Since 1987, I have made three major series of work ; “CHI SUI KI”, “Perceiving” and “Beyond Spheres”. All of my series of were produced by classic (historical) photographic printing process on Japanese handmade gampi paper. I feel at this point in my career I need to take the time to complete editions of all the large scale prints in all three of the series. The legacy printing is for future collectors both individuals and museums. All the classic (historical) printing methods I employ are labor intensive and especially so in the production of the large-scale prints. The materials involved in printing the large-scale platinum palladium prints are also quite expensive. At this moment, I calculate it will take about 2 years to complete the large-scale platinum palladium prints.
From 2010 to 2017 I worked on the series “Beyond Spheres” which was started as a tribute to Henry D. Thoreau and Henry Fox Talbot. Throughout the 7 years I mainly photographed and did my printing in New England. In 2017, to commemorate the 200 years since Thoreau’s birth, exhibitions were held throughout New England. The series includes 55 images from Talbotype paper negatives[i] and 5 Le Gray wax paper negatives[ii]. “Beyond Spheres” prints were produced by either the Salted paper[iii] or Albumen[iv] printing process.
The series called “ Perceiving” is composed of multiple images of platinum palladium on hand-coated gampi paper. This series started in 2003 includes 60 images at the present time. All the photographs were taken in the United States. Largest image size is 24x40”.
The series of nature landscapes, “CHI SUI KI” (Earth, Water & Air) began in 1987 with the shooting of Dark Cloud. The series has continued for more than 30 years and there are 70 images to date photographed in Japan, United States and Europe. The two large-scale image sizes are 24x30” and 23x34”.
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All my work begins with the original exposure on large format film. Then the original film negative is enlarged (if necessary) in the darkroom to the desired size of the contact print which is a hallmark of classical (historical) processes.
[i] Talbotype Paper Negative: Calotype or talbotype is an early photographic process introduced in 1841 by William Henry Fox Talbot, using paper coated with silver iodide. The term calotype comes from the Greek καλός (kalos), "beautiful", and τύπος (tupos), "impression".
[ii] Gustave LeGray Waxed Paper Negatives: This variant on the Talbotype (Calotype) used wax to create a smoother surface allowing the negative to capture finer details.
[iii] Salted Paper Prints: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salt_print or https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/saltprintsatharvard/characteristics-salted-paper-prints
The salted paper technique was created in the mid-1830s by English scientist and inventor Henry Fox Talbot. He made what he called "sensitive paper" for "photogenic drawing" by wetting a sheet of writing paper with a weak solution of ordinary table salt (sodium chloride), blotting and drying it, then brushing one side with a strong solution of silver nitrate. This produced a tenacious coating of silver chloride in an especially light-sensitive chemical condition.
[iv] Albumen Process: Albumen prints were the most common type of photographic print made during the nineteenth century. They are characterized by a smooth, shiny surface, which is the result of a coating of egg whites (albumen). The color can vary a great deal depending upon the treatment given during processing, but most often it is purplish-brown. [Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/rr/print/coll/589_albumen.html