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more providence ri

i live not to far from the jewel of new england

and have taken up making digital photographs

of the skyline, and soon to be the pre 1950s architecture …

and making digital negatives at kinko’s copies

i’m not quite sure which i like better small or larger

i haven’t made a full 8×10 film negative yet, maybe with the right

image it will look nice, as is, i have made contact sheets and  1/2 8x10s

the camera has no issue, it would probably work OK even with a cheap cellphone snappy,

i’m certain film negatives would look great too.

 

here is the latest  …

 

1920s skyscraper, 1020s look

sun print digital negative

digital negative sun print

long view industiral natinal bank

sun print, digital negative

tower of the industrial national bank building

sun print digital negative

industrial national bank

digital negative

chimneys and roofs

kink

hybrid xerox negaive

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electric midnight blue

working on a new project i am going to call electric midnight blue

it uses a varient of the sunprints i have been making

these images were all made today in overcast sun in about 1-2 hours

next group will be cyanotypes, and thinking of making them really big down the road ..

for now they will be small

 

sun prints polymax rc

electric midnight providence

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clarification

retina images are NEGATIVES made IN a CAMERA

sun prints are contact prints or photograms.

 

the images are ephemeral, they are not light safe, they usually turn whtie if fixed

they usually can not be developed or they turn black from the long exposure.

 

they can be made with dektol soaked paper, and sometimes loolk like they are COLOR photos, not BLACK and WHITE.

 

there are ways to fix them, but  its a lot of trouble so i don’t bother.

 

EVERY image that i have made is the result of a copying an original

with SCANNER and using PHOTOSHOP.

 

 

after the image is scanned, i treat it like any other negative.

invert ( postive>negative or neg>positive)

levels to adjust contrast since they get damaged/degrade from the scanner

cropping /straightening out  since i can’t put them perfectly in the scanner,or they were made with a camera i can’t compose with

desaturating/tinting / colorizing  i remove tone of the image and add color to make it more like a color image, or painting or something else

 

i call them retina prints after niepce’s experiments with silver chloride paper

http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/exhibitions/permanent/firstphotograph/niepce/

i don’t use silver chloride paper, but made with modern materials, handmade materials.

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cyclone negative cyanotype

a couple of days ago i was making some more cyanotypes

i loaded up some contact frames with waxed negatives to see if

i could get a better print than i did with my old coated paper

some of those prints just didnt’ work out ..  and at the same time

i found an old hand coated paper negative made with the cyclone #3

a while ago, that was just sitting on the tabletop.  i had cleaned up quite a bit

a week or 2 ago:  i swept the floor;  i organized;  i put things away;  i stacked things;

i found things i hadn’t seen in a while.  the paper negative was a rediscovery, even though

it wasn’t really lost.  it seems like it was coated on xerox paper, it is thin and durable.  not sure

what emulsion is on it, maybe foma?  maybe my home-brew, not sure.  it has a nice contrast and look and

i stuck it in the contact frame.  the waxed negatives took a ton of time before to expose, so

i was banking on a day or 2 in the sun for all 3 of the cyanotypes.  it was a lot more diffuclt in late october because

the sun is low, and it moves across the sky differently than before, so i had to really follow the sun around with the print frames.

i did OK i suppose, but i was more in open shade than i was in the sun, and that is OK too.

the print is made from the same classic formula i coated the others with.  and after 2 days in the sun

i washed it in water and added a little hydrogen peroxide to finish the development, and eventually i painted

some areas of the print with dilute washing soda to give a yellowish hue to some areas.

anyhow, its the kitchen table and window and chairs.

not sure if i am going to add my own colors or leave it, the blue tones of cyanotypes are starting to grow on me.

 

classic, and blue

window table and chairs
classic cyanotype H2O2 to develop out faster as i always do, and a little washing soda to bleach and ad color

http://jnanian.imagekind.com/store/Images.aspx/e7b40dbc-7aba-4bf2-ae7f-355201cb53c4/RecentUploads

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the honey jar

there is a bee keeper on the other side of town i like to buy honey from.  i usually drive down his driveway

which looks like it isn’t really there from the head of the street, but you just make a left and follow the dirt road.

you arrive and there are honey bees flying around doing their thing.  if i was my younger self i wouldn’t be very

happy, i’ve been bitten by bees or yellow jackets and wasps and hornets when i was a kid, and i have a healthy

misunderstood fear about honey bees.  they just do their thing, its the other “stuff” that want to sting you.  just

yesterday i was talking with an old friend who told me about how he moved a school desk in his back yard

and a cyclone of thousands of yellow jackets came out and chased him inside.  he’s the same guy who told me a

story years ago, when i mentioned we had yellow jackets flying out of a hole in the ground, he told me about

hiking in california or someplace and stopping at an overlook of some sort and he heard the hum of high tension

wires / electricity.  he looked around and there were no power lines but he noticed yellow jackets coming out of

the ground.  he was standing on a giant hive …  he kind of kept walking and didn’t look back.

