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Frederick Evans’ Steps

I have always been taken with the photographs of Frederick Evans, particularly his architectural ones. Recently, I found that several of my pictures are similar to his, at least in terms of subject matter. I am an avid photographic collector of paths, columns, statues, gates and, of course, steps. I knew that I needed to make a pilgrimage to the scene of one of his best-known pictures: ‘sea of steps’ …

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Gold prints

My salt printing has come to an abrupt stop. The prices of noble metals such as gold, palladium and platinum has gone sky-high and without a noble metal toner, I’m not sure how to get the tone that I like from salt prints. And of course it’s not just about the tone. It’s about the stability of the print.

Noble metal toners are not available in the UK anymore and it seems that Tetenal has stopped making gold toner altogether. I have looked into making toner from gold chloride and from palladium, but the prices are silly. So I will have to wait until prices become more reasonable. Might be a long wait, I’m thinking given current events in the world … So I thought I would look at some pictures that use gold in one way or another.

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Hallowed Camp #14

Today, I spent an absorbing hour reading about George Davison. I was reminded of his famous picture, ‘The Onion Field’. Taken with a pinhole camera and printed on rough paper, Davison was a wonderful photographer of the ‘fuzzy school’.

George Davison ‘The Onion Field’, Mersea, Essex 1890.
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