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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 #8

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the eighth in the series, this one by Wright Marion Morris.

Wright Morris
Straight Back Chair, The Home Place, Near Norfolk, Nebraska, 1947

A while ago I wrote a short post on Morris here.

Hallowed camp #7

The ‘hallowed camp’ is a collection of photographs that I return to on occasion. In the words of the Eagles, these photographs ‘can check out any time … but (can) never leave’. Here is the seventh in the series, this one by Sally Mann.

Sally Mann, Untitled 1978

I often gaze at this image. It is a picture of the ‘Bridge on Tallahatchie’, the river where Emmett Till’s corpse was recovered. Unfortunately the reproduction above does not do the picture justice. Sally Mann’s wonderful book ‘Thousand Crossings’ has this picture beautifully rendered.

For the rationale behind this series see here.

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