Feb 272015
 

I’m sorry but I have to admit to neglecting this blog. I get so involved with projects that I forget to post about them. So it’s time to catch up.

Here are a couple of Fine Art Platinum/Palladium printing projects we were involved with. “Moonshine K” was commissioned by The Baltic Gallery in Gateshead for Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price.

platinum print of moonlight k by richard freestone of 139 printroom for elizabeth price

This Platinum/Palladium print was commissioned by American artist George Holroyd who is based in Budapest.

Platinum print by richard freestone of 139 printroom for george holroyd

 

I have also been very busy perfecting my Salt Printing technique. It’s the oldest method of making a photographic print, Invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1839 and quite tricky to get right. Here are a few examples. The colour and tonality can be varied by adjusting the chemicals of the coating. Also the toning, which is essential to protect the Silver from oxidisation has an effect on the colour. I use Gold or Platinum to tone my Salt Prints.

Essex Smacks in the old Aldous Smack Dock in Brightlingsea. A platinum toned salt print

Essex Smacks in the old Aldous Smack Dock in Brightlingsea. A platinum toned salt print

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 dredging for oysters off West Mersea Essex. A platinum toned salt print.

Boadicea CK213 and Mary CK252 dredging for oysters off West Mersea Essex. A platinum toned salt print.

The Garden Gate. A platinum toned salt print. Richard Freestone of 139 printroom

The Garden Gate. A platinum toned salt print.

Poppy Duo. A gold toned salt print. Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Poppy Duo. A gold toned salt print.

 

Iris. A gold toned salt print.  Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Iris. A gold toned salt print.

 

 

 

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Nov 142012
 

We’ve been rather busy of late at 139 Printroom and I’ve neglected this blog somewhat. So It”s about time I put that right.

Magnum Photos commissioned us again to make another edition of Platinum/Palladium prints. This time of James Dean, as photographed by the late Dennis Stock. The photographer and the movie star’s careers were closely linked back in the 1950s. In fact most of the iconic pictures of James Dean were shot By Dennis and here is one of them.

movie star james dean platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

James Dean by Dennis Stock

We were also asked to make a series of four Platinum/Palladium prints for Ian Aitken. The subjects are four of the last seven remaining Northern White Rhinos left in the wild. Once printed they were beautifully framed and exhibited at the Royal Geographic Society. If you would like to know more have a look at Ian’s website.

4 Northern White Rhinos platinum prints by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom for Ian Aitken

4 Northern White Rhinos in Platinum/Palladium

 

Rhinos at RGS

Rhino prints on show at The Royal Geographic Society

I’ve also taken the time to make some prints of my own images. The delicate, soft subtle tones of 19th Century Platinum Palladium prints have always captivated me. Jack and I once spent a very enjoyable few hours in the research room at the National Media Museum in Bradford, studying Platinum Palladium prints by such luminaries as Frederick Evans and Peter Henry Emerson. It’s that delicacy that I am now endeavoring to bring to my own prints. Here is a couple of examples. You will notice that these prints have straight edges rather than the brushed or coated edges of some Platinum/Palladium prints. This is achieved by masking the negative with Rubylith film. A red film that stops any light reaching the print during exposure. So the unexposed sensitizer is simply washed away during processing.

Poppy Duo platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Poppy Duo

 

Acer Seeds platinum print by Richard Freestone of 139 Printroom

Acer Seeds