Bob Marshall has been a keen amateur photographer for around 50 years starting with a Brownie box camera in junior school. He has been a keen darkroom silver gelatin printer for most of that time before becoming seduced by digital cameras. In the last few years he has returned to film for much of his work and has also begun to explore a range of alternative processes concentrating particularly on modern cyanotypes and Van Dyke Brown prints. He enjoys the physical experience of making wet prints and the beauty of the products. In the last few months Bob has converted a treble garage into an alternative photography workshop, darkroom and studio which will enable him to pursue his passion in his retirement.
"Exploring alternative processes like cyanotypes and Van Dyke Browns has given me a renewed passion for photography. I love the creativity and experience of making unique hands on prints."
Notes on the processes:
Cyanotypes: using Mike Ware's modern chemistry to gain a wider tonal range on Arches Platine paper which I have found the most reliable. They vary in size from around A3 to A2+. Seven images of a Tree, East End Graffiti, Sicilian Window are all around A2+ size. Sicilian Window is an example of a tea toned image.
Van Dyke Brown: explored the use of this process with images from India to give a timeless feel. These images are all on Stonehenge paper and lightly gold toned which reduces the intensity of the brown and adds a slightly bluish purple tint. I am working on completing the set of these images all of which are roughly A3 sized.
For all these images I use an old vacuum UV exposure unit A2 sized bought of course from eBay. I brush coat the paper because I can't get on with rod coating and I use InkPress transparency medium on a roll imported from the States and using my Epson 4800 Pro printer.