Platinum, palladium etc
This portfolio contains prints made using traditional photographic printing processes printed by Eleanor in 2013. The platinum print is an exquisite print. It is one of the oldest, rarest, most refined of all black and white photographic printing processes and is specialist craft.
“When I observe a fine platinum print, I am affected by its luminosity and gentle warmth, the detail even in the deepest shadows, the delicate white and the three dimensional, holographic depth of the image. Those qualified of the platinum image are unique in human experience. Landscapes and still-lifes glow as from an inner light. Portraits look back at us, alive.” John Stevenson in The Journal of Contemporary Photography.
Compared to silver gelatin printing, platinum is as chemically stable as gold and offers a quality of detail that can last thousands of years.
Cyanotype and Van Dyke are two other traditional printing processes that give a cyan-blue tint in the case of Cyanotype, and an almost rusty brown in the case of Van Dyke. Both are simple and low cost. The resulting print may also be toned by other chemicals or metals such as platinum and palladium.