After I returned home from England I wanted to learn alternative printing processes. This desire was enforced by my visit to Lacock Abbey, the home of Henry Fox Talbot. Talbot is given credit for inventing the first paper negative and also for a finding a way to preserve the print. His process was called salt-paper processing.
While at Lacock Abbey I used my Hasselbald and positioned myself in the same spots where Talbot took his famous photos. I used black and white film. I stood in the very window where he made his discovery. So, of course, I wanted to make prints the same way he did. Lucky for me, Newspace Center for Photography in Portland was offering a class in the salt-paper process just a few weeks after I got home.
Taking this class resulted in me becoming interested in other printing processes. So next I decided to try platinum printing. The pros of platinum printing are that the process results in a wonderful tonal range of warm black, to reddish-brown and deep mid-tone grays. The prints are also the most durable of all prints and highly collectible.
So I made digital negatives from my 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 negatives. The prints are the same size as the negatives so you want to be sure to make your negatives the size you want as your finished piece. You can see the difference in the tonal range between the salt paper and platinum. I like both.
Now I have managed to pick up a Polaroid One Shot for $5.00. Got hold of some Impossible Project film and I am ready for my next adventure.