Brooke Irvine: Crossed Vines, Sewanee, TN. September, 2014. Pall

 

Brooke Irvine: Crossed Vines, Sewanee, TN. September, 2014.
Palladium print on 100% cellulose Weston paper, from 6x6cm negative.  5.5×5.5 cm [courtesy Brooke Irvine]

Over the next few weeks, I am going to occasionally post new prints by students taking an upper-level photography class with me. They work with medium to 8×10 format cameras, and make palladium and platinum-palladium prints. Some of them are new to all of this, some have only taken one other photo class, and one has never taken any photo classes.

Trees. Shadow. Fog.Trees. Shadow. Fog. Sewanee, TN. December, 20

Trees. Shadow. Fog. Sewanee, TN. December, 2007.
Palladium-platinum print on vellum from 11×14 negative.

 

So, that’s how I got to the above image, from this image below…

 

George Mackay Brown, Foss, Perthshire. 1985

 

George Mackay Brown, Foss, Perthshire. 1985
palladium-platinum print from 8×10 negative

Globes. Winter. Fog.

Globes. Winter. Fog.Sewanee, TN. December, 2007.
Scanned image from 11×14 negative (I hope to post a scan here from palladium-platinum print soon)

Almost done with this didactic traipse. What is obscured the moment we see; obscured by being seen? And the corollary, how then do we consider the obscured? I think obscurity can be accessed by gazing, and gazing requires humility and kindness, or gracefulness. And humility and gracefulness in the image is all about transitions, and the manner by which infinity is rendered between fixed points (thank you Roger Vail), where process has no consequence other than to get you somewhere.

The next image, tomorrow, is all about obscurity and gazing. But I could have only made it by ‘thinking’ in the language of its making.

Orb i

 

Orb i, Sewanee, TN. December, 2007.
Palladium-platinum print from 11×14 negative

where are you now sudek?

 

Where are you now Josef Sudek?
Palladium-platunum print from 8×10 negative

Five Buddha iii

 

Five Buddha iii
Palladium-platinum print from 8×10 negative

Luca. 2008.

Luca. Sewanee, TN. 2008
Palladium-platinum print from 11×14 negative

Where Are You Now, Chris Bucklow?

 

Where Are You Now, Chris Bucklow? June, 2008
Palladium-platinum print from 8×10 negative

(Going). Rachel. Luca. Praying Mantis. Sewanee, TN. May, 2008.

 

(Going). Rachel. Luca. Praying Mantis. Sewanee, TN. May, 2008.
Palladium-platinum print from 11×14 negative

Vejiben Odedra, Gujerat, India. 1995. palladium-platinum print f

 

Vejiben Odedra, Gujerat, India. 1995.
Palladium-platinum print from 8×10 inch negative.