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THE DECAMERON

The marrying of traditional and digital techniques has been part of my repertoire of photography for 10 years.  Research led me to Nash Editions in California, who were the leaders of a new wave of fine art digital imaging techniques to create fine art prints on watercolour papers. I was fortunate enough to meet Mac Holbert and Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills and Nash, who welcomed me openly. I became one of their first clients to create fine art prints with new technologies. The timeframe was the early 1990’s.

Different photography printing techniques always intrigued me.  About the same time as I was testing digital printing techniques Polaroid was promoting the Polaroid image transfer method of photography. This process involved taking a Polaroid image and then about 15 seconds into development, separating the positive from the negative, and transferring the negative to a fine art paper to produce fine art prints. The resulting image had a painterly look and was quite unique and different from conventional photography. The process was difficult, since if you weren’t careful the emulsion lifted off the paper when you removed the negative from the art prints. This was especially true when you had a large black area. I developed a way of transferring the image with minimal lift and ended up with beautiful 8 X 10 Polaroid images, such as Sue.

Art PrintsOne of the problems was that when you had a good image transfer, there was only one perfect one, since the negative could only be transferred to an art print once. Therefore, in conjunction with Nash Editions we scanned the image in, left the chemical residue (blue around the edges of the image) on the image and digitally produced  fine art prints on water colour paper of any sized desired. I could then have a limited edition art print of a beautiful specialized image.


The 1998 exhibition called “The Decameron” consisted of 10 portraits of women between the ages of 22 and 52. All were non-professional models and I wanted and got a similar expression to the sensual gaze of the original image of Sue. Someone suggested that I add words to the wonderful images and I was fortunate to have Bayeux Arts, Inc. give permission to use some of the poetry by Rabindranath Tagore from the collection called “The One And The Many.” Since the original exhibition some new women have been added to the collection.
 

 


 

 



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