Kallitype humidity problems

From: Nels Johnson ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 07/14/05-10:10:23 AM Z
Message-id: <6549302E-166F-4C9B-8B2A-D3D738A58814@centurytel.net>

Greetings to fellow printfreaks,

First off let me introduce myself. I am a soon to be retired
railroad engineer of some 39 years that will be turning in the
throttle, brake valve, and whistle for the life of a printmaker, of
which photography is truly one form. The former has provided a
reasonable standard of living. We'll see how the latter one does. I
am new to this discussion list, and impressed with how active it is,
and the depth of knowledge shared.

Secondly to my problem. I have been learning alternative processes,
and specifically Kallitype which give beautiful hues and tonal
values, from Christopher James book "The Book of Alternative
Photographic Processes," and Randall Webb and Martin Reed's book
"Alternative Photographic Processes, a Working Guide for Image
makers." I have been having problems with streaking and speckling on
my prints, which according to Christopher James can be attributed to
a workshop with high humidity. There is definitely high humidity
there, and since I work in a large communal area, I am thinking it
would be easier to change processes than try to dehumidify the entire
area. I am looking at Mike Ware's Argyrotype and New Chrysotype
processes. Has anyone had experience with these processes and can
express whether or not they are sensitive to humidity. Any other
thoughts would also be appreciated.

Finally, concerning the debates that have been recently been going
on. I would suggest one be content to express their viewpoint and
then leave it at that, rather than trying to have the last word. To
continue to debate indicates a certain insecurity in your viewpoint.

I hope to continue to have an enlightening experience amongst like
minded people.

Received on Thu Jul 14 10:10:35 2005

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