for a few years now have been making contact prints, and camera prints with just photo paper.
it started off as an experiment because i saw how easy it was to make cyanotypes, and i saw some absolutely
beautiful lumenprints by a photographer named bruce. he made contact prints with plants and a heavy piece of glass on top
it was left in the sun, and the plant sort of bakes into the paper. the print appears like a photogram, and through coaxing and toning
the image can be preserved. they are something to behold … i took a different route ..
instead of putting plants under glass, i just leave them on top, i don’t mind air spaces and depth and shadow. i also put negatives on the
paper ( regular old photo paper ) and glass on top or in a contact frame … and in both cases images appear, but they can’t be preserved
seeing the plants or film didn’t bake into the paper … so i scan the images to preserve them. i also use cameras to do this sort of thing to.
instead of a small pinhole and leaving the camera open for 6 months i use a regular lens and leave the shutter open from anywhere from 30mins
to 8 hours. again the images can’t be fixed, so i scan them.
today i loaded my graflex 3A postcard slr with a sheet of 5×7 paper and left the shutter open for about 30mins.
i inverted it to make it a positive image
and a little while ago i added colors to the negative