Platinum-Palladium Prints

•March 30, 2016 • 6 Comments

For some time now I’ve been working to improve my Platinum – Palladium printing techniques.  It’s been a long road, but worth the effort, costs, and frustrations.  Learning this printing process from scratch is not for the faint hearted, or those looking for quick gratification.  I lost count of my dead-ends and trashed prints.  But, I finally now am able to produce a predictable print that gives me the results I’ve been looking for.

Washi Artisan

Washi Artisan

I start with a Digital Negative, this part alone has a very long learning curve.  I settled on prints with 50-50 Platinum-Palladium on Arches Platine.  I tend to print small as I think this process lends itself to the intimacy that a small image offers. These prints are either 3.5″ square or 3″ x 4.5″.

Making Washi

Making Washi

Almost everything in my studio is DIY. I started exposing the image in the sun, but even in New Mexico, that’s too variable, so I made my own light box and contact frame.  I made a sink because I could’t find a pre fabricated one that fit my needs.  I made a light protective drying rack.  Sure, all this was a lot of work, but I got just what I wanted.

 

Moroccan Cart

Moroccan Cart

 

I started printing my Digital Negatives on an Epson R2880 using Epson inks, then I switched to Jon Cone’s Piezography ink-set.  The R2880 was slowing dying and making my life miserable in the process, so I got a new Epson 1430.  It has 6 ink cartridges instead of 8, and has been flawless for me.  I’m still using Jon’s inks with the 1430.

 

Selfie

Selfie

 

In this post are some scans of my images.  The theme of these images is pretty obvious: It’s mostly People in their Environment, taken from my recent travels…

 

Shikoku Pilgrimage

Shikoku Pilgrimage

 

Generations

Generations

 

Insence

Incense

 

Mezcalero

The Mezcalero

 

Looking Smart

Looking Smart

 

Goat Tacos

Making Goat Tacos

 

TextileShopping

Textile Market

 

Taxi?

Taxi?

 

Sense of Scale

A sense of scale

 

AlisonWalking

Alison Stepping

 

Rice Field

Rice Field

 

Indian Laundry

Indian Laundry

 

Spiral

Spiral

 

InTheJewishQuarter

In the Jewish Quarter

 

Eating

Quietly Eating

 

Cycling Road

Cycling Road

 

 

Aikido – Santa Fe

•September 9, 2015 • 1 Comment

A few photos of Alison’s Aikido class

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Alison’s Opening Night at Siegal Gallery

•August 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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Images of Morocco

•May 25, 2015 • 1 Comment

 

On my cycling and travel blog

An Aztec Wedding Ceremony

•February 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Rachel and Noel’s beautiful ceremony, deep in the Mexican jungle.

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Alison Keogh Sumi-Ink Throw #2 (video)

•February 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

The throw…

Throw2still

The result…InkThrow-2 still

The process, the Ink-Throw Video:

Alison Keogh’s Sumi-ink Throw

•December 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Throwing sumi-ink, blindfolded…

InkThrow-2photos’s and video by robert j. mang

 
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