Alternative process prints on metal, gold and palladium leaf.
I have rediscovered photography in just the last 4 years. I have worked in the Decorative and Design Arts all along and I have always been interested in exploring both new grounds to paint on and the chemistry and technique that work best. I have also used photographic processes to work in silkscreen production, and have invented techniques to print on hardwood floors, glass, and verre eglomise. One of my most successful projects combining these interests, was painting twenty-four murals at the Bethesda Fountain under a commission from the Central Park Conservancy and New York Landmark. The work was painted with special custom colors and varnishes on Botticino Marble, imitating marbles inlays and trompe l’oeil statues and ornaments and matching the bas-reliefs around the Bethesda Foundatin Arcade and the stairs.
This new body of work combines my lifetime of experience in arts and craft with this amazing kind of photography. Soon after I started to understand the basics of cyanotype and platinum-palladium printing on appropriate papers, I wanted to explore new grounds. I have experimented with metal, gold, and palladium leaf, and combined these with different papers. It is still a big challenge to get good results. When I shoot with my Rolleiflex, I have to keep in mind the images and negatives I need to work with. Everything has to be much more clean and simple, almost minimal.