Dandelion Seeds About twenty years ago I had a commission…
Carriage Bolt – Ziatype
I made this image using my DIY silver gelatin orthochromatic glass dry plate emulsion developed in HC-110. After saying that there was, “no way on earth I’d ever make dry plates,” I ended up cooking emulsions in my garage in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Two years on, I’m now completely hooked.
I then scanned the plate & printed a digital negative & applied a calibrated curve.
The sensitised paper & negative are placed in a contact printing frame & exposed in a DIY UV LED unit.
The print is called a Ziatype which is a palladium & ferric ammonium oxalate POP process.
I particularly like Ziatype for the drop-dead gorgeous blacks & the breathtaking tonal range that can be achieved. The paper I like for this process is the Hahnemuhle Platinum Rag & this print size is 7 x 14 inch.
My latest 4 x 5 camera that I’ve been using for the last six months is a Wisner Expedition.
After using the superb Wista DXII for many years, I decided with the type of close-up mundane subjects I like to capture, that double focus rails would be a real advantage.
I own a variety of large format lenses but for some reason I mainly use a Xenar 150mm f/5.6
Just something about the design simplicity & flavour that really appeals to me.
After having tried many different formats over the years, I’ve narrowed down to 4 x 5 with the view to making digital negatives & historical prints. 4 x 5 just fits that work flow brilliantly.
What motivates me to make the images that I do? Well, I really like the small things that are constantly around us that we take for granted & feel the need to celebrate by way of capture.
I don’t really consider myself as a visionary & unique artist type of photographer per say, I enjoy getting bogged down in the technicalities of the processes I practice. The journey of tinkering & discovery excites me & if I happen to land an image that I & others enjoy, then that’s all together a huge bonus.
I don’t have a darkroom; I work in my garage that I’ve made as light tight as possible.
That’s fine for developing & historical printing and I wait for night time to make silver gelatin emulsions.
I’m a tradie by day, going around Melbourne supplying waterproofing membranes. In my past life I spent 20 odd years as a fine art picture framer & gold leaf guilder.