Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Great Marsh #2

Rowley, MA
Holga 120N
There's another view of this on my flickr.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Late Autumn Tree (Transfer to birch)

From my series of trees transferred to baltic birch. Original shot with a Brownie Hawkeye Flash with a flipped lens.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Mysterious Visions Show

My image, "The Snow at Night", has been accepted to the online annex of the "Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages" show at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury, VT. Photographer Emma Powell was the juror for the show. The show runs from April 23-May 18th with an artist's reception on May 10th from 5-7pm. This image was a multiple exposure image made with a Holga. A couple of the exposures of falling snow were made at night with an on-camera flash.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ink Transfer Comparisons

(Image on the right is an emulsion lift transfer. Image on the left is a transfer from transfer film. Click on the image to see it larger).

Recently, I started experimenting with "emulsion lift" type ink transfers rather than transfers made by printing on transfer film and transferring the ink to various materials (in this case, baltic birch plywood).
The emulsion lift transfer is made by printing an image onto paper, then applying multiple coats of acrylic gel medium on the paper. You then soak the paper/gel combination in a tray of warm, distilled water until the paper itself becomes saturated enough to remove by lightly rubbing it off with your finger. What you are left with is a "skin" or emulsion with the image on it. This skin can then be transfered to any media by adhering it with another coat of acrylic gel medium (on the media you're transferring to). The acrylic gel acts like a glue to hold the skin in place and dries clear. The whole thing has a slightly milky look to it and the image itself is less defined than it would be if you did a transfer directly from transfer film. You can also leave some of the paper in place to create a "look" rather than removing it all in the soaking stage. And after the piece has thoroughly dried, you can apply an additional coating such as varnish or a textured coating such as encaustic wax to enhance it further.

Anyway, the whole process is explained much better on the Alternative Photography website. Check it out here. There's also a tutorial about direct ink transfers to wood. This is the method that I pretty much use for my transfers.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Two Windows

New York City, NY
Holga 120N

Thursday, March 7, 2013


Holga 120N

Sunday, March 3, 2013

The Apple Tree in Winter (Transfer to birch)

Inkjet transfer to baltic birch plywood. Original shot with a flipped -lens Kodak Brownie Hawkeye Flash.