Photographs by Frank

23 May 2022

Keeping Cool

Filed under: Alternative Processes,Salted-paper Prints — Frank @ 2:00 PM

I spent the last two days keeping cool* in my basement dim room making salted-paper prints and experimenting with gold toning.

In addition to the five new images (shown below), I made larger finished versions (6×7.5 inch image on 8×10 paper) of another five images that I worked on in the recent past.

All of the images shown here are scans from 4×5 inch images on small sheets of Hahnemühle Platinum Rag paper. For the last two images, I show the entire sheet of paper thus revealing the ‘raw’ edges of each image. All of the others are similar but I have cropped them down to show only the image area.

Each image is shown in an un-toned version and a version toned with gold in sodium bicarbonate. It the past I had experimented with a gold-borax toner but I have trouble keeping the borax in solution in my cool work space. Thus, I decided to test out gold-bicarbonate this time.

The difference between the toned and un-toned prints is subtle but significant. Toning cools down the warm tone of the native salted-paper print and increases the contrast slightly.

All of the original exposures were made in either December 2021 or January 2022.

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Window with Vines (gold-toned)
Window with Vines (gold-toned)
Window with Vines
Window with Vines
Window with Steel (gold-toned)
Window with Steel (gold-toned)
Window with Steel
Window with Steel
Naval Prison, Portsmouth, NH (gold-toned)
Naval Prison, Portsmouth, NH (gold-toned)
Naval Prison, Portsmouth, NH
Naval Prison, Portsmouth, NH
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (gold-toned)
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (gold-toned)
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (detail) (gold-toned)
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (detail) (gold-toned)
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (detail)
Battery Farnsworth, New Castle, NH (detail)

* The high both days was near ninety deg. F

1 Comment

  1. And, you are enjoying this processing, right? Retirement has been very good to you

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 24 May 2022 @ 6:45 AM

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