Bathroom Window, Duckspool, Somerset, England. 1989.
Platinum-palladium print on Fabriano 5, from original 8×10 negative.
I have begun to describe the evocation of a platinum-palladium print as a ‘hush’. Shh. It is the same kind of intensity that I feel when standing in a dark pine forest, layers of pine needles underfoot. Damp, padded, muffled, luminous. Intensity that is forceful, full of presence. Animated. The print holds my attention because it remains animated–there are no homogenous zones, no encampments of blandness.
I made this photograph in that wonderful haven, now gone, Duckspool Photography Workshops, which cradled an important part of photographic art and culture in Europe thanks to Sue and Peter Goldfield.