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Photographic Processes - (Hand
made photographic -emulsions and processes)
is simple to make a contact printing frames for alternative processes.
this can be as simple as a piece of glass and a board through to elaborate
devices with special spring clips. However, there are some point to
take into consideration
sure the glass is clean and has no scratches or these will show up on
all the prints.
helpful to have some system that keeps the glass, the negative and paper
support base in close contact - areas where the emulsion coated paper that are not in contact with the negative will show up as blurry and out of focus.
• For some situations, It is
helpful to have some means of registering the paper and the negative
board with a piece of glass,This is the simplest means
of constructing a printing frame - It works ok for small works but
if the glass is not thick enough the contact between the glass,
the negative and the paper with the emulsion can be poor and produce
a print with areas out of focus. Also the negative can slip an lose
registration on the paper.
The hinged top from an old photocopier can easily be converted in a contact printer.
and rubber bands - These
can be used to hold the sandwich of glass, negative and paper down
As a means
of registering the negative and paper,two metal plates or wooden
or wooden strips can be fixed along the side of the base board.
with hinged glass
A board can
be made with a soft spongy base and tape along the edge so it
can be hinged up or down.
as the works become lager the printing frame needs to be larger
and this can present some problems. The time taken to construct
the printing frame can relate to the aesthetics of the image -
If there is a sense of deconstruction you can afford to be more
relaxed than if you are aiming for a technically perfect print
- Also if you are only making a few pints you might like to improvise.
For the St Sebastian image which explored a deconstructed aesthetic, I used a series
A3 photocopied transparencies and several sheets of glass.
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