PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, AND MANIPULATIONS
I was trained at the University of Texas in the art of documentary photography. Ever since I have been trying to catch significant moments in time. In the old days, we used to brag, "I love the smell of Dektol in the morning."
Yes, all the chemicals have gone down the drain, but this series from a trip to Mali in 1991 was fixed on fiber paper. I'd like to go fishing in the dark again, but for now the photo lab is in storage. Here I'll show you part of an exhibit of 30 photographs shown at the Medical Arts Library at the University of Cincinnati in 2003.
Tinting, Coloring, and Dyeing
Some black-and-white fiber prints just scream for hand-tinting. Tinting
with photo oils and cotton swabs is a satisfying fun adventure and delivers
pleasing results quickly.
A B C
A.The Rainy Roses picture was photographed, out-of-focus, through a rain-pelted patio door. The fiber print was then tinted. B. This fashion accessory close-up with the blue-eyed girl was cross-processed from a slide film. Then the color was semi-corrected in printing. C. Fabric dye converted this black-and-white print into a psychedelic tulip. Maybe it got high on the rubber cement I used in the process.
The CocaCola image is printed on fiber paper, showing a baby playing with a drink can. It was colored with red Sharpie. Blue-purplish irises glow in vibrant colors when printed (from slide) on a high-quality ink jet.
My Polaroid transfers are made from slides in a small printer. It is hard enough to get a good result this way, but some artists transfer Polaroids from the camera in the field. Such images are truly one of a kind.
I found that the paper is crucial for the success. Find a printing paper with excellent wet strength, and you are in good shape. Be prepared to waste a few films before the emulsion transfers evenly.
Photo Play with Barbie
Once in a while I like to go silly. What appears like a playful snap, was
actually a lot of work. I took a number of Barbie images the hard way with a Mamiya C220
medium format. Not only has every action to be set by hand and metered,
the off-set focus tricks you into hapless crops at times. At least this
Barbie was a patient model.