Ellie Young – Glass and Gold – Feb 2020 /April 2020


Of Gold and Glass

Runs from February 2nd 2020 to April12th 2020

Offical Opening Sunday 2nd February 2.00pm to 4.30 pm Opening speech by Associate Professor Gale Spring at 2.30 pm 

The Orotones Carbon and Gelatin emulsion works in the exhibition use glass and gold as the base to the images.  With these works, simultaneously captured the bold, graphic qualities of her subject and their nuances of texture and tonality. They have a rich topographies with minute details and subtlety up close.


The carbon transfer is a beautiful historic photographic processes which rely on the ability of potassium dichromate to harden gelatin when exposed to ultra violet light. The process was first invented in 1855 by Louis Alphonse Poitevin