Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Back at It, More Prints this Morning

This pretty much finishes up my "first look" Pt/Pd prints I wanted to make from pictures made last October on a short trip to Virginia and West Virginia. Prints are made with a palladium and traditional platinum mix, no contrast agent, on Hahnemühle Platinm Rag paper.

Coated sheet and digital negative on Fixxons film, set up in the vac frame (the stick supports the glass/frame top because the pneumatic lifts have long since worn out).

Vac frame pad is drawn up tight, ready to flip up against the light unit for exposure.

Four minute exposure under way.

"Palomino, Birch River, West Virginia," (there's a horse at the top of the hill on right) . 7x17 Korona Panoramic View with 305mm G-Claron.

"Goshen, Virginia." Evening view along the railroad tracks looking north up the valley, 8x10 Deardorff with 240mm Apo-Sironar S.

"Goodwill Baptist Church, Bland County, Virginia." Along Route 42, a little white church in brilliant midday sunlight, hilly pasture land in back. 8x10 Deardorff with 240mm Apo-Sironar S.

Flag with Commentary

Torrington, Connecticut

The large flag is displayed in the window of an empty storefront. The commentary comes in the form of stickers applied to the window.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Printing this Morning

More prints this morning. Platinum/palladium on Hahnemühle Platinum Rag. One early morning landscape from the Blue Ridge Parkway near Buena Vista, VA. Two street scenes from Princeton, WV. All shot with a Korona 7x17-inch camera and 305 G-Claron lens, on HP5-Plus, developed in PMK pyro.


Shelton, Connecticut

Thursday, June 15, 2017

More Printing

Made some in-progress snaps again while printing.

Template to mark out the coating area.

Negative and coated sheet set up in the bed of my vacuum frame, waiting for the pump to pull things tight.

Vac frame swung up against the UV lightbox for exposure. Prints from earlier in the week are flattening between two sheets of plate glass on the counter. Four minute exposure has just begun.


Naugatuck, Connecticut

Found along a path that follows the river and the railroad tracks.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Back in the Darkroom

Back in the lab making platinum/palladium prints yesterday and today after a few months of enforced layoff. Here are some in-progress snaps from this morning.

Exposed sheet of Hahnemühle Platinum Rag, coated with a Pt/Pd mix containing 10% traditional platinum solution. 11" wide image area on 11x15. The ghost print-out image looks just about right for this paper, with very pale border areas.

After developer pour-on. Something unusual about HPR paper is that if you do a bunch of printing on it, without any other papers used in the meantime, the developer turns a light greenish color, almost clear compared to the dark brown it turns with all other papers I've used.

Same print in the second clearing bath.

Next two prints clearing. The first two were from digital captures, the last from an 8x10" negative scan.

Hanging to drain before transfer to drying screens.

Two Doorways

Derby, Connecticut

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Over the Top

Waterbury, Connecticut

Act for America, which staged rallies across the country this past Saturday, is cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. But they seem to be working on their image. Signs and speeches during their Waterbury event emphasized the way Sharia law (as they misinterpret it) is vicious to women and gays. It was almost as though they were trying to be politically correct, at least part way. They also were prepared to put this into action.

After making the paranoid announcement that at the end of the rally nobody should leave alone, but only in groups for safety (!?!) a speaker also said that if anyone showed up with signs or speech advocating violence they should be immediately surrounded by people with "not with us" placards. There were so few people in the large courtyard that surrounding anyone seemed problematic.

Then a guy showed up wearing farmer-johns, an American flag cape, hat, huge false beard, yelling "where's Sharia? Let's get 'im!" Attendees immediately confronted him (I overheard "get that shit outta here you asshole") while others ran to alert the cops, who were for the most part staying on the street side of the crowd barriers. The guy was carrying a plastic trident and a noose, weirdly made from narrow-gauge red and white plastic rope. From what I could gather, by the time the police confronted him one of the demonstrators had complained that he had bumped or shoved her. Whether it was that or just the noose, something was enough for the cops to take him away in cuffs.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Demonstrations, Part Two

Waterbury, Connecticut

From the "Act for America" rally.

From the counter demonstration next door.