Sep 282011

My intended opening gambit on how “Autumn has arrived” seems tenuous to say the least now!

In using my Autumnal title, I had intended to then link neatly with the beautiful Platinum/Palladium leaf print we have made for Paul Kenny.

At the start of what would appear to be a wonderful Indian Summer, Autumn suddenly seems a long way away.  So, perhaps a different tack is required…

On 9th July 2010, I posted the news that HP had launched their Large Format Photo Negative Application.

Little did I realise the impact this would have on my working life.

A little later, around about this time last year, Richard Freestone and I embarked on what has become a phenomenal journey of research and intrigue; a journey attempting to successfully marry the old and new technologies of Alternative Printing processes with Digital Negatives.

Print Detail from 'Ga-ana Theatre' by Andrew Shaylor, Platinum Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

Print Detail | 'Ga-ana Theatre' by Andrew Shaylor | Platinum/Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

Although not a new concept by any means, we have approached this in a very specific and new way with the help of our friends at Hewlett Packard.

Our thanks to Angel Albarran who designed The HP Large Format Photo Negative Application and helped us extensively throughout the process.

In conjunction with 139 Printroom, we are now able to make Platinum/Palladium prints from your digital files.  This is a truly exciting addition to Jack Lowe Studio and one that could open up a whole window of opportunity in your approach to photography.

You may have already noticed the new Platinum/Palladium tab towards the top of this page and it is here that you will find more information…

Andrew Shaylor's Ga-ana Theatre, Platinum Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

'Ga-ana Theatre' by Andrew Shaylor | Platinum/Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

My eyes have been opened to a new world of possibilities.  I have gently been sifting through my own photographs and having them reworked as Platinum/Palladium prints.

Here’s an example from 1999—originally shot on 10×8 Polaroid, now scanned and made into a Digital Negative from which the print was made:

Chris by Jack Lowe, Platinum Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

'Chris' by Jack Lowe | Platinum/Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

And the beautiful leaf print for Paul Kenny I mentioned?

Entitled OS 206, Paul explains the image for us:

“At the time I was obsessed with seeing leaves as maps or aerial photographs; landscape maps of the imagination.

“The OS series starts with sheet 1 at Lands End and finishes with sheet 205 at the Shetland Isles…I made my imaginary sheet 206.”

Scanned from a 6×6 negative, here is OS 206 for your viewing pleasure:

OS 206 by Paul Kenny, Platinum Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

'OS 206' by Paul Kenny | Platinum/Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative




  2 Responses to “Autumn Platinum”

  1. Good luck with the Pt/Pd printing – always nice to see the art being kept alive. I’ve been making PT/Pd prints using digital negatives for 10 years or so…been through a few printers in that time, some great, some not so great (not really the printers fault, more the inksets and their interaction with UV light). The HP is an interesting choice, since it is effectively only using two inks (green for the most part and black when extra density is needed). If anyone is reading this who’s interested in trying out digital negatives with Pt/Pd, have a look at the Epson 3800 (only available used now, unfortunately) and QTRip (shareware) – size is obviously limited to A2/17×22, but it’s capable of using multiple inks and results in highlights which are the smoothest I’ve yet to see. That said, QTRip isn’t much fun to use, but it does allow a degree of control not possible with a ‘black box’ solution like the HP. A word of warning: It doesn’t matter who the manufacturer is…at some point down the line a guy (or gal) in a lab somewhere might just change the formulation of the inks such that the response to UV is altered, while the response to visible light stays the same. Remember 99.99999999999% of the people that buy an inkjet printer use it for the purpose it was designed for.

  2. Hi Arthur, Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences…there are certainly may ways approach this! Best, JL

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