Told you I was going to have a hard time talking up this photographer...this is a print by, well, me.
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[Sale ended 11:59 p.m. 11/7/2011]
As always with our sales, we take orders for five days, then close the sale and fulfill whatever orders we receive. Naturally, that means the edition is not limited, but after this sale I'll promise never to sell this picture in any size for less than $650. This sale will end at a minute to midnight next Monday.
I wrote about this picture back in early June, in a post called "Perfect Ambivalence." It's a digital image, taken with a digital camera*, but it purposely mimics the 35mm style I worked in for several decades—a style I loved, and miss. As we've discussed many times at this site, cameras now "see" in color, which matters to some people and not to others. It matters to me. This picture started out as a sort of joke, a play on the changing nature of photography from the time I was young till now: a picture of a bright red apple against saturated green grass, converted from color back to black-and-white but with the channels adjusted in Photoshop so the values of both colors are the same. It's all shades of gray to those who love B&W.
As I said at the link, this shot has come to symbolize the "digital transition" for me—a nice endcap of my own long period of working in B&W, but also the decline of optical/chemical photography in the present era, which is what I'm so "perfectly ambivalent" about. (I shot for many years on Kodak Plus-X, which I just learned yesterday has finally been discontinued. Ironic.) I sometimes think of "Color Picture" as my last B&W photograph. It won't be, of course, but somehow it still feels like an endpoint; if I ever publish that book (dubious—I'm not good at getting big things done), this will be the picture on the last page.
And on the other hand, black-and-white in the future will be something to celebrate, an expression of tradition harkening back to photography's glorious first century and a half!
Digital Silver Imaging
I'm not making the prints. Inkjet printing seemed wrong for this picture somehow...it didn't fit the complicated mix of old and new that the picture expressed for me.
And then I discovered the perfect printer, and the perfect printing method, for this particular shot. Eric Luden used to work for Ilford, the British B&W specialist; now he runs a company called Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) in Boston. The digital file is exposed using a Durst Theta 51 RGB photographic laser printer on traditional photographic paper—video here—and is then processed in traditional chemicals. A hybrid method for a hybrid picture: perfect. And pretty, too**.
The image area is approximately 7.5 x 10.5 inches, on 11x14 paper. I'll sign the prints.
Each print is $29o. The price includes shipping to anywhere in the world. The printing process is slow—DSI has to wash, dry, and press every print by hand—so I just don't know how long fulfillment will take, but I'll post regular updates here on TOP so you'll know how we're coming along. I've hired my son to do the packing and shipping, so a bit of every sale will go into his car fund. He's very psyched about that. As for me, the proceeds will go into the inkjet printer fund so I can start doing inkjets again (I don't currently have a working printer). That's kinda ironic, too.
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(Thanks to Richard E. for the video link)
*Pentax K-20 and Pentax 35mm ƒ/2.8 DA Macro.
**Here's what Ilford says about the paper: "Ilford Galerie FB Digital is a real Baryta/Fibre base photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology. It has panchromatic sensitivity optimised for tricolour laser enlargers such as Durst Lambda and Océ Lightjet.
"Galerie FB Digital has excellent contrast, sharpness and surface finish that will give superb continuous tone black and white images or text from digital files prepared from either black and white or colour film negatives or positives, prints and digital originals. The results are equal to those seen when using conventional black and white printing materials and exposing equipment."
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