• Grant Handgis

"Blue Goose" ~ Palladium Print

The palladium book is finished and being rendered into book form. The printing has begun again, after a series of failures and obstacles presented themselves. What I had thought was a internal failure in my Canon 20D DSLR, being it simply stopped writing to the CF card. It worked one day then not the next. I tested three different CF cards which returned the same result. Then there was, shall we say, a hunch. Just a hunch, that said cameras just don't stop writing to memory if all else is functioning. Or so logic goes. That got me to pull out a backup card I kept in my camera bag. Works like it's supposed to. What are the odds three different cards all fail at once? i won't even get into the mystical demons messing with the scanner. Bad mojo there.

I was able to complete two prints today, in spite of demonic infected equipment. The first print was made as the base palladium image of an Arizona scenic I shot thirty years go, while visiting from Eugene. It was a late afternoon shot during the summer when the sun is at it's zenith and at the hot end of Arizona temperatures. The resultant glow of the textural area will render well with layers of gum colors printed down enough to be seen in the highlights, where that light will show up most. I don't plan on posting that first image layer of palladium as I have posted several examples of gum over palladium images from the base palladium image through each color layer, to show how the process proceeds and the logic behind it. For many posts focused on gum prints and gum over palladium prints see the blog that came before this one. It is several years worth of posts on printing.

This print is a palladium print, printed in my UV printer; 15 minutes ~ developed in potassium oxalate @ 75 degs F. I have begun a new portfolio made up of palladium and platinum/palladium (Na2) prints. What has changed is all the prints I make from now on will be either one of a kind or unique. The difference found in the certificate of authenticity, with a one of a kind print also having an artist's proof. A unique print is just that. No more editions. Way too old to have any need for that.

The Blue Goose is now an historical rail line that carried passengers in the 20th Century. This image was captured in 1983 when my kids were still kids. This line no longer exists.

Palladium Print

"Blue Goose" ~ 8x10 Unique

Western Oregon ~ 1983


g. Michael Handgis Photography


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