Paper Neg: Port Oneida

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I picked up a quirky little book at last week's Crappy Camera Club
meeting: Picture Making with Paper Negatives, by Nowell Ward, first
published in 1938. I read it in bed when I got home and got thoroughly
inspired. The process outlined in the book is basically very simple,
though long-winded, and I followed it pretty closely to make this
picture:

1. The negative was made with a Yashica Mat 124G, Tri-X, red
filter. Developed in HC-110. This was taken back in my artist residency
last summer.

2. I made a paper positive with the enlarger, on expired Kodabromide,
projected like a regular print, but over-exposed by about a stop.
Developed in expired (and pretty oxidised) Dektol.

3. Then I made a paper negative by contact printing the paper
positive. Exposure time was about a minute, using the enlarger as a
light source, lens wide open. Same paper and dev.

4. The final print made by contact printing the paper negative, this
time the exposure was just 15 secs. Same paper and dev.

Each step is dependent on getting exposure right on each of the
previous steps, so it takes a bit of experimentation and luck,
especially to tame the crazy contrast (which I mostly failed to do).

Oh yeah, and there's some paper kitchen towel action going on in there too...

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  1. bemjjg 75 months ago | reply

    Super!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. forgottenpittsburgh 75 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photographic Possibilities, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  3. Bibimorvarid [deleted] 75 months ago | reply

    Thats allot of work, but well worth the result.

  4. nicolai_g 75 months ago | reply

    iconic perfection

  5. astoria4u 75 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Photos of Merit, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  6. neekatnite 75 months ago | reply

    That's sick.

  7. ssinyagin 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Quite Useless, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  8. Nellie Vin 74 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Nellie Vin Fine Art Magazine, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  9. Grégoire Saunier 74 months ago | reply

    Love this! Nice work!

  10. The Christopher Show 74 months ago | reply

    So I'm just gonna go ahead and fave this, 'cause this is awesome.

  11. sare_booo72 74 months ago | reply

    I love this, the paper you've used and the lone house , its perfect x

  12. Alex Drum 73 months ago | reply

    you're my new dad

  13. art209 73 months ago | reply

    chemistry in the hands of an artist can make amazing things...
    your body of work is amazing...

  14. Agnes the Red 68 months ago | reply

    Brilliant use of the kitchen towel....very effective. Thanks for sharing how this work was created.

  15. Le luci elettriche del cappellificio centrale 67 months ago | reply

    Fantastica!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. AluminumStudios 61 months ago | reply

    Great photo!

    How did you get the kitchen towel pattern onto it? Was it over top in the contact printing or something?

  17. Lady Vervaine 60 months ago | reply

    just incredible

  18. patrickjoust 50 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called picky imperfection, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  19. stefanwest 48 months ago | reply

     Mackeson: really soaks up my interest

  20. cruz g 44 months ago | reply

    just one word ... great

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