Saturday, May 21, 2011

ulivetto .....progress report... 21 may 2011

 
there seem to be 5 different themes / series  inside the Ancient Olive project ....
13 old professors
3 bodies in trees
12 weird animals 
12 fairytale creatures trapped
and 13 Enty old tree beards ....
I can't seem to narrow it down any further....
so there is alot of work still to be done
each image is traditionally photographed and printed in the silver gelatin process 
5x4 inch negatives 
  contact printed on 8x10 inch  fibre based paper
(the following are the scans of the printworks so far )









Over the last months I have started in on the "old professors" ... but realise there is still so many more to be printed and each one takes days to get right ... the fibre base paper changes not only contrast but density (light and dark) is entirely different by the time it has dried over a 48 hour period ...so there have been many recalibrations and alot of re-printing ...

nothing is quite what it seems...

days later what was perfect is now dark and flat and not as intended ... so I have started all over over from scratch ... with the long forgotten knowledge of how this paper and silver gelatin process changes over time ....

It is amazing how instant digital technology and impatience has changed our perspective ....

6 comments:

JK said...

Going to the photography roots must be a journey on itself. The photographs look fantastic. Wish you lots of fun printing them, you must be so proud when they come out well.

ingermaaike said...

Did I mention this barn with loads of walls to be filled......

Wezz said...

Oooh I love this series of tree pics! Olive trees, especially old ones, look like wise old people somehow. Love number 8!!

Nancy van den Boom said...

This is so beautiful. The process, the trees, your work on the photographs. These old olive trees are magical, and you captured their personalities so well. You know how I love trees. And I love the idea that I will have some of your work in the near future. Enjoy the process of the printing and glad you are not narrowing the selection any further....;-)

ira said...

I love everything Matchy, but the 1st and the 3rd is my favs methinks., Oh yep like Inger my studio wall still empty White...

Star of the East said...

It must be a great experience for you to go down to the real thing called 'photography' :) Wonderful job, respect to your patience!

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