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    To Be Swapped

    Now that all the prints I sent out for this year's print exchange have arrived, I thought I would post a scan of it.

    The Image was one of a set I did of a coke can from a multi-pack box; I could not resist the relationship to the concept of the print swap.

    I took the picture using my 5x4 folding pinhole camera, extended out to a 73mm focal length and with a 0.3mm EMS pinhole (giving f/244). The exposure was through a yellow filter behind the pinhole and took 40 minutes onto a paper negative that was pre-flashed Ilford MGIV Variable Contrast paper. I scanned the paper negative and then made a digital negative on transparency for use in the contact printing. There is an image of the scan in the forum here.

    The image is printed in soot I have harvested from my chimney; it is not an easy pigment to work with but seems to give an interesting character to the prints as the range of soot particle sizes varies. The carbon tissue is made with a soap-based recipe, quite similar to the one in Swan's patent.

    I printed a limited edition of 8.
    Best regards,

    Evan

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    500+ Posts colray's Avatar
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    And the print looks fantastic .

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    Hi Colin,

    Thanks. I have tried both scanning and photographing the prints; although colours can be conveyed, the screen view never really captures the process. There is probably a proverb in this somewhere "a print in the hand is worth N on the screen"; I am not sure how many the 'N' should be though!

    Best regards,

    Evan
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    Quote Originally Posted by banana_legs View Post
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    There is probably a proverb in this somewhere "a print in the hand is worth N on the screen"; I am not sure how many the 'N' should be though!...
    Quite high in my opinion. I think black and white prints have a "depth" and "richness" to them that just doesn't come across on a computer screen. In terms of value, one fine print might be hard to beat!
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    ( pinholes and solargraphs mixed in among the rest)

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    amazing work evan... really beautiful and the process sounds fascinating

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