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Thursday, September 13, 2012

new processes

Alright, so if you've been following this for awhile, you know that in addition to all my comics-ing I'm a photography student, and if you have the misfortune to having talked to me about this lately, you know all about my alternative film processes studies, and how much I geek out when saying phrases like "expanding what film, and ergo, the photographic image has the potential to be". So these are some prints made using Inkodye (made by the good folks at Lumi, I swear this is isn't a product plug, I'm just this excited about the possibilities this stuff offers). Fr those of you with a background in this sort of thing, it's easier to use, cheaper, colorful, liquid light. For the non darkroom-lurkers, it's a bottle of awesome UV-sensitive goo. These are my first prints with it, which will be part of something I'm putting together this weekend.
...Oh hey, you're still here? Cool. So what I did was make a transparency sheet sized negative, and then essentially a contact print. In the bottom print (of the first image) I smeared on a healthy dose of all three colors Inkodye comes in (did this in a safelighted room) but the stripes were a bit much, and I missed some on my second go, I focused on getting the whole thing completely coated lightly, which looked nice but there were still a lot of brushmarks going willy-nilly, which is a typical side effect of things like liquid light so I suppose I should just accept it, and it is my favorite (hence why it's the close-up picture too). On my third try, I wet the paper (using some scraps left over from the giant fancy printer, so very textured and thick paper essentially, although you can use Inkodye on all sorts of things) and then diluted the dye, so that the paper was saturated with a not-stripy coat...however, some of the dye just dripped right out, so it's too light. Will keep you posted as I figure out how to best apply this.

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