Olga #1: A platinotype made by the artist from an original 8″x10″ in-camera negative. Limited edition of 24 prints. This is my September print of the month offer. Find out more…
Becoming a Photographer
I’ve owned a camera since I was 11 years old. Right from the start I had a good eye, inherited from my artist mother, but it took me a long time to become a photographer. That happened when I discovered Charlie Waite.
One day, sheltering from the rain in my local bookshop, I picked up a copy of Charlie Waite’s The Making of Landscape Photographs. This slim volume wasn’t particularly imposing, but it had an intriguing cover picture: bare trees in a stony field, clear blue sky overhead, and snowy mountains in the far distance. Obviously this wasn’t just a picture of something interesting found by chance (like most of mine were at that time).
Inside I found page after page of extraordinary photographs. All were different, but they shared a consistent style, and all of them had super-precise composition. That’s when I realised that a photograph could be ‘made’ not ‘taken’ – and could be an artistic statement not just a record of something seen.
And that’s when I became a photographer.
That rainy day was almost twenty years ago now. But the lesson I learned about photography has stayed fresh. And I still have Charlie’s book on my bookshelf.
My print of the month for October is Olga #1. This is a great example of a photograph ‘made’ not ‘taken’. The picture looks quite simple, but I waited for years to find just the right model and just at the right moment to make this. It’s a platinum print made from an 8″x10″ in-camera negative. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
The Platinum Printing Workshop
I’m very pleased that my book on platinum/palladium printing continues to be well received:
It’s currently running at #21 in Amazon’s ‘Darkroom & Processing’ category. That’s pretty good considering 15 of their top 20 are books about digital editing and have nothing whatsoever do with the darkroom.
Last month I spent an enjoyable weekend teaching platinum/ palladium printing.
A one or two day private workshop with me will accelerate your learning, and help you to develop your printing skills with confidence. The one-to-one format means that we can work at your pace and cover the topics that you need to know.