My apologies for the dead silence period. It was unavoidable. At my age there is a finite amount of personal energy to be divided up for various tasks, and one of those tasks sucked all the oxygen out of the room over the past month, and that be the fourth book in the "Alchemist's Guide;" series. Whereupon I have been the one to put this book series together, including cover design and interior layout, a chance opening was presented me in the form of the aforementioned elements could be put together using InDesign, the ultimate software for this job. The visual difference is a stark improvement over drag & drop programs. The second improvement for this book is the coated stock for the interior with full color printing. Overall, this book will be greatly improved, and so much nicer for the reader, with full color photo images used for examples, warm toned, cool toned, etc.
Getting this book to print was the proverbial "long hard slosh". A month long effort, but worth it for the results, which is slated to be in my hands in two days time. This book is also a bit longer, at 122 pages. I needed that amount of runway to cover the topic as needed for those unfamiliar with the palladium process. Apparently, those who have bought the first three books of the series didn't feel inclined to leave a review, either good or bad. The two photographers who have read the book(s) have noted they liked them because they were easily understood. That was the feedback I had hoped for. My intention has been to lay out the concepts in context, so there is a visual framework for the reader, for connecting the elemental parts of the process into a cogent whole. This is the procedural route for autobiographical memory (learning to ride a bike). There is no memory loss for autobiographical memory. Only historical memory gets lost. Once you put something to practice, it is not forgotten.
That last sentence represents process. The second part of the teaching portion has to do with technique, which has to do with manipulating process to create a finished print that represents what the printer had pre-visualized the image to be. Simply knowing a process only allows a printer to begin experimenting, learning technique. An important distinction to be made. The sum of which is that the book is now officially done; listed, approved and released. That, for the author, is final done.
I will be taking a short break from the writing, to put more energy towards continuing the printing work with 11"14" Gold toned Kallitype prints, with the abstract series. The second negative of that series has been printed and up next. I will have a fresh image to show soon. For those interested in taking a look at the new Palladium book I leave the link for the amazon.com listing;