Craftsmanship

Apart from being a photographer I am also a printer in the alternative processes. I have experimented a lot but for me the most beautiful black and white print is a Palladium print. It's velvety richness is unmatched in a traditional silver gelatin print. On cotton rag watercolor paper an image is formed by inert, extremely archival palladium particles. Since palladium is a noblemetal, the prints are very non-reactive and therefore it is one of the more archival photographic processes. It is a contact printing process; the negative is the same size as the print.

Gum printing

Gum printing is also a contact printing process. A pigment is dissolved in gum arabic, this solution is made light sensitive by means of potassium dichromate. After exposion to UV light the print is then developed in a tray of tap water. Often more than one negative is used to provide detail in all tonal ranges. With different negatives for differet colours three colour prints can be made. Using multiple exposures requires very careful registration, which is quite difficult because of shrinkage of the paper. It is a time consuming as well as an addictive process. No two prints of the same negative (s) will be exactly the same.