Thursday, May 26, 2011

enchantment and disbelief.....

so ...
1 year later
I return to the secret chosen places ...







in the deep dark forest...by the glacial lake where I grew up
the "gruffalo forest" for those in the know ...
(my young apprentices ... eh? eh?)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

ulivetto .....progress report... 21 may 2011

 
there seem to be 5 different themes / series  inside the Ancient Olive project ....
13 old professors
3 bodies in trees
12 weird animals 
12 fairytale creatures trapped
and 13 Enty old tree beards ....
I can't seem to narrow it down any further....
so there is alot of work still to be done
each image is traditionally photographed and printed in the silver gelatin process 
5x4 inch negatives 
  contact printed on 8x10 inch  fibre based paper
(the following are the scans of the printworks so far )









Over the last months I have started in on the "old professors" ... but realise there is still so many more to be printed and each one takes days to get right ... the fibre base paper changes not only contrast but density (light and dark) is entirely different by the time it has dried over a 48 hour period ...so there have been many recalibrations and alot of re-printing ...

nothing is quite what it seems...

days later what was perfect is now dark and flat and not as intended ... so I have started all over over from scratch ... with the long forgotten knowledge of how this paper and silver gelatin process changes over time ....

It is amazing how instant digital technology and impatience has changed our perspective ....

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

just ......resting my eyes




for a minute ....


New Zealand
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