anyways, the bee keeper …

i’ve gone there a few times and told friends and family about him.  he goes by the name papa roger

in case you want some, or want to buy some bees or bee keeping supplies

https://sites.google.com/site/paparogersfarm/contact

the first batch of honey i got from him was in a big quart jar, and it was black as tar, and amazing.  the 2nd

batches were in smaller jars and the usual amber color.  we’re out now and i have to bring my jars

back to papa roger to be re-filled with his local honey.  some say that consuming honey is good if you

have allergies to pollen, hay fever &c.  im not sure if it is true, or not, i just like his honey.

this is one of the jars.

i made some cyanotypes from it.  i used fresh mixed cyanotype emulsion, the “classic” recipe

there are as many recipes for making classic cyanotypes as there are people who make them

the one i used:

50 g. Ferric Ammonium Citrate (8 oz. H2O)

Part B 35 g. Potassium Ferricyanide ( 8oz. H2O)

the blues are deep and dark and beautiful.  the cyanotypes i had been making the last few weeks

were made with pre-coated paper from 7+ months ago, i could see the difference immediately

the fresh coated, fresh made paper is more sensitive to light, and depending on the batch i used

the blue can be more intense.  the contrast is really high so i have decided to use the sun in open shade

if i can for at least part of the exposure and direct sun for part of the exposure, it gives a fuller image.

anyways here are 3 honey jars

3 jars

hydrogen peroxide added to wash water, then a tiny bit of washing soda.

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waxed field and photograms

another from a recent slew of waxed negative cyanotypes

waxed and exposed, mottled sky

waxed negative 2 day exposure

one of the last coated papers from the winter/spring when i coated and coated to use up my sensitizer.  the  paper is yellowish

from being bleached a little bit, maybe 10 seconds with sodium carbonate, but the reverse side of the paper has a clear image as

if the cyanotype embedded itself inside the paper.  i almost scanned THAT side instead of the actual side i exposed on.

 

hair care tools

tools of the trade

broken glass and glass

desaturated cyanotype

 

the absolute last cyanotypes from last winter/spring,

and a few comments …

pre coated paper lasts a long while but gets slower every day it sits in a light safe.  even darkish weirdly colored paper

still has some juice left in it and it just takes a little extra time in the sun.  waxed prints bleed through the paper but the image

isn’t as clear or nice on the other side.  #10 envelopes make great cyanotype paper.  they are fun to coat and expose on

and a great aspect ratio.  when they are washed all the glue that holds them together lets go and it leaves you with wings

they can be ignored or included in the final piece.  this time i ignored them but next time i won’t.  cyanotypes are so much fun

i almost want to stop using a camera and film and photo paper !  … almost.

as i type this entry i have some more ideas to do with photo paper and hand coated emulsion.  ideas that will give me black paper

because the black paper i coated bled black dye all in my chemistry, because i dont’ want to deal with black glass, and while i

have exposed and processed and re-coated with liquid emulsion regular photopaper in the past i might have stumbled upon

something easy and fun to do that doesnt’ require double dipping in photochemistry.

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back, waaay back

if you have been reading my blog you probably know i have been making chemical free photographs for a few years.

you probably know i have designed and sold a handful of cameras that make chemical free photographs

and you probably have seen handfuls of scans of these images.

some are made on photo paper with a piece of film or object ontop of the paper, like either a contact print

or a photogram ( or rayogram )

others have been made using a camera with the lens open for anywhere from 25 or 30minutes to a few hours.

i’ve used paper i’ve coated myself with liquid emulsion glass i’ve coated and even metal plates …

today i rummaged through my pile of film and film holders

and i loaded a sheet of vericolor III into one of my self made cameras and exposed it for around an hour, maybe more, maybe less.

the film was originally a pretty high iso (asa) film compared to paper.  its iso 160 ( around there ) where paper is anywhere from

iso 3 or 6 to maybe around 25  depending on the light.

i figured it wouldn’t need a ton of light to get a good exposure.

i set the camera up and got a nice full contrast scene, some lights, some darks and some inbetween tones …

i took the film out of the camera and scanned it

 

long exposed film

 

after i removed the tone in photoshop the image had a beautiful soft copper tone to it.

inverted, desaturated contrast-tweaked and a little brownish tone added

 

i have a lot of color film i can’t get processed so this will be a great way for me to use up my film.

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dream

they say you dream in black and white

and when you awake your brain puts color to it all.

see previous upload for information

 

i awoke and saw it all in color …

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hand color, sun print .. half the dream

sometimes i run on inertia,
i just am on autopilot and don’t really stop and think
if i am doing something right or wrong &c.

the colors were added by me using a mouse.

 

glass plate sun print hand colored

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recent LUMEN prints from glass plates ( The Dream )

sometimes i put a piece of glass or something out in the sun, on a sheet of photo paper

i did this yesterday with some glass plates i exposed and treated last week ….

