“a fond memory of the future” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
“the tide came in to listen” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
“we all fancy things unreal” 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
Untitled, 2015 20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print
It’s been several months since I have been able process Gum Bichromate prints. I’m in love with the process and I’m ready to get back to it! Unfortunately, I’m still a student, so the equipment is only available during semester sessions. Thus, I’m in search of an UV exposure unit so I can continue processes such as this at home and explore with other materials. Here are my “successful” beginner prints (I say “successful” because there is obviously a lot to learn still, but I’m very happy with how they turned out):
I also had the privilege of showing these at a local gallery as well as a newspaper interview. http://www.newspressnow.com/life/st_joe_live/theater_fine_arts/article_062a4634-0feb-508f-a5f4-107c1fe700ea.html
Here are my beginnings of the experience that IS: Gum Bichromate.
Original Image: B&W Medium Format
Digital Image Design (The texture is a result of how the image was translated after being cropped)
The following images were taken with my cellphone, so pardon the quality.
Tricolor print from one greyscale negative.
Magenta Pass (In the wash — bad light)
Final Pass: Cyan (Blue pigment) I think the pigment mixture was too thick.
I smoothed the layer with a Hake Brush, but it still bubbled. I do, however, love
the rich sepia tone!
“K” Pass – Black
“Y” Pass — Yellow
“C” Pass — Blue
I’m not sure why there is more “Magenta” reading through than the “Cyan” separation (compared to the digital design that I did the CMYK separation negatives). I also think I need to run another “K” pass. I’m thinking either some of it washed away after developing the other passes, or it just looks too weak compared to the other color passes.
All in all though, I feel that these are pretty successful for my first Gum Prints. I also realize that I have to embrace the results — that I cannot totally control the results, but learn from them …