I guess the headline says it all—The Online Photographer, officially revitalized in our as-yet mostly empty new premises but up and running as of Friday, will start up again in earnest for the Fall with a "mini-relaunch" on Monday.
Please pass the word!
At that time I'll have a big announcement. Which I hope will include a picture. (Are you reading, Ailsa?)
For the foreseeable future, "Morning Coffee" will continue, auto-posted every weekday morning at 8:30 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). I've yet to get into the rhythm of this feature, but I have hopes I can work it out as I settle in here.
Platinum Print Sale
On Wednesday we'll be having our first Carl Weese platinum/palladium (Pt/Pd) Print Sale in more than four years. One of the most beautiful processes in photographic history, platinum has fallen on somewhat hard times recently because it simply must be seen in original print form—in any kind of copy, including digital representation on the computer screen, it just looks pale and dull and cannot even hint at the lovely luminous subtlety of originals. Our friend Carl is a "deep master" of the process, having practiced and taught the art of Pt/Pd for many years. This year's prints will be unusual in that both will be generated from digital internegatives. Carl will explain the process mid-sale.
As always, our sale is intended to make ownership of expensive prints as accessible as possible to as many people as possible. The price will be as reasonable as it can be. There is a possibility that the total number of prints will be limited, however, as each print requires a considerable amount of attentive hand labor and time—the process is very touchy and involved (even when there are no problems) and just doesn't lend itself to "production lining" very well.
We'll post the announcement at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Please come by and take a look! One of these will be going on my Red Wall, no question.
...And thanks for all your patience lately. This has been an adventure.
—Mike, TOP Guardian of the Ramparts and maître d'
(Thanks to stunt double Butters, and Misha, who suggested the caption)
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Marcelo Guarini: "I have two ziatype and one platinum of Carl Weese, they are so, so beautiful. I did try to reproduce the look using K3 pigments and Museo Portfolio Rag paper, by far the best rag paper for me, during the last three years. I think I got a decent imitation now if you look the print from some distance. The metallic shine of some of the tones is impossible to get with pigments, but the overall look of the pigment print is quite decent."