Positive posts people make about their clients should be viewed with a certain amount of suspicion. It is like an infomercial in terms of credibility. I’m glad that Tom Grill, a fine art and commercial photographer, established his credibility way before we started working together. His work (both commercial and fine art) speak for themselves. So, talking about our collaboration is merely stating a few simple truths: Tom is a great photographer and writer, his fine art images were made for the platinum printing process, and I’m very fortunate to be a part of his process.
How we met: I’m always interested to learn how people discover me and the commercial platinum printing service I provide. He said it was through ebay. He was googling those “key words” and lo, I showed up at the top. Thank you internet! I’ve been accused many things but being pushy isn’t one of them. When I saw Tom’s images, I got really excited (read: pushy) for the work to begin. We hit it off right away. Tom has a very large catalog of fine art photography, and; his goal is elevate the process to the highest level of presentation and production he could. His work will be seen by galleries and collectors: a very sophisticated audience to say the least. The platinum printing process serves those needs very well.
Platinum prints have a long tonal scale and a softness that are both pleasing to the eye and environmentally stable and archival. Because the emulsion is soaked into the surface of the paper, there is a slight depth and dimensionality to the finished print. Tom’s images were perfect for this process. I told him so on several occasions without trying to sound desperate.
Technical information: All the images are digitally captured files. He prepares the files as he wants them printed and uploads them to a secure folder for me to download. I increase the canvas size (to make a clean border), invert the file, apply a curve and print a negative. Square images are printed at 12×12 inches and the panoramics are 16 inches wide. Making platinum prints this size requires a lot of focus and consistent preparation. There is always something that goes wrong. Each print takes about an hour. Every step along the way must be mindfully completed. The paradox with platinum is each day brings new variables: humidity, chemistry, developer concentrations, etc. A finished platinum print really is a reflection of time and attention; not to mention, more than slight frustration at times.
Tom’s images themselves are made from a place of mindfulness. His images are peaceful and inviting. He has a great sense for light and composition. The best part of my job is getting to watch his work come into the world. Each print I make gives him better information on how to prepare the future files. He is learning about platinum printing and making adjustments to each file to maximize the quality the process can provide. I’m honored to be able to help him complete his vision.