The Great Plains Project

I’m currently in the middle of a great project for a local artist, Peter Latner, (a photographer who still works with medium and large format film) as part of his Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant that he received.

 

The project will involve an small edition of clamshell cases that each hold 58 gelatin-silver prints hand-printed by Peter, which are stunningly beautiful. I’m debossing 4-ply Museum board and dry-mounting the prints into the resulting plate mark. There will also be a title page, statement and colophon. Once I’ve mounted the prints and printed the text sheets I’ll have a better idea of the exact depth required, then I can start making the cases. That number of mounted prints will result in a nice, substantial case that’s about 4.5” deep. I’m going to try and post more images of the production as we progress over the next few weeks!

 

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Just a small section of 300 sheets of Museum board.

 

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A stack of prints ready for dry-mounting.

 

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Detail of the debossing with space for numbering.

 

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It’s a start…

 

The Badlands, SD

I’m slowly working my way through processing the film from a recent short trip to the Badlands of South Dakota. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of visiting there.

 

These are scans from the film originals which were made on Ilford Delta 400 with the Rolleiflex 3.5F and the Mamiya 6 and processed in PMK Pyro. Eventually I’ll get in the darkroom to make gelatin-silver prints from them but I often find it easier and cheaper to scan the film and to edit them in Photoshop, just to give me an idea of how to print them.

 

 

 

 

Otherworld

“The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.” — NASA

 

Obsolete and Discontinued

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I’m really happy to have been asked to contribute to this exhibition by Mike Crawford, another London printer, which is going to be part of the Revela-T photography festival in Spain during May and early June. I wrote about this project a while back but now it’s happening and hopefully will travel to another venue too.

The paper I chose was Kodak Royal Bromesko, a paper that was available between 1962 and the late 1970s, so at best, my paper is close to 40 years old. The image is from a series I have been working on titled Otherworld. Further information and other images can be found on my website here.

 

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Otherworld #01 — Scan from a print on Kodak Royal Bromesko

 

Here’s Mike’s account of how the project came about:

“In March 2015, a client gave me a quantity of old photographic paper and film. He had been clearing out his late uncle’s darkroom and decided I could either have it all or it would be thrown out. Over two visits I received a number of boxes and packets of material, the majority of which were papers that had ceased production many years ago. Most were at least 20 or 30 years old, indeed some far older. I sifted through boxes of familiar names such as Kodak Bromesko and Agfa Brovira considering what I should do with them.

 

Out of interest, I tested some of the paper in the darkroom. I was surprised at how well some of the older material printed. With further testing, it appeared that some paper, which was fogged and had proved useless with conventional developers, could produce quite interesting and compelling results using different processes such as lith printing. After conversations with fellow members of the London Alternative Photographic Collective, I decided it might be of interest to give out the paper to different photographers and artists to see what individual results each could produce.

 

Within a few months there were over 50 participants who had heard of the project and were interested in taking part. After testing and cataloguing the different papers, I distributed them to a wide variety of practitioners, not only in the UK, but also to many overseas. From this point it was down to their skill and creativity to produce work from the supplied paper and film.”

 

— Mike Crawford

The artists participating in this project are:

Joakim Ahnfelt, Andrew Atkinson, Laurie Baggett, Myka Baum, Molly Behagg, Daniel Berrange, Andy Billington, David Bruce, Jacquelene Butler, Andrew Chisolm, Mike Crawford, Beth Dow, Angela Easterling, Laura Ellenberger, Andrew Firth, Brittonie Fletcher, Hannah Fletcher, Asya Gefter, Claus Dieter Geissler, Robin Gillanders, Brian Griffin, JJ Hastings, Rosie Holtom, Nicola Jayne Maskrey, Melanie King, Morten Kolve, Ky Lewis, Jim Lister, Constanza Isaza Martínez, Hiro Matsuoka, Gabriela Mazowiecka, Sheila McKinney, Wolfgang Moersch, Helen Nias, Douglas Nicholson, Yaz Norris, Andrés Pantoja, Guy Patterson, Borut Peterlin, Almundena Romero, Bret Sampson, Debbie Sears, Holly Shackleton, Keith Taylor, Joan Teixidor, Evan Thomas, Madaleine Trigg, Sebnem Ugural, Tanja Verlak, Andrew Whittle, Guillame Zuili.