their dinner.

 

Footprints

Footprints

The Tollesbury salt marshes are a unique landscape. A mazeĀ of interconnecting creeks that make a snug mooring for the local sailor’s boats. I’m sure it would make a great picture shot from a helicopter.

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Number 12

 

 

Salt Prints

I’ve been working hard at perfecting my Salt Printing technique recently. It’s a tricky process to get right. The prints need to be toned to protect the silver and help with archival longevity. I’ve been using Gold and Platinum.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 Essex Smacks dredging for oysters of West Mersea, Essex. A Platinum toned Salt Print.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 Essex Smacks dredging for oysters off West Mersea, Essex. A Platinum toned Salt Print.

The Garden Gate. A Platinum toned Salt Print

The Garden Gate. A Platinum toned Salt Print

Dahlia 3. A Gold toned Salt Print

Dahlia 3. A Gold toned Salt Print

2 Weeks In Utah.

A few pictures from Richard’s road trip around the stunningly beautiful National and State Parks of Southern Utah.

Bristlecone Pine in the Kodachrome Basin

Bristlecone Pine in the Kodachrome Basin

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In the Kodachrome Basin at sunset

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Seen in a dried up river bed near Tropic.

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The Devils Garden.

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The road between Escalante and Boulder.

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Desert Road.

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Dead Bristlecone Pines above Bryce Canyon.

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In Bryce Canyon.

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Clapboard in Cannonville.

 

Platinum/Palladium Printing

I’ve always enjoyed the craft element to photography. No matter how the image was captured, on film or digitally, it is in the darkroom, crafting the print that I’m happiest.

The printing method that I use almost exclusively for my monochrome prints nowadays is the Platinum/Palladium process. If you would like to know more about this 19th Century process, please have a look at my website and blog that deal exclusively with Platinum/Palladium printing.

Although they are quite expensive to make, they have a number of advantages over other printing methods. Primarily they are so stable they will outlast the paper they are printed on. Secondly they display more information than any other monochrome printing method. They are quite simply the most beautiful prints you will ever see.

Here are a few of my own Platinum/Palladium prints and yes they do come from my garden. A place where you might gather I get a lot of inspiration.

dried acer seeds

Dried Acer Seeds

leaf from a fatsia tree

Fatsia Leaf

dried sunflower heaads

Dried Sunflower Heads

japanese anemone seed pods

Japanese Anemone Seed Pods

And here is a print we made recently for Magnum Photos. It is an early (1966) photograph of Muhammad Ali by Thomas Hoepker.

Muhammad Ali By Thomas Hoepker

Muhammad Ali By Thomas Hoepker