[Alt-photo] Alt-photo-process-list Digest, Vol 177, Issue 5

MARK NELSON ender100 at aol.com
Wed Oct 11 20:32:15 UTC 2017


Do you know for sure when the spots appear?  At what point in the process of making the print?

Water:  Do you used distilled water for everything?

Have you tried a different brush?  I keep some unused foam brushes in a zip lock bag to test if I think I might have a brush problem.  I don’t use them to coat when I am making prints.

Have you examined your paper with a backlight?

Usually I can see the difference between a “black spot” that is from a pinhole in the negative and something else like grit or crystalline palladium.  (if it’s in the sky, use a pencil and make it into a bird hehehe)

Have you ever had someone watch you make a print and look for possibilities?  There are things we do or rituals almost that we really don’t even think about when we do them.  When I have students at my home studio, they love it because they see these small things that have become a part of my workflow that I can’t do at away workshops.

I don’t think one can always get perfect prints.  They are indeed hand made and small imperfections are normal.  Though I wouldn’t want a black spot in the middle of a near white area.

Sam Wang always says that hand made prints in the future will be prized for their small imperfections.

Best Wishes,
Mark Nelson

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> On Oct 11, 2017, at 11:11 AM, alt-photo-process-list-request at lists.altphotolist.org wrote:
> This past week I was fortunate to be included in the Soho Photo Gallery Alternative Process Competition Exhibition and Living Image: an Exhibition of Traditional and Alternative Process Photography in Philadelphia. As many of you know, I have been struggling to discover the source of sudden black plague in my palladium printing, and I felt compelled to look closely at any platinum and palladium pieces also included in the shows ?and guess what? I saw the black plague specks in so many of them, to greater and lesser degrees, but very few prints were completely free of the plague spots. So I agree---I think we need to harness the hive mind of the altpro list and solve this!!

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