Alternative Printing

I’m finally ready. I have my paper, my chemicals, my printing frame and my UV light box. I’ve started printing some digital negatives, but also plan to print directly from 4×5 negatives. I like the small prints mounted with large mats.  I will be posting more prints as I embark on this beautiful printing endeavor.

I plan to do both salt printing and platinum/palladium printing. I learned both crafts from the best, Ray Bidegain, in Portland, Oregon, USA. I buy my supplies from Botswick and Sullivan, an online store. My husband built my UV light box with a bit of help from friends.

There is a good article at about both cyanotype and salt printing. But just a quick note: It was Henry Fox Talbot of Lacock Abbey, England, who first came up with salt printing to fix a print. Before that prints faded and they were one of a kind and could not be copied. He is credited with making the first paper negative in 1835. The rest is history, although others are credited with the first photograph. I was thrilled to travel to Lacock Abbey a few years ago. It is a pilgrimage for photographers around the world. I made photos on my Hasselblad and came home to print in the salt paper tradition. I have shared those prints in other posts if you want to have a look.

Today I’m sharing two prints, made with a Horizont panoramic camera, of street scenes in Bath, England, not far from Lacock Abbey. I love how the curved plane of  the Horzizont, Widelux and Noblex cameras (I have all 3) seem to wrap around street corners. They make for interesting views. Last year the only film cameras I took to England were the Widelux and a Reality So Subtle pinhole.

So if you want to turn back the clock and print the way they did in the 1800’s try your hand at alternative printing. It’s slow, but the results are worth it.plat_prints-2_Bath



About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me. I use both digital and film cameras.
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2 Responses to Alternative Printing

  1. These are beautiful prints Gretchen. It’s great to see them – looking forward to seeing many more. Like you, I love small prints mounted with large mats, there’s something very special about them. Must have been a lot of fun learning the process with Ray Bidegain, I’m a big fan of his work.

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