Handmade Prints

Handmade Prints

Handmade, one-off original, prints made using Victorian photographic processes such as cyanotype, salt print or gold-toned kallitype.  With all of these processes I mix the solutions from raw powdered chemicals and create the prints myself.

Salt prints are one of the earliest forms of photographic print, dating from the 1830s and invented by Henry Fox Talbot.  A solution of sodium chloride, a pure version of table salt, is painted on the cotton paper and allowed to dry.  A solution of silver nitrate is then applied and this reacts to become light sensitive silver chloride.  Prints dry from a deep sepia to a dark brown/black and are capable of reproducing fine detail

Cyanotypes are made by combining solutions of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide and applying to cotton paper with a brush.  They produce a rich blue print, used in the past by engineers as blueprints, and can be toned to purple or brown using wine tannin and green tea respectively.  Cynotypes are ideally suited to abstract artist nude photographs.

Kallitypes also originate from the Victorian era and are an iron/silver print, mixing silver nitrate and ferric oxalate.  These prints are capable of producing the most wonderful range of tones and detail, with a beauty all of their own.  When toned in with a gold-chloride solution, the silver in the print is exchanged for real gold metal the image becomes a rich brown/black and the print becomes completely archival.  A gold-toned kallitype would potentially last 500 years without ever fading.