Lifeguard Portrait in Van Dyke Brown

I’ve been working pretty regularly on this process for the last few weeks. For those who aren’t familiar with Van Dyke brownprints, they are produced by hand coating paper (I’m currently working with a nice hot-pressed cotton rag paper called Arches Platine) with an sensitized solution of iron salts. The paper is then contact printed with a negative under UV light. The sun was the earliest source of this light, but I am using a bank of UV florescent bulbs, lent to me by a friend. This produces a very warm toned image on a heavy matte finish paper. The finished print has a wonderful rich quality about it.

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