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Petr Malek

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Gum Oil

"A 19th century photographic printing technique seldom used these days. High quality rag paper is hand coated with a gum sensitised emulsion and when dry it is then contact printed with a large photographic positive print. The exposure in made by the sun. Water is used to develop the exposed print.
Artist’s oil colours are then used to rub the pigments into the print and with each subsequent etching more layers of colour can be added. It is a very delicate and time consuming process, having a high rate of failure, but if the process works it has an exquisite and fragile beauty unequal to any other conventional photographic interpretation".
Rows of gondolas along the Grand Canal Venice. Rows of gondolas along the Grand Canal Venice.

Grand Canal Venice
Rows of terraced buildings along the road in Telc Czechoslovakia. Rows of terraced buildings along the road in Telc Czechoslovakia.

Telc
Opium Poppies. Opium Poppies.



Opium Poppy
A lone gondola anchored in the canal waiting for a customer. A lone gondola anchored in the canal waiting for a customer.

Waiting
Oil stained reflections in the water at the bow of and old timber boat. Oil stained reflections in the water at the bow of and old timber boat.

Reflections
A steep paved streetscape painted with a yellow watercolour finish A steep paved streetscape painted with a yellow watercolour finish

Cesky Krumlov
Chromoscedasic Games

"Black and white images are manipulated on black and white paper by photochemical solarization. Silver Halides within the emulsion are slowly dissolved to smaller and smaller particles and this gives the reflective reddish spectrum. I find this as useful and satisfying way as any another means of photographic image interpretation."
The tails of fish laid out with luminous rusty red reflections The tails of fish laid out with luminous rusty red reflections

Fish Tales
Rows of octupus glimmering with a rusty finish Rows of octupus glimmering with a rusty finish

Octopussy
Rows of fish heads showing long jaws and razor sharp teeth almost the stuff of a childs nightmare Rows of fish heads showing long jaws and razor sharp teeth almost the stuff of a childs nightmare

Teeth
Mordancage

"A process that was used very successfully by the great French photographer Sudre and passed on to his followers via a series of workshops. For the technically minded, Black and White image is developed using the standard process to gain high archival quality. It is then bleached and re-developed several times, manipulating the emulsion to its desired level of colour and texture. The image is then allowed to oxidise to take on its final hues. It is a very delicate and time consuming process, but when the process works it has an exquisite and fragile beauty unequal to any other conventional photographic interpretation.
Black and white images are manipulated on black and white paper by photochemical solarization. Silver Halides within the emulsion are slowly dissolved to smaller and smaller particles and this gives the reflective reddish spectrum. I find this a useful and satisfying way as an another means of photographic image interpretation."
A monochromatic mushroom coloured view of a close up of the throat of a slipper orchid. The textures are more fragile and earthy. A monochromatic mushroom coloured view of a close up of the throat of a slipper orchid. The textures are more fragile and earthy.

Slipper Orchid
A single monochrome gum leaf against a mottled almost burnt background. A single monochrome gum leaf against a mottled almost burnt background.

Gum Leaf
A teasle flower against a mottled papery background. A teasle flower against a mottled papery background.

Teasel No. 1
2 teasle flowers drooping forward.  The sharp edges of the flower appear almost sketch like. 2 teasle flowers drooping forward.  The sharp edges of the flower appear almost sketch like.

Teasle No. 2

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