When I was a student of photography at University, I used to make my own workbooks. They were very rudimentary, but they held together well. I made a particularly large one once, and filled it with darkroom experiments with samples and results from my photographic pursuits in alternative processes. This is the stage I began to pursue my passion for botanical photography.
I discovered and immediately fell inlove with the work of Karl Blossfeldt, which ultimately lead me to a new path. Then, when my 24-85mm Nikon Macro Zoom lens came into my life, a whole new world opened up to me. These images were made in 2002. I did not own a digital camera until 2007.
Here are a few pages, of this rustic olde book I made, which includes some of my notes and hand prints from the darkroom.
I don't think you'll find a book like this for sale in my Etsy shoppe...
I clearly didn't know much of what to do.
However, it was always my favourite book because of what was in it,
and I love the sound the pages make when I turn them.
Here I included many influences, such as Karl Blossfeldt on the right hand side.
This is my own photographic work, darkroom prints on various types of paper. My favourite paper to print on of all time was the Agfa Multiclassic Fiber Based paper in gloss. It was a thick heavyweight paper that was floppy when wet like fabric and I dried it on large gauze sheets. It was spectacular for toning, which I regularly did with brown or sepia toner, and less commonly selenium toner. Sometimes I would bleach and just tone a little back in. I loved to watch the images change colour.
I made my images in the studio on a perspex table top with a large light projecting underneath. I layered olde letters from my Grannie, vintage paper ephemera, and pieces of nature that I had collected on my walks. I wasn't quite sure what my motive was but I loved the way it all came together. I'd enlarge parts of the images and make a new image out of the enlargement. Hours upon hours I would experiment, with wide eyes in the dark. I used to even eat my lunch in the dark as I didn't want to leave!
You can see now where my influences have come from - in the current work I am making.
More to come. x