Scans from Prints 16
Mike Ware with Evaporation Basin. South Ronaldsay, Orkney. 1984.
Platinum-palladium print on 100% cellulose (van Gelder simili japon) from an 8×10 inch negative.
*update: below is another print, correctly oriented, and one of the earliest ones resulting from the final version of the ‘ammonium system’ of platinum-palladium printing*
This print is a mistake. I accidentally printed it backwards. It is also less highly resolved than I would normally like, or have made since this one. (I hope to find one of the subsequent prints from this session, but suspect I may have given the best one away. Will keep digging through my print boxes and post here if I find it.) However, there is a heavy luminosity in this particular print which echoes those moments around the actual exposure. Mike remained very still as he patiently waited for me to set up the camera. The light crept across his face, began to throw a shadow on the wall. I wanted it to just catch the small glass basin (not placed but, amazingly, considering Mike is a chemist, found just there), and then made the exposure. And I did not notice the fly (horror movies!) settled on the wall just as the shutter fired.
And as to the matter of why not make a new print? I can, but this particular paper (and more important, the fact it is from) is no longer available. I’ll never be able to make exactly this kind of print again.
Here is another post with a scanned image from the negative, as opposed to the scan of a print from the negative.
Below, correctly printed: