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Monday, May 3, 2010

Dad's Self Portrait Meets Photo Etching

I'm really enjoying learning this process of photo etching. It is, at times frustrating... and most certainly time consuming, and my results have been all over the board. But sometimes, even the "mistakes" or where I "go wrong" results in an interesting print... which is what happened here. Same story~  image circa the 70's, originally a slide, transferred to a digital image & etched onto a copper plate. I think it was an interesting image to begin with... dad shooting a self portrait into the mirror with an old Pentax Honeywell film camera. Here are the results~

And again, printed with different ink & paper for a different feel~

Even though it didn't turn out the way I had planned, I thought it made for a really interesting image. 
Looking at the copper plate below, you can see how little the plate has etched.

 I would like to redo this plate & try again if I can fit it in this quarter!
Here's the original image~

I just realized I etched it backwards from the original!  :)


Wanda said...

The etching has a more straight on piercing look into your soul feeling to it!

Lisa (Mountain Photog) said...

Another great job! I like the added contrast in the second print better, I think. And I agree, the etching definitely has a "looking into your soul" feeling to it. Perfect description.

Lori E said...

How cool is that. I have never seen this before. I am strictly a point and shoot kinda girl. Sometimes I even make the decision to turn the flash off all on my own. Lol

Annie Coe said...

Your father is very handsome. I think theses are wonderful and I love the "mistakes". I am not a fan of perfection :-).