Slow-Cured

January 20, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

RBK_3546-PSeditBridalveil Fall - Yosemite National Park

 

 

I have learned over time not to jump to conclusions regarding a new image just because it is new and it excites me. If it still excites me a week or a month later, I may have something. If it doesn't, it probably wasn't as good as I thought and I was just swept away by its newness.

 

 

IMG_5152Proof Prints made with Baryta (top row) and cotton rag (bottom row) paper.

 

 

Small magnets hold my proof prints onto metal surfaces much the same way a child's drawing is attached to a refrigerator door. It takes days, and sometimes weeks, to decide what to do next. Living with a print provides time to learn about the picture, which is a different process than looking at it on a backlit display. Personally, I want to learn from the printed work, not the backlit displayed version. This also provides the opportunity to compare matte and baryta versions of the same image, or two different matte papers. Subtleties are immediately apparent, helping me look at my work with fresh eyes. 

 

If the proof passes the test of time, I consider making a larger version, which is then also pinned to the viewing wall. The larger print makes it easier to come to the final decision - to mat and frame it or to add it to storage for future consideration. This slow-cure process helps me select and develop my best work. It may also be teaching me a little about myself.

 

See ya around,

Bob

 


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