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Considering the color and tone of my wild horse prints for the new handmade book

One of the creative choices that I need to make fairly quickly is the color and tone of the prints for my new handmade wild horse fine art book.

For this first book, I have decided to make an 8×10 book with a 5×7 image on 8×10. I also know that I will be making a lay flat style binding because I want the viewer to be able to easily enjoy the images without struggling to get the prints to lay flat.

You may want to read my artist statement and the first article in this series to help you understand the context and my direction for my handmade wild horse fine art book project.

I have been researching and exploring the obvious colors of black, white, gray, and brown. The choice of color and tone of the prints in the books is very important to me because it impacts the emotional response to the images, and I want a clear connection between the color and tone and the narrative and underlying metaphors to work cohesively together.

If you are a photographer or interested in learning about analog photography, we have an Analog Photography Membership Community that is the only community of its kind where you can learn and explore analog photography in depth. I also have an extensive training library of video workshops and guidebooks if you prefer to download the videos and books for offline use.

I am currently making a variety of different types of prints, including platinum/palladium, silver gelatin, silver chloride, salt, kallitype, and oil prints to find the one that aligns with my narrative and resonates with me.

If you are a photographer or interested in learning about analog photography, we have an Analog Photography Membership Community that is the only community of its kind where you can learn and explore analog photography in depth. I also have an extensive training library of video workshops and guidebooks if you prefer to download the videos and books for offline use.

I share my latest work in the darkroom with you in the Darkroom Diary on my YouTube Channel. If you are interested in coming behind the scenes with me as I work, this is the place for you.

I am offering a limited-time opportunity for art buyers and collectors that want to support the development and creation of our first limited edition of 100 handmade wild horse fine art books. The book will include at least 12 handmade wild horse fine art prints with acid-free interleaving vellum between each print. Each piece of artwork in the book is embossed with a custom stamp and each artwork is titled, dated, and signed. A final version of the artist statement will be at the front of the book and be hand signed. The book will be made in a lay-flat style, so you can enjoy each piece of artwork with the book lying flat. You will receive a certificate of authenticity hand signed and dated. You will be rewarded as an early supporter because you will save 50% off the final price of this limited edition handmade book. In a world where everything is mass produced and cheaply made, our handmade wild horse fine art book is a rare opportunity to support an artist that is committed to pre-mechanized 19th century handmade processes. You’ll be rewarded with a unique and collectible artwork that you’ll appreciate for the rest of your life.

COLOR MEANINGS

I found several sources to help me document and understand color meanings, and this website is the one that I felt aligned most closely with my work.

Black – The color of power and sophistication. Black is an incredibly strong and intimidating color that exudes authority and makes us feel secure and protected. Often seen at formal and prestigious events, this mysterious marvel arouses and seduces our senses with its elegance and sexiness.

Gray – The color of compromise and control. Gray is neutral, conservative and unemotional. It is practically solid as a rock, making it incredibly stable, reliable and calming. It has a peaceful, relaxing and soothing presence. Gray avoids attention but offers mature, insightful advice to anyone who asks.

White – The color of purity and innocence. White is a true balance of all colors and is associated with cleanliness, simplicity and perfection. It loves to make others feel good and provides hope and clarity by refreshing and purifying the mind. It also promotes open-mindedness and self-reflection.

Brown – The color of stability and reliability. Brown is dependable and comforting. A great counselor and friend that is full of wisdom. You can count on its help if you need an honest opinion, support, and protection. It stabilizes us, helps us stay grounded, and inspires us to appreciate the simple things in life.

I will continue to share the different prints as I create them and I will share my final choice once I make that decision.

If you are a photographer or interested in learning about analog photography, we have an Analog Photography Membership Community that is the only community of its kind where you can learn and explore analog photography in depth. I also have an extensive training library of video workshops and guidebooks if you prefer to download the videos and books for offline use.

-Tim Layton

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