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Plum Trees, Cumberland Springs, 1986. Platinum-palladium print o

Plum Trees, Cumberland Springs, 1986. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (Van Gelder Simili Japon) from original 8×10 negative.

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The image is the paper, with pure platinum and palladium particles deeply bonded to the very fibers that make up the paper. The fibers, transparent macaroni-like strands of cellulose, filter, scatter and reflect light arriving at the paper’s surface. Small cathedrals of noble metals and space. One of the great joys of holding a platinum-palladium print in your hands is just this–to bring it up close, and tilt it this way and that, to almost hear the flow of light around tiny clusters of metal. This detail shows the unexposed paper surface beside the left edge of the printed image.

Plum Trees, Cumberland Springs, 1986. Platinum-palladium print o

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2 Comments

  1. That’s very seductive, Pradip — I love those little cathedrals! But nothing, not even the prospect of *hearing* the light rattling around a print, can persuade me to set foot in the darkroom again, I’m afraid… Hmm, or at least, I don’t think so… I need to go and listen to some inkjet prints.

    Happy new year, if it’s not too late for that!

    Mike

  2. Ah thank you Mike! Happy New Year to you too! I’m dancing from digital to analogue, inkjet to silver gelatin to platinum-palladium, and the only thing that frustrates me is not having enough time for it. Let us all hope the 2016 brings us some inkjet papers that render cathedrals of light… 🙂

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