Prayer Flag, Bhaupara, Gujarat. India, November 30, 1995. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (Wyndstone vellum) from original 8×10 inch negative.
Door. Dolly. Lal Kila, Delhi, India, November 2, 1995. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (Wyndstone vellum), from original 8×10 negative.
In a pocket of earth
I buried all the accents
of my mother tongue
there they lie
like needles of pine
assembled by ants
one day the stumbling cry
of another wanderer
may set them alight
then warm and comforted
he will hear all night
the truth as lullaby
John Berger, ‘And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos’, New York, 1991 (p. 91)
Rachel. Lamp. Luca Blurred. Cortona, Italy, April 2010. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (Wyndstone vellum) paper from 8×10 inch original negative.
This photograph was made seven years ago. I posted another version of it, printed on Crane paper, with exactly the same sensitizer (1:1 platinum:palladium by molar weight), print-out and same clearing baths – note the huge difference in appearance solely because of the difference in paper.
The Ideal Mathematician, Berriedale, Orkney, January, 1984. Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose paper (Van Gelder Simili Japon) from 18x24cm original negative.
While I’m thinking, and looking back (see previous post) on old work, about politics, myopia and the environment, this image comes to mind. It was made while reading Daniel Dennett’s and Douglas Hofstadter’s Minds I, of a snow-covered farm field outside my house in Orkney.