I have been traveling through my portfolio and documenting my work, here’s how to create images similar to this feather. I highly recommend trying alternative photography processes.
Substrate: I used cold press acid-free watercolor paper
Chemistry: Liquid Light http://www.rockaloid.com/products.html
For the meticulous folk with professional darkroom access
- Coat the paper with Liquid Light in a dark room using a nylon brush, they’re easier to clean.
- Let the paper dry completely.
- Place the object on the paper
- Expose to a light with appropriate time (check the Liquid Light box for details)
- Develop using standard developer and fixer baths.
If you’re feeling frisky and want to put some of the process to chance:
- Coat the paper in the pitch black at home
- Let it dry
- Place paper in an opaque bag with the object sitting on the paper and walk outside
- Pull the paper with the object on top out of the bag and place it in the sun. Count a few seconds, and go develop it according to the instructions on the bottle.
If you get a black piece of paper with no image, shorten the time in the sun 😉