Margaret Meriwether, Sewanee, TN, 1994. platinum-palladium print

Margaret Meriwether, Sewanee, TN, 1994.
Platinum-palladium print on Crane 100 cellulost paper, from 11×14 inch original negative

I printed this a long time ago, around 1995, and now find myself rethinking the image. What does that mean? Words cannot effectively provide an answer, and I will, in the coming days, reprint the negative. Watch this spot….

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detail:Margaret Meriwether, Sewanee, TN, 1994. platinum-palladium print

…and this is why paper is so important. A lot of pt-pd printers/photographers forget (or never experience-express) that resolution matters. The chemical ‘field’ of paper has a profound effect on the image, as does the resolution of the original negative. This particular print was made, I feel, with an optimal combination of large negative and very well-suited paper. Look at the the skin tones and deep continuity of rendering here:

Margaret Meriwether, Sewanee, TN, 1994. platinum-palladium print

or here:

Margaret Meriwether, Sewanee, TN, 1994. platinum-palladium print