Alternative photographic processes: Platinum Palladium Prints
American Diary Halfway between the real and the imaginary, Melanie Jane Frey’s, photographic series American Diary is an invitation to a modest reading of a collection of intimate images. We guess that the artist lives a kind of pilgrimage, tinged with fantasy and a possessive desire for the places through which she passes. We feel a search of excessive fusion with what is being viewed. Thus the emphasized choice of a blurred vision is there, so as to protect a very private moment. The American Diary photographs, illustrate an escape. The frantic pace of life in the world is broken. Through the eye of the photographer, we embody with pleasure in a lazy look that oscillates and balances, without attachment, to classical aesthetic standards: and the horizon lines can end in flabby diagonals, leaning as we imagine, the head of the author who may be sitting or lying down to better savour the emotion of the moment. Dreamlike images with an offbeat aesthetic that serve the personal and sensitive vision of Melanie Jane Frey. The photographer shares with us the life of a rich inner journey, inviting us to take time to see with poetry, take time to be with yourself, take time to look…
Palladium / platinum printing was invented in 1873 by William Willis. The process produces photographs of unrivaled beauty and permanence. Basically, Mélanie-Jane Frey creates an image print by coating with brushes a light sensitive solution containing platinum onto Arches Platine paper, then she makes a final size digital negative. The print and negative are then exposed together via the contact method using an ultra violet light source. The process is completed with a bath with Potassium Oxalate developer, a clearing stage and a meticulous wash of the prints.
Print Purchase: Handmade original prints are available in 17×17 cm and 26×26cm sizes, each unique and sent with one artist proof. For additional information, special requests & current print prices: (+33) 06 12 37 29 57