The photo darkroom as a mystical place

The artistic goal is to compose the ideal combination of chaos and harmony to create a living image

These pictures are taken without technical tricks. All elements of the particular scenery are part of an arranged ensemble. The negatives are retouched thereafter and thus gain the aura of absence of time. Photo manipulation involves transforming or altering using various methods and techniques to achieve desired results. By changing the texture of the image, it removes the presence and space of the portrayed.

Double Exposure

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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To print multiple images on a single sheet of paper two negatives are placed together in the negative carrier. This method creates a result from a mixture of unconnected elements. To eliminate or fade out certain areas of each negative, pieces of cardboard and metal act as a dodge mask


Creating Photograms

Retouched portrait of a beautiful girl
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A photogram is a photographic image made without a camera. It involves placing things on the surface of a light sensitive material and then exposing them to light. Traditionally this process has been done using photographic paper.

Photograms are also made directly onto sheet film. These negatives are then be printed or enlarged, and used later in combination with other negatives.


Bleach, toner, hardener

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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After the print has been fixed and washed thoroughly, toning is done under full room light. Toned Photographs are printed about one dot darker than normal to compensate for the bleaching process. The toning process consists of several baths: Bleach, rinse, toner, rinse, hardener and final rinse.

After the print is rinsed in water for one minute and placed in a hardener bath for five minutes it is finally washed for 30 minutes.


Solarization or the Sabattier Effect

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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The Sabattier effect, also known as pseudo-solarization (or pseudo-solarisation), is a phenomenon in photography in which the image recorded on a negative or on a photographic print is wholly or partially reversed in tone. Dark areas appear light or light areas appear dark.

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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The technique is named for Armand Sabattier who first observed and wrote about this in 1862. Sabattier discovered (also by accident) that if a normally processed plate were re-exposed to light during development, part of the image would reverse itself (from positive to negative).

Oxidation

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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During developing, developer remains relatively fresh in an area of low density as less developing takes place, and consequently, developer oxidation product concentration remains relatively low. At the border between high and low density areas the relatively fresh developer diffuses laterally into the high density area and causes there a continuation of development.

Mackie line

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print

The result is an increased border density of the high density area, called Mackie lines. Creating this effect is simple, and highly unpredictable. Which makes it perfect for my work.

Dust, Scratches and Fingerprints

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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Texture and finishing touches are applied direct to the surface of the photographic paper with the help of petroleum jelly, paint, nail varnish and other common household and workshop supplies.

The Art of Boudoir Photography

Two women kissing
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The term boudoir comes from French and describes a dressing room. An elegantly furnished room in which the lady of the house could retire. Later the term boudoir became a photographic style, in which women are photographed in erotic situations. The term boudoir is above all associated with sensuality. It is about showing the seductiveness and beauty of women. Boudoir photography plays with the allure of women.

Retouched Boudoir fine art photography print
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  • THE DARKROOM AS A MYSTICAL PLACE
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Nude + Boudoir: Return to nature was the slogan of the life reform movement. Which also meant: Take your clothes off!


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