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The Dream

 

while i lay still at night
on my back with my eyes closed
i dreamed …
i rode through the air on my horse
through the trees and the darkness to the light
there were faces there to greet me
people talked
and pointed
there was a sailor in a cap
watching as the people turned to leaves and blew away
i eventually woke
and wondered where i was.

( click on image to see the whole thing, the thumb nail is clipped )

 

lumen contact print from glass negative

sometimes i look at clouds,
other times i look at prints

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hand colored work, from dry plates

i am kind of stuck in hybrid mode these days

part of me is stuck in about 1890 and the other part in 2013 ..

recently i have been hand coating metal and glass plates with liquid emulsion
some were exposed and developed in a special developer to convert the negative image to a positive
( tintypes and ambrotypes ) with wet plate images this is done with collodion spiked with certain salts
which then bind with silver nitrate and are developed …this sort of thing was invented in the late 1850s early 1860s …

what i am doing was invented 20 years later.  instead of the silver nitrate ( and salts ) being suspended in a slowly drying
celluloid ( collodion ) that needs to be processed into a photographic image right away when still “wet”, i am using the silver-stuff
that has been suspended in clear gelatin.  they are called DRY plates …  it is the same silver gelatin liquid that i coat on paper ..
the same emulsion you can make yourself if you want  ( it really is easy enough for a college student to do ..  i did as a 20 years old at least )
and it is really easy to purchase from a store in a bottle  ( liquid light, black cat, se-1 &c ) …
in around 1900 someone discovered a way to invert the image to make a positive …  street photographers capitalized on this making instant portraits and post cards  ( developing tank under + attached to the camera ) …  and you can still do this today with the rockland colloid tintype kit

that is what i am using at least because the recipe for the developer is an unknown …

some plates are tintypes i made, some ambrotypes

and some are hand colored ( using photoshop )

 

 

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camera rubbings

last xmas i received a folding camera as a present.    i made a series of rubbings and then cyanotypes from them.
a lot of folks make cyanotypes and the photograph is the end of the end of the process.
i bleached and painted and crayoned and had a little more fun.

x4 folder

hand worked folder, back inside, front

 

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more waxed paper negatives

over the past few months i have been using paper negatives instead of film, and making photograms
when i make cyanotypes.  in other words, instead of using a film negative and making a contact print
or just putting objects on the paper to record their shape and or shadow, i have used paper, and charcoal
and made rubbings.  the first photographic negatives were paper negatives, and they were usually waxed
before they were printed as a positive / salt print.  while i have the materials to make salt prints
( paper sized in salt water, smeared with silver nitrate and exposed to UV and BLUE light to make a photograph )
i am making cyanotypes.  an IRON not SILVER  photographic process that uses 2 chemical compounds
which when mixed together are sensitive to light.  then the paper is washed in regular old tap water,
iron rinses out and the print is deep blue in color.  most of the time i bleach the  blue, so the image isn’t so  … blue
and i paint or use crayons to color the images by hand.
rather than making rubbings of things i have close by  …  parts of doorframes, tables, cameras, floor tiles &c
i chose to take an image or two that was taken with a digital camera.  i reversed it to turn it to a negative, and had it printed onto xerox paper.
i waxed the paper and used it as a negative  …

these are a few of the prints i came up with ,,,

 

waxed, painted bleached

bleached, waxed negative

the point

bleached cyanotype, waxed negative

 

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cyanotype paper coated

mixed new chemistry ( 200cc ) this morning and prepared paper to coat this afternoon.  i learned form a very wise person at the RISD store that my favorite cyanotype paper and paper negative paper is “butcher paper”  its white and kind of “waxy”  smooth and WORKS GREAT !

i trimmed a bunch of it down to just over 4×5 and coated it with both chemicals mixed , maybe 30cc total.

they dried and tomorrow they will be used …

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tiles and lumen prints

i have been making lumen prints for a while now they are created by putting things onto a piece of photo paper and leaving it in the sun.  the sun makes a photogram or prints a negative or both.
i have made these lumen prints with cameras as well, leaving the camera open for an extended period of time, sometimes 3/4 an hour, sometimes 6 or 7 hours.   sometimes i even use cameras i made by hand, the largest camera i have made was 12×16″, i have sold a few too.

recently i started to coat plates with photo emulsion again.  i did this years ago as a student, but i made darkroom or in camera exposures to be
developed out using developer, and traditional darkroom chemistry.

two of them looked like this:

 

from glass plate

lumen plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lumen plate

exposed in a cyclone #5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a few days ago i decided to use some water color paper/ velum i have coated with a few layers of photo emulsion.  like with the plates
the emulsion was old, expired and given to me by a friend  ( thanks winger ! )   i put a clipping from the

flowering forsythia bush on the paper
and left it in the sun for an hour, or hour and a half.  i scanned what i could of the image and inverted it in photoshop and the image looked like this:

 

 

forsythia

1-1.5 hour exposure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

i replicated it a few times and made some tiles:

 

tile

photoshop duplicated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

most of the images you find here are available on imagekind printed on paper, or canvas.

 

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