I’m making this image, The Empire State Building (from the Brooklyn Bridge), the next edition in my irregular series of Small Print Offers. There’s no deadline to order by but there are only 10 prints in the edition. The last print offer before this, Dark Matter XI, was in an edition of 15 and sold out fast.
For more information and the option to buy, head over to this page.
The Rfotofolio Annual Call for Entry 2017 is open for submissions, with May 5th being the deadline, which is still some way off yet. But as we all probably know, these things can get away from us, so act now! There is an entry fee but it’s open to however much you’d like to donate to the worthwhile cause that is the Rfotofolio Grant. The money raised for the fund is used to help one photographer a year, who has suffered a hardship of some description, whether that be the loss of a workspace or equipment due to a natural disaster or theft, an illness or accident or some other form of hardship.
You can read more about the grant here on Rfotofolio’s website, and while you’re there, check out the interviews with Willie Osterman and Lee Bass and take a look at Diana Bloomfield’s beautiful studio in the series Where We Work.
I have two prints in the upcoming Plains Art Museum Gala Auction — Rock, Lake Superior, an inkjet print, and Otherworld 02 which is gelatin-silver.
Every year, Plains Art Museum hosts one of the region’s finest art auctions in conjunction with our Spring Gala. The auction is not only a great exhibition of contemporary art, but is your chance to build a collection, support the livelihoods of artists, and your art Museum as well.
You can preview the selected artworks in this year’s gala art auction exhibition starting Thursday, March 23. This exhibition will include dozens of diverse, original artworks made by some of the most talented and prolific contemporary artists from around the region. Artworks represented encompass a wide range of artistic expressions and price points. The proceeds from this auction will support both the artists and your Museum’s educational and exhibition programs.
Plains Art Museum
704, First Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Preview: March 23rd – May 6th, 2017
Auction: May 6th, 2017
Way back when I first came to the US, I started using Van Gelder Simili Japon paper for my own platinum printing. It was from the last remaining mill in Holland yet it was easily available in large sheets and had good wet strength. The downside was the watermark. Running the length of the longest side were the words ‘Holland’ at each end and in the middle its huge logo. These all encroached many inches into the sheet, so you lost quite a bit of paper, unless you wanted a print with the word ‘lland’ or ‘Holla’ in it.
Over the years other papers came along that were supposedly better for platinum printing, improved versions of Arches Platine, Weston Diploma, COT 320, and my use of the Van Gelder faded away. But recently I’ve found myself wanting to make prints on it once again. You can still buy the large sheets from New York Central, my original supplier, but that watermark… Then I found that they make an easily available, but lighterweight version, in convenient pads of 25 sheets for calligraphy. It’s only available in 12 x 9.5″ size but my prints are only 7 x 7″ anyway. Perfect! And it has good wet strength too.
With my work being so small, it’s easy for the texture of a paper to become distracting and lose detail. But after making just one print on this paper I remembered why I loved it so much, all those years ago. So the new prints I’ve been making are all on the Simili Japon, 50/50 platinum and palladium.
Temple of Apollo, Ancient Corinth, Greece.