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Bromoil print The one sentence explanation: A Bromoil print is one where a traditional darkroom print is made, the silver removed, and replaced with printer's ink. A more complete, albeit still truncated, description: The creation of a Bromoil print involves a number of steps. The first is the creation of a traditional darkroom print, used as a guide print to reference at a later time. A second print is made, normally exposed twice as long as the guide print under the enlarger, and given a grade less contrast. This is the print that will eventually become a Bromoil, but must first be dried overnight. The following day the print is bleached and tanned. Typical photographic bleaches merely remove the silver from the print, but the type used in this process also tans the print. This means that it hardens the emulsion relative to the amount of silver that was in the print. Areas that held shadow values will have the emulsion hardened considerably, whereas the highlights will have had the emulsion hardened very lightly. The paper must then be dried again overnight. Finally the print can be inked. To begin, it is first soaked in water for about 15 minutes. This allows water to saturate the emulsion, and will do so relative to its hardening - the softer the emulsion, the more water that area of the print will hold, the harder the emulsion the less water that area can hold. The paper is then removed from the soak and all surface water is removed, so the only water remaining is within the emulsion. It is laid on a sheet of glass to keep it flat and provide a hard backing. A stiff brush, often made with hog's hair, is tapped on ink-covered tile to charge it with ink, then with various tapping motions of the brush, the ink is transferred to the paper. As this is done, the highlight areas (where the emulsion holds the most water) reject the ink, while the shadow areas (holding little water) accept the ink. Eventually the paper will dry out and need to be resoaked before more ink can be properly applied. After several thousand taps of the brush on the paper, the image is ready to be dried, touched up, and displayed.
Photography Print:Black & White on Paper
Artist Produced Limited Edition of:1
Size:8 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in
Packaging:Ships in a Box
Delivery Time:Typically 5-7 business days for domestic shipments, 10-14 business days for international shipments.
George L Smyth began to seriously study photography upon his return from an extended trip to Wales in 1992. After experimenting to find his personal style, he decided to concentrate on pinhole, infrared and alternative process photography. A member of the Bowie-Crofton Camera Club since 1992, the largest in the Washington-Baltimore area, he has won numerous awards, including Photographer of the Year and Master of Photography. He is a regular lecturer on pinhole and infrared photography, and has offered presentations to area clubs, as well as presenting to PhotoPro Expo twice.
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