BluehouseArt is currently studying a 2-year Masters Degree in Research Photography at The University College of Creative arts (at Rochester) with the intention to produce a new wolf-related conservation exhibition at Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire as a culmination of this study. During this period of photography research Bluehouse will further explore techniques of hand-printing large scale black and white imagery. To date a portfolio of 'wolf exhibitions' and personal work have been produced following a technique to print imagery 30inches by 36 inches. Ambitious new work is intended to be printed at initially twice this size and then ultimately up to four times the original print size as we experiment with equipment capable of producing a single hand-printed image in excess of 50inches by 80inches.

The results will be documented and published. more info


Printing to 30inches by 36inches

A technique of creating an inter-negative (a 5x4inch negative from original 35mm) on a graphics panochromatic film is currently undergoing further experimentation.

Creating the enlarged negative allows images to be printed at a size of 30inch by 36inch.

The main problem is to overcome the direct black and white contrast of the graphics film and keep the middle tones of grey in the final monochrome print.



A technique has proved successful by using a diluted developer in the processing of the film and has been applied with tests to a back catalogue of imagery in keeping with the working creed and the production of conservation exhibitions and out'stallations.



What is interesting is the unpredictable nature of this technique. It seems ever dependent on the original negative, and equally necessary to document the exposure times when going through the internegative stages. Tones of gray vary due to grain explosion.



From the inter-neg printing has been tested on a variety of papers from Fotospeed and Kentmere. Work prints on resin coated paper of a smaller scale allow the extent of the negative to be examined before finally printing at the larger scale on both resin coated and fibre-based (which have proved harder to handle when in large sheets). Quite often the results do not match, further supporting the unique aspect of this technique.



The final results of wolf-related imagery and landscapes are now framed and on view at Woburn Safari Park and a full catalogue of the results so far is in production.



My favourite aspect of the imagery is the texture that has been created from exploding the grain through the process. These textures, at times, come across as pencil sketches; charcoal drawings "which evokes a sense of the ancient and foreboding". link to review



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