Taking up Gum Bichromate printing is like learning to play an instrument. There is just such a complexity to it, and no universal rules. The combination of papers, gum arabic, dichromate and an endless variety of watercolor and other pigments; along with process variations, offers a palette to the photographer that brings them into the realm of painter. Gum Bichromate prints are multi-pass wet method prints, with as few as one layer to over a dozen.
Some of these prints are multiple processes as well, with gum over cyanotype, gold-toned kallitype or palladium prints. Toning, bleaching and selective coloration are among the many extended possibilities.
Monhegan Island, ME & Rockland, ME – The First Annual Monhegan Island Photo Festival is pleased to present a group invitational exhibition of works featuring five photographers who have captured different aspects of “The Artists’ Island”.
There will be two exhibitions: The first on Monhegan Island itself at the Carina House from May 27, 2016 – June 5th, 2016 with an opening reception on Saturday, May 28th from 3-8 pm; the second on the mainland in Rockland, Maine at 25 Oak Street from June 30th through July 10th with an opening reception on Thursday, June 30th from 5-8 pm and during the Rockland Gallery Walk Evening on Friday, July 1st from 5-9 pm.
Five photographers will be featured in the show: David Aimone, J Michael Sullivan, Jason Philbrook, Penny Hoey and Steven Aimone. These photographs document the varied terrain and sights on the island, using a variety of both traditional and modern tools. Antique lenses as well as modern cameras, both digital and film are used. The goal is to present the island in a way that is both familiar to people who know the island, yet from a perspective that differs from the traditional landscape image.
Monhegan is a small island 10 miles out in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the state of Maine in the USA. Less than 5 square miles in size, most of the landscape has been put aside as a nature preserve. The island has been a magnet for well over a century for artists such as Rockwell Kent and Andrew Wyeth, and photographers Ralph Steiner, Bertrand Wentworth and Kosti Ruohomaa.
Labor intensive, this print has multiple layers using silver, ferric oxalate, cyanotype, palladium, potassium dichromate, gum arabic and watercolors (not to mention citric acid, EDTA, sodium citrate, ammonium acetate and a bunch of other minor ingredients). This is a scan of the print, which is hard to capture accurately due to the paper texture and nuances of all the above components.
Announcing the inaugural Monhegan Island Photo Festival this May and June on Monhegan Island, Maine. This year we're starting small, as an invitational with five participating photographers: J Michael Sullivan, Jason Philbrook, Penny Hoey, Steven Aimone and David Aimone.
Monhegan Island, 12 miles off the coast of Maine, has long been renowned as an Artist's Retreat. Plein Air painting, along with other fine arts, still thrives amongst the cliffs, coastline, spruce forests and village. One formal commercial gallery exists, and that gallery has focused mainly on Monhegan Painters.
There has also been a photographic tradition over the years, represented by photographers such as Ralph Steiner, Bertrand Wentworth and Kosti Ruohomaa . We would like to help re-invigorate the photographic tradition on Monhegan Island, beginning with the Inaugural Monhegan Island Photo Festival 2016.
With a variety of papers, developers and toners, a wide range of textures and tones can be achieved. This image of the Universal Preservation Hall Stairwell was developed in a combination of sodium acetate and ammonium citrate, then toned using gold chloride. Arches Platine paper. Each print is unique.
View more handmade images in the every growing gallery of Kallitypes on my Visura website.
"Victoria", by David Aimone, was selected as Juror's Choice in the exhibit "Reveal" at the Darkroom Gallery in Essex Junction, Vermont. Daniel Power of Powerhouse Books in NYC is the juror for this show, featuring 50 images from 30 photographers, of "Figural works, depicted and exposed by fine art photography." Two additoinal images of David's were accepted in the show as well.
The show runs from August 20th through September 13th, with an opening reception Friday, August 21st.
The image "Victoria" and other works by David Aimone can be viewed on his Visura website at www.aimonephoto.com.
This is a set of three 12x18" Kallitypes printed for our friends Ute and Thomas, who have a vacation home in Sonvico. The front door image (#2) is the entrance to their home. We were very fortunate to stay with them for two nights last October, and I'm sending these three images as a gift for their home in Zurich.
Kallitypes are identical to Palladium or Platinum prints, depending on the toner used. The only difference is the process used to make the prints. You can see these and other Kallitype Prints at http://www.aimonephoto.com/kallitype
fotovisura member David Aimone is a musician and photographer. Born into a family of creatives, he says that, for him, music and images are "essentially the same". Working mostly with natural light ("I am not a huge fan of strobe or studio lights"), his portraits, nudes and landscapes all share his dream-like, fantasty aesthetic. He says of beauty: "... it can be found in the subject itself, the lighting which renders the subject, the textures in the images, or the patterns that make up the image."
All but one of the Maine images are from incomparable Monhegan Island where we photograph together every year. These images are juxtaposed with photographs taken of Italian landscape and architecture, predominately from Tuscany and Piemonte.
This collection will be shown in a pop-up show on Monhegan Island, Maine, Memorial Day Weekend May 22-26, 2015 at the Carina House; and has shown in Saratoga Springs, NY and scheduled for other venues through the end of this calendar year.
The Kallitype is a hand-crafted, archival process that goes back 175 years. The process uses iron and silver based compounds to coat the paper, and various types of developers. The photographer here uses mainly sodium citrate. The image is contact printed by placing a negative that is the size of the final print on the paper that has been coated and then dried, then exposed under UV light. The print is then developed, toned, fixed and cleared/washed.
These prints are toned in a palladium or gold solution, which replaces the original silver in the print with that particular noble metal. This is done for two reasons: first, it changes the color of the print to a deeper brownish/black and second, it makes the print archival and protects it from fading. In fact, Kallitypes toned in palladium or platinum are indistinguishabe from palladium or platinum prints, both visually and chemically. In fact, many "platinum" prints in museums are probably kallitypes, as "platinum" prints were more prestigeous due to perceived archival qualities. When processed correctly, Kallitypes are every bit as archival as platinum prints.
For David Aimone, the photographer, shooting images of a model is very much like shooting images of a landscape — to a point. The light, the composition, the depth of field are all approached from the same place as with a landscape. But there is an added dimension. Here, the subject is also conscious, and in the best case they are also in “the Zone” and experiencing a moment of Satori!
Monhegan Island is a small fishing community and artists' retreat 12 miles off the coast of Maine. It is known for it's scenic beauty and has attracted artists to its shores for well over 100 years. This image shows a less typical scene from the island.
From photographers and brothers David and Steven Aimone, these images represent a view of two locations. Contrasts and commonalities are highlighted through the eyes of both Aimones.
Images are presented in monochrome and framed to the same size. These 24 images are selected from the larger pool of 48 images—24 from Maine and 24 from Italy. This show is available to galleries upon request. Contact David Aimone through the contact information on this site.
Currently scheduled to show in Saratoga Springs, NY in April; Monhegan, Maine in May; this summer at the Kings Place/Albany Barn Gallery in Albany, NY.
"Ana in Window", a recent image of mine, will be in the juried show "The Photographic Nude 2015" at the Lightbox Gallery in Astoria, Oregon. The print will be available in both archival inkjet and Kallitype toned in Palladium versions.