Summer is over and it was a tough one for us this yeah. I am looking forward to winter.
Ok Ok so my Daliy Pics post has not been everyday, but I am working on it and hope to have some more images for the future on a regular basis. This images is from Asbury Park, New Jersey, a place dear to my heart. I used to go there as a teenager to see bands like Social Distortion and Dramarama. I believe this building is no longer there. I shot it with some of the earliest Impossible Project color film.
Lately Asbury Park has had a small resurgence. Hopefully this time it will last.
I wrote before about the Tosahakinshi or Tosa Washi platinum paper I ordered from Japan from PGI. I was finally able to test it and I have to say, it is the best mulberry type paper I have used. I have tried the Lightweight "Goyu" Kozo paper from Bostwick & Sullivan and it is good, but it can be easily over-brushed and I had to use a lot more sensitizer to coat it. With the Tosa Washi paper I used 25 drops of Ferric Oxilate, 23 drops of Palladium and 2 drop of 5% Sodium Platinum Solution Na2 for an 8x10 inch photo using the brush from Japan. I got the drop count from Masayuki Nishimaru. You can watch a below of Masayuki coating the paper.
The other two main points are to use felt underneath and to weigh it down on the ends. For the sticks he uses in the video to pick the paper up with, I use bamboo skewers.
With coating, it is very different than regular paper. When I take the brush out of distilled water, and shake the excess water off just a little bit. The brush is still very wet when I dip it into the sensitizer. I just stick the very tip in and wipe the excess off the side of the bowl I use. You will make a lot of strokes so you don't need to use a lot of sensitizer. The paper is very thin and it doesn't take much to absorb. I start my stroke very fast and then slow down once I reach the other side. I then let it hang dry for 30 minutes.
I originally learned about the paper from Francis Schanberger who teaches how to do the process with using Van Dyke Brown and the Tosa Washi paper. Check out his work, it is wonderful. He was kind enough to respond to my question through email and sent me the contact information on buying the paper.
My work from "Where the Ocean Meets the Shore" will be displayed at a group show in the Bergen Community College from October 1st to December 4th, 2013. Join me at the reception on Tuesday October 15th from 5:30 to 7:30pm. The show is located at:
Bergen Community College
400 Paramus Road
West Hall, Third Floor
Paramus, New Jersey 07652
I am also honored to be part of a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 22, 12:20 to 1:40pm, Room A-104.
Today, my interview with the Impossible Project was posted on their blog. If you don't know who they are, The Impossible Project are the makers of the new Polaroid type film. The project that was featured is my "Life and Death of a Shore Town". It is about how drastically different shore towns and beach communities are during different times of the year. Now after Hurricane Sandy, the towns in New Jersey will be changed in a way that I could never imagine. I am sure a lot of people will not return or will not be able to return. The rental houses, which are primarily for young kids, will not survive or if they do there will be very few of them left. I want to thank the Impossible Project for all there support and for bringing back some wonderful film with all it's idiosyncrasies. These photos were taken with this film specifically because of the instant and often unpredictable nature of the film. To stress the temporary nature of communities.