The image is taken in Studio Pelikan, a skylight studio from 1898, where Josip Pelikan was working. The studio is located in Celje, Slovenia and is now part of the Museum of Recent History Celje.
The print is a carbon print a contact copy from a wet plate collodion negative. Carbon printing process is known as the king of printing processes due to its tonality range and archival qualities. The carbon printing process does not use a developer or fixer or any other aggressive chemical, carbon printing process separates the exposed parts of the images from unexposed with the precise temperature of hot water. The sensitizer is a dangerous chemical, but only for the photographer and as we know there are plenty of photographers around. Joking aside I must add that all the contaminated water is being neutralised with sodium metabisulfite before going safely down the drain.
The carbon print is transferred on glass. Carbon print on glass has a very unique characteristic. The image appears almost like 3D, because the image is made by the relief of the pigmented gelatine, meaning the blacks are made by a thick layer of pigmented gelatine and whites are made with thin layer of gelatine. Personally it’s my favourite printing process.
This print is not a part of my art work, meaning this image is not a part of my art project, books, exhibitions. It’s an image I’ve made as a souvenir for myself and others, a homage to the Josip Pelikan and all the photographers before us. The print is an excellent example of my craftsmanship and how beautiful a double transfer carbon print from a wet plate collodion negative can be. Because the image and the print is not my art and it is not a limited edition, I offer it at much lower price then other images that are featured on my exhibitions and books.
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