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Chemigram Landscapes, Cameraless Photography

 
 

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“a fond memory of the future”  2015                                               20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print

                                        Tabitha Berry

 
 
 
 
 
 

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“the tide came in to listen”  2015                                                       20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print

                                        Tabitha Berry

 
 
 
 
 
 

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“we all fancy things unreal”  2015                                                     20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print

                                        Tabitha Berry

 
 
 
 
 
 

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Untitled, 2015                                                                                    20″ x 16″ Chemigram Silver Gelatin Print

                                        Tabitha Berry

 
 
 
 
 
 

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International Mixed Media Postcard Swap 2014/2015

 
If you have never participated in a postcard swap (or any swap) before, I would encourage you to to find a group and try one out. This will be my third time participating and I have received almost all cards from those committing to the events. The swaps not only get me motivated to experiment and play (which are my two favorite aspects of creativity), but I also receive delightful handmade items in the mail. This particular group that I participate with includes individuals from around the globe.

For this swap, I decided to slightly alter some test prints and cast-offs from a past series of mine, Insentient Portrait Series, 2011 (this series can be viewed on my previous blog post). I have a couple of definite favorites and I certainly hope that the recipients of the cards are pleased. Some cards have more work on them, whereas the others I felt “less is more”.

 

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I’d also like to share what my “workspace” looks like from time to time. It is temporary and ever-moving about the house. My family is very patient with me when I set it up. (Forgive the blank walls. We renovated this past summer and I just haven’t figured our arrangement quite yet.)

 

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Swap sponsered by — ShannonGanshorn — http://www.musingsonrealities.blogspot.ca/


Insentient Portrait Series, 2011

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Insentient Portrait Series, 2011

Antique malls are ever-changing “cabinets are curiosity” for me. I particularly enjoy the personalities of each booth and how they are displayed. Within these booths, I find that the mannequins, dolls, and statues that live within these spaces are dramatis personae – not just objects on a shelf. Like humans, some have a long-term or permanent role to play and some are unsettled, filling a position for only a brief period of time. The one thing they have in common is the vendor of the booth. The vendor is the master that controls the role(s) they are to play. Although I like to call these spaces “found scenes”, the act of photography essentially changes the scene from a still life to a portrait of that character in its habitat.
This series of portraits is an exploration of the identity of these inanimate figures brought to life by their role in life, and how the viewer draws on the clues and their own interpretation to create meaning.

Shot with Twin Lens Medium Format Camera
Silver Gelatin Fiber Paper


Unwritten Future — The Tale of the Unfortunate Fly

I made a peculiar discovery today. A gross but comical and intriguing discovery. A discovery that involves a normal unimpressive red grading pen and a normal unimpressive housefly.

 

 

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While on the computer earlier, something about the pen caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought one of my children punched a hole into an eraser with the end of the pen. Then, I thought that somehow some thread ended up in the tip. I stopped just short of picking the thread out with my fingernails when I realized what was in the end of the pen! (*shiver)

A fly!

A fly?!?

No way!

Well that couldn’t happen if you tried!

I recall the pen getting separated from the cap. I’ve had the cap on my dresser for awhile, waiting to find it’s missing mate. I found the pen the other day and capped it.

We have been remodeling our living room, dining room and kitchen. And with the remodel … flies make their way in through open doors and windows. I suppose this guy found his way into inside the cap. And when I capped the pen. Well, unfortunately, the fly was trapped unknowingly. (*yuck!) He apparently attempted an escape, but to no avail.

 

 

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Printing Color Passes

Gum Bichromate printing is an alternative process that allows you to print as many or few colors as you prefer, using watercolor pigment.   Here are a few trial prints and how they look after each color pass.   Each pass consists of coating the paper with sensitized pigment solution, drying, contact print exposure under UV light, development, and drying.

 

 

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Cyan Pass using Cyanotype & Yellow Pass
(with Gum Bichromate printing you can use Cyanotype for the Cyan Pass in lieu of a blue pigment)

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Magenta and Black Pass

(The Black Pass tends to stay very light. You can build any color up with multiple passes)

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Final Cyan Pass with Cyanotype
(In a smaller print the cyanotype responded nicely, these were 3″ x 4″.   The cyanotype can have a tendency to bead up on larger surfaces that have a lot of gum built up).

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“summertide”

This is a trial print in which I was working with curves and a different method for preparing my digital negatives in attempt to get more detail in the hair and face.

Cyan Pass using Cyanotype

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Yellow Pass

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Magenta Pass

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Black Pass (The method I was trying did not work well on this seperation negative.   It did not block the highlights and muddied down the print).

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Final Cyan Pass (Cyanotype.   This is an example on how the Cyanotype may not work well on larger prints.   This is around 7″ x 11″ and you can see areas in which the cyanotype beaded up).    You will also be able to see that this method compared to the image below, can produce flat flat/dull results.   I have not tried to build the colors up with multiple passes … that may be the answer to producing a richer look.

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This is the “summertide” print using gum for each layer, including the Cyan pass.   The exposure time was a lot higher as well.   While I find the rich quality to be absolutely gorgeous, I lose the detail because the pigment layers begin to block up.   In the mean time, I’ll continue to work to find a happy medium between the above print and this print.

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Gum Bichromate over Cyanotype (Trying Something Completely Different)

Tabitha Berry_Entry2_flux, AP_cyanotypeovergumbichromateonwatercolorpaper_2013 “flux” A/P

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TabithaBerry-catalogue “catalogue”

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Cyanotype Development and Toning

This first set of Cyanotype prints are developed in a water bath for five minutes, water and a couple capfuls of peroxide for 2-5 minutes, and a wash for five minutes.

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The two sets of Cyanotpye prints below are developed in vinegar for 1 minute and washed in water for about 20 minutes.   Iit takes a lot longer for the water to clear with this method, but the vinegar  brings out the mid-tones and intensifies the prussian blue beautifully.   (5% glacial acetic acid to 95% water yields identical results).

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The following two sets are toned with tea.   Note: I have not yet toned any cyanotpe prints that have been developed with vinegar.

This set was wet, bleached with Arm & Hammer sodium carbonate, washed, toned with black tea (8 bags of Lipton tea to 2 quarts of water, boiled and cooled to room temperature) and washed again until water ran clear.   The second image was coated again with Cyanotype, exposed and developed with the water/peroxide method.

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The next two images were wet, bleached with Arm & Hammer sodium charbonate, washed, toned with black tea (8 bags of Lipton boiled in 2 quarts of water and cooled to room temperature), washed until water ran clear, placed in bleach bath for a second time and washed, back into the tea for a second time as well, and a final wash until water ran clear.   The second image was coated with cyanotype again, exposed and washed with the water/peroxide method.

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Finally, here is a set that I toned in coffee.   The steps were the same as the tea tone.   I wet, the cyanotypes, bleached in sodium carbonate, washed, toned in coffee (1/2 cup of cheap black coffee brewed to 12 cups of water and cooled to room temperature) and a final wash until water ran clear.

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Excellent sources worth noting (I didn’t follow any exactly, but researched and gleaned information from each before setting out to work on my own prints):

http://www.trollop.com/cyanotype-toning.html

http://mpaulphotography.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/cyanotype-toning-the-basics/

http://www.alternativephotography.com/wp/processes/cyanotype/vinegar-developed-cyanotypes-non-toxic-midtone-contrast-control

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fbfotografie/7110895809


Must have resource! —–> The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christoper James <—–

 

 

 

 

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