Palladium!

So I pretty much have been having the worst week ever and it just keeps getting worse. I hope it gets better soon.

I've mentioned a couple of times that I've been taking a Palladium Platinum printing class and its going great! Last week we went to the National Museum of American History and met with the Curator of Photography. It was awesome because the museum is closed so we got to walk around and then snoop around the oldest photography collection in the country! She showed us some beautiful Palladium prints by Weston, Imogen Cunningham, and some other amazing artists. Then she took us into the archives, where we saw a ton of original large Avedon prints- they own a whole exhibition of his. We saw original Muybridge studies and its respective glass plates and also super sweet 20x24 glass negatives that were totally amazing! It was really an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience.

But anyways, like I said, I've been making some work that I like and I want to share a few pieces. During my Dancers series it worked out so that I would photograph them for my project and then in return I would shoot stuff that they wanted (head shots, action shots, audition shots, etc). I focused on getting my shots for my project and then did theirs and stashed them away, didn't look at them again. I started browsing through them and some are actually really great! I am really interested in that whole dynamic of what they wanted and what I wanted. Their idea of a successful shot was different from my idea of a successful shots and the same applies to them too. One dancer's idea of a great photo was different from another dancer's. So I've been making digital negatives of these images and printing them in Palladium on a very nice vellum-like Biengfang paper. There is no way to scan a palladium print so that it looks like the real thing, but I did my best.

PS- it's not meant to be a triptych necessarily, this is just how I uploaded it. Click on it to see a larger version!