|The Gum Bare Pages|
|— A Work in Progress —|
August 11, 2007
For the seeable future, I am going to try to combine two aspects of silver gelatin exploration: new paper emulsions and three-color gum over AgGel printing. (Known henceforth as Silver Gum.)
I have gotten lazy. I♥ emulsion is now to my taste, and mostly predictable and repeatable. It's a temptation to hole up and just print. You know the fantasy - the one where the really good galleries come to you and beg to represent your transcendent photography. Come on. Fess up.
But, in actual truth, I am a lab rat far more than a gallery rat. I can never make it clear through a reception. So, research ho!
I have been collecting recipes as I've been reading through one hundred years of emulsion literature. I will be taking the recipes one by one. Hopefully, I won't see too much Crap (my pet name for really ugly emulsion). The great thing about the gum-overs is that they hide a multitude of sins. I don't plan on wasting much silver. The marginal emulsions should still be useable for gum play. I promise to share all details and results - successful and otherwise.
September 10, 2007
OK. Starting down the road. I will be repeating many of the same original images with different pigment sets. After I work out a half dozen or so with one image from a digital camera (Seal Rock Seep) and one from a handcolored original (Courage) on "I ♥" emulsion, I will branch into different emulsions and negative sets. I will try to present the exploding weed patch of information in as organized fashion as possible. I will likely change and edit somewhere along the line.
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