Robin Wait is a university teacher and researcher in biochemistry by day. About five years ago he returned to photography after a long absence (due mainly to work commitments), in the belief that the convenience of digital cameras would mean that it was a feasible hobby again. However the lure of film proved impossible to resist, and a classic addict’s progression from 35 mm, via 6 x 6 , then 6 x 7, to large format ensued. For the last two years he has used mainly 4 x 5 and 8 x 10 view cameras to produce images suitable for printing by alternative processes. His interest in alternative processes was fuelled by a love of nineteenth and early twentieth century photography. After a flirtation with cyanotypes and various iron /silver processes he settled on palladium and since May 2011 he has been learning to make prints using the Ware / Malde process. Although he does sometimes print 7x 5 and 8 x 10 negatives directly, he is not especially purist, and frequently converts them to digital negatives first, valuing the consistency that can be obtained by applying a curve tailored to the process and paper.
"To me the platinum print is incomparably the most beautiful of all photographic artefacts. Each print is a new exploration of the possibilities of tonality"