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