So, I was looking at this: and got to thinking:
a) this is really cool
b) the result is better than what I’ve seen for other videos, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nv8wr-zKIRI
c) nice segue into online editing, and
d) what if the edges were routered after making the picture, and ferous acetate used to selectively stain part of the edge, like at the end of this vid:
This being Germany, my next question was about materials, especially the Gel Medium, which turns out to be called, Malgel. There’s also a different product solution as shown in the above German video, called Foto Potch. Here’re some links:
What strikes me out of all this, is that here is a way to connect back to an older aesthetic involving the actual, selection, contact print creation, support base preparation, substrate selection and actual printing of the image. Its not quite Darkroom Technique 101, but there’s a lot to this that can be challenging in order to produce a single, well made photograph.
Some things to consider, 100% White becomes the colour of your wood – What is the Contrast range for the image, the laser printer paper and ink, the colour photocopier paper and ink, and the wood that you’re printing on to? Is it 6 stops, 8 stops, 11 stops, and how do you modify “your” image for the best print result?
How coarse, grainy, or fine is the wood on which you’re printing and what effect does that have on the sharpness of the final image?
Do brush strokes become apparent in the substate gel media? if so, what creative textural impacts can we introduce? If you press the paper image onto the substrate, are the textural elements lost?
Lastly, I’ve been considering a new project, to review my entire life’s record with photography (some 40 odd years worth) and comparing images that I’ve made with some of those published in Encyclopedias of Photography: not to say my work is as great or better, but to see and compare how I’ve treated similar subject matter with what other photographers in the past have done.
This was to be a digital effort mostly, but I entertained the idea of printing my images more or less the same size as the paper prints of the photographers I would be comparing to.
Perhaps it might be of more interest, at least to me, to take this wood printing idea and apply it to this project, but not just use wood, but also, perspex, slate, corrugated iron, aluminum, etc as support media. That could be a very entertaining idea and way to spend a few months in activity…
Anyway, I think this is a cool idea that is easily implemented in most photographers, home or pro studios, as a side project for playing with. Perhaps it could even add an additional photographic product to your stable?
For today, that’s what’s in my
Line of Sight.