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The various subjects in this series and the former depict life stilled. 


These photos all share the process used to print them:  the lith process.  In addition to a general softness which the lith process adds to photographed image, the lith process also lends a warm tone and a slight grittiness that sometimes recalls an unlovely artifact made more lovely by survival, wear and handling.  

Lith printing takes place in the darkroom like a normal gelatin-silver print, but the negative requires about three times the exposure, and the lithographic developer is highly dilute. As a result, the time in the developer can be--not two minutes like a normal print--but as long as 15, 20  minutes or more.  This slower process gives me the sense that I am coaxing the image out of the developer.  At a certain point the dark values begin to develop rapidly and the print must be snatched out before it is ruined.  The print can also be pulled out of the developer at various points, depending on the look one wants to achieve for a particular negative.  An example of three different "snatch" points for one negative can be seen in the triptych: Agave Tre.
 

 

 

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