Salted Prints

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Salted paper is as old as the invention of photography, which by art history standards is a comparatively young art of a mere 180 years. It was the first photography-on-paper process invented and it became the basis of black & white photography as we know it today. A piece of paper is soaked in salted water, dried, and then coated with silver nitrate, exposed in the sun, toned with gold and other precious metals, and what results is a monochrome print of various colors: yellow-browns, peachy-browns, red-browns, lavender-taupes, purple-reds, dramatic aubergines to neutral dusky blue-blacks. The process can be printed on any kind of paper, not to mention fabric, leather, wood, glass, and ivory. Salt has the longest exposure scale of any photographic process. From highest delicate highlights to deepest shadows, all detail is preserved. It is the process to use when wanting to connect to photography’s historical roots.

My intention is to use my most local resource in this process - the Sea.

Prints made with the solution of Loch Nevis salt water will all be title Nibheis.