Clearing Dichromate Staining

Clearing Dichromate Staining

On occasions I find that some of my gum prints are stained yellow, which does not come out with washing. This is due to the dichromate being trapped in the paper or somehow attached to the surface of the paper. This is a well recognised phenomenon and the recommended treatment is to clear it with sodium metabisulphite.

These notes were taken while I tried this clearing technique - see how well it worked.

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Exploring White with the Carbon Print

Exploring White with the Carbon Print

I have been exploring the freedom that I get from a photographic printing that uses pigments, because I can use white pigment and start with a paper that is mid-toned. However, I'm finding that using the gum bichromate does not carry as much pigment as I would like.

Here I explore whether this could be achieved with white in the "carbon transfer process'.

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Trying a New Way to Add an Edge to the Subject

Trying a New Way to Add an Edge to the Subject

I've been playing with edges within photographs for many years - here I'm playing with masking fluid to create a sharp edge on a face in profile.

I'm using the image I call The Knowing Smile, which you can see in the Gum Gallery. I want to bring out the face more by only preparing part of the paper where the subject is - with a loose edge except around the face.

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