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Photogram on Glass Negative


This is part of a long running series of cameraless images. I make a negative out of materials i have on hand ( hand made negative ) and project light onto the light sensitive material and develop it. This image was made using a 5x7" glass plate I coated with light sensitive emulsion. It is what used to be called a "dry plate" i then took the negative and printed it out onto photopaper. In both cases the developer I used was made with coffee I roast myself just for use as a developer.

i have been a freelance photographer since about 1988, shooting everything from weddings to portraits to site architecture / documentation. while i have and use digital cameras, i would rather my initial image be created using traditional materials. i use film and paper and glass and metal as negatives. i coat things myself with emulsion. in addition to silver based images, i also make iron based ones, called cyanotypes.

John Nanian

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