A Master Printer

Over on TOP, here part1, and part 2. A two part article by the Photographer, Peter Turnley.

From the press release:
"Today, Mike Johnstonʼs The Online Photographer (TOP), a photography news and
discussion website for photographers, has published a significant original article. Itʼs a
profile of Voja Mitrovic (“Voja” is pronounced “Voya”), the darkroom master who printed
for Cartier-Bresson, Koudelka, Sebastiao Salgado, Werner Bischof, René Burri, Marc
Riboud, Robert Doisneau, Edouard Boubat, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Raymond Depardon,
Bruno Barbey, Jean Gaumy, Frederic Brenner, Max Vadukul, and Peter Lindbergh
to name a few."

The descriptions of the compexities of B&W printing are wonderful, and as usual, the commentary is very good. 

In my youth I spent a lot of time in wet darkrooms, so I have a lot of respect for the skills involved.


A new design?

A new design, sort of a curled leaf pattern, but also based on the stylization of the various patterns sometimes called after the painter, Childe Hassam.

These are another pair of the "Hassam" style frames; flat panels, a geometric quality to the moldings, with relatively simple patterns, though some get elaborate, with carved patterns on various steps of the molding. All three are "organic" in basis, though the middle is very stylized.

The top image, with it's burnished gold areas, is what I was striving for, though I'm not sure that that is that great.

The idea will never work if it isn't turned into something actual, and it may fail, or not. Time, a little time is needed. For me, the process of making something, the need to focus on the physical, makes it difficult for me to see with a clear and critical eye about a design, though there is a clear, critical eye about the technical aspects. Aesthetic vs technical.