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Ice Princess – Our First Large Format Wild Horse Calotype on Silver Gelatin Artist Proofs

We are off and running now with our first artist’s proof, Ice Princess. In the video at the bottom of this article, you can watch us make this print in the darkroom.

As I mentioned in the project overview article, I am exploring many different print types and colors to try and find a style that aligns to my creative vision and project narrative.

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.

Before I print with fiber paper, I like to start with Ilford RC paper because it is much faster and easier to process without all of the archival steps and processing requirements. It typically gives me a good idea if I want to pursue a fiber print or not.

As you can see from the first print I am holding in the image above, the handmade 19th-century calotype paper negative is extremely versatile and allows for processes like silver gelatin that require significantly less density than historical processes like salt, kallitype, platinum, and others.

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.

As you can see in the photo above, the calotype is very dense. I know that it will be a perfect match for the historic processes, but it was good to find out how flexible the 1830’s paper negative truly is with more modern processes.

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.