How To Create Photograms In The Darkroom Or Outside In The Sun



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.

Feather Photogram by Pete Ippel

Feather Photogram 4 x 6 inches hand brushed silver gelatin on paper by Pete Ippel


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 ;-)
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Photographic Insight Into The Hypermodern Studio 2002



I was finishing up my thesis at Cornell University and taking double loads of classes in art and cognitive psychology in addition to Spanish. Note the lightsaber, Motorola v200 (Awesome for texting, but the speaker broke 3 times and I swapped out for Nokia 3660 the first camera phone in the US) and various cords and a gigantor thermal wax printer (which I still own).

Enjoy the ten-year Wayback Machine, with a surprise popup of Pete Ippel 2002…and yes all the images were shot with a Sony Mavica 640×480 px and written to a 3.5″ floppy disk.

So this is where the magic happened…lots of Mt. Dew Code Red, sleeping under my desk with a blanket and the computer fan blowing hot air on me to stay warm…then waking up to go to drawing class at 9am, grabbing a strawberry Pop-Tart on the way…

Thank you goes to all my friends and collaborators who provided wonderful support and helped me finish my Thesis “Priorities” on time.

Pete Ippel "Blue Room" Studio - The birthplace of Hypermodern Art, Cornell University

Pete Ippel "Blue Room" Studio - The birthplace of Hypermodern Art, Cornell University

2 Lightsabers, Lappy, CAT5 cable, Motorola v200, and a Spanish Book...Typical

2 Lightsabers, Lappy, CAT5 cable, and a Spanish Book...Typical Studio Equipent

Pete Ippel in "Blue Room" studio 2002, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Pete Ippel in "Blue Room" studio 2002, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Tectronix 300i Thermal Wax Printer, Macintosh, 2 servers, and a IBM Pentium 95

Tectronix 300i Thermal Wax Printer, Macintosh, 2 servers, and a IBM Pentium 95, and the first computer I ever owned: the Compaq 1535 DM

2002, running Windows 98, this was right before I first installed Redhat Linux...

2002, running Windows 98, this was right before I first installed Redhat Linux...

I’m Taking The Question Marks In My Life And Bending Them Into Exclamation Points. I Am The Human Interrobang. Pete Ippel #ALLRISK



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"I'm taking the question marks in my life and bending them into exclamation points. I am the human interrobang." Pete Ippel #ALLRISK ‽


"I'm taking the question marks in my life and bending them into exclamation points. I am the human interrobang." Pete Ippel #ALLRISK

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SHARISM is a Mind Revolution: The more you share, the more you receive. It is a ideology which promotes the sharing culture and economy as a way of thinking.

When You’ve Seen Yourself Dead, It Changes You.




Make-up 2008 – Saskia Edens

Pete Ippel Silver Skeleton

I was sitting on the #3 bus on the way to the Starlight Room sitting in the middle of the back row of seats, when we made the stop by Japan Town, and a French tour group was chatting and then they got near the back door of the bus, took one look at me, and sat in the Handicap seats up front.


Silver Skeleton 2007 – Pete Ippel

Peace Comes With Acknowledgement Of One’s Own Mortality.



It’s about knowing that life is finite, as is energy in any given form or shape. Energy flows out and in, to and from any vessel, and energy cannot be destroyed.

ROMA O MORTE (Rome or Death): Rome, Italy 2003 by Pete Ippel

ROMA O MORTE (Rome or Death): Rome, Italy 2003 by Pete Ippel


It’s the longing and the emptiness that allows for the kinetic and dynamic to enter. Harmony is false, because it denies flow. Being full is false, because it denies longing.

Openness allows for boundaries to exist, just as boundaries allow for openness…Thereby creating a vessel for energy. If there are no boundaries, there can be no peace nor present.

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