The images for this set of prints have been chosen through an exploration of combined alternative processes: gum bichromate, cyanotype and platinum/palladium combined in layers. The results are both bold/beautiful color and subtle/delicate shading and textures. The combination of gum bichromate with the other processes give these images a surreal life of their own, which I embrace in this presentation. In the process, the verdancy of these images came through strikingly, even though none of the processes themselves are “green” by nature. Various perspectives of nature, from literal to impressionistic, juxtaposed often with a secondary human constructed element, highlight this combined approach to the various print processes. This is both an exploration of the combination of print processes as well as a portfolio of exquisite landscape photographic captures.
Each of these images is four or more layers with these different processes, and each print has it's own character. Exact reproduction of any of these hybrid prints is difficult, so therefore each is unique and its own "edition". All the factors going into these processes are complicated beyond the scope of an introduction, but I'm happy to say that I have worked with each process, and the combination of processes, enough to be able to focus on the artistic aspects of the image more than the technical.
Are these prints realistic? Not really. They are not intended to be. If a realistic print was the desired outcome, I'd send a computer file to my inkjet printer.
Enjoy the uniqueness of these handcrafted heirloom prints, in their boldness, in their subtleties....