Oct 172011
 

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroomI’ll make no apologies for a second successive post on matters analogue.  You appear to enjoy them and I have a further post drafted (to follow in due course) offering my thoughts on why that might be.

Not only matters analogue, of course, as this is a marriage with digital technology too!

I digress.

Last week, I spent a couple of days working with my friend and colleague, Richard Freestone, in his domain, 139 Printroom.

I first enjoyed the darkroom experience at the age of twelve when I converted my bedroom to meet my new artistic and entrepreneurial requirements.  Sadly, I haven’t revisited these analogue methods since my university days.

Under the dim tungsten glow, I had forgotten what a gentle, calm experience the darkroom can be.

Everything slows right down to a strolling pace and goes a long way to creating the huge ‘pause button’ that I reckon the Western World craves…

Until now, my part in the Alternative Printing process has been to craft perfect Digital Negatives.  So, it was sublime to make my first Platinum/Palladium print from an image I have captured, scanned, made the Digital Negative and now printed using a process invented in 1873.

As you might imagine, I made some photographs of this rather special printing process and I thought you might like to see them too…

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

The Platinum/Palladium mixture, ready to be applied to the paper.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

The mixture is drawn into a pipette...

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

...and applied to the paper.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

The finest brush for the job is taken in hand...

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

...and the mixture is carefully distributed across the paper...

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

...leaving a smooth coating in readiness for the HP Digital Negative.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

The HP Digital Negative is placed on top of the coated paper, held tightly under glass...

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

...and the exposure to strong ultra violet light is made.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

Even before the paper is placed in the developing solution, parts of the image have already blackened to create a strangely beautiful latent image.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

Into the developer we go and the image appears almost instantly.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

After journeying through washes and clearing solutions, the print only needs to dry for the process to be complete.

platinum palladium printing with jack lowe studio and 139 printroom

A magical process, made possible by mixing together these chemicals (and then introducing some others!).

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

The Final Print | 'Scafell' by Jack Lowe | Platinum/Palladium Print from HP Digital Negative

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  8 Responses to “Contemplative, Meditative & Alternative”

  1. Just reading this has gentled my day;-}

  2. Glad to hear my missives can have that effect, Julia…!

    Jack

  3. That is so awesome. And what a grand and appropriate subject you chose for the demonstration. What an exciting fusion of old and new technologies.

  4. …indeed! Glad you enjoyed the post. Jack

  5. Hi Jack, just catching up on your blog, I hope all is good with you, it looks like exciting time.

    When i saw this it reminded me of http://www.malcolmpasley.com who I believe started scanning negs retouching then outputting large format negs for printing in the darkroom way back. Not sure if they were large format negs for contact printing or negs to go in an enlarger.

    Cheers

    ian

  6. Hi Ian,

    Good to hear from you and thanks for taking the time to comment. Yes, I’m a big fan of Malcolm’s work and have had the pleasure of meeting him a couple of times.

    He too used digital negatives to make Platinum/Palladium prints for all sorts of people, not least David Bailey…

    All the best, Jack

  7. I really like your blog Jack do you like ours.

  8. I do, Georgie!

    Jack

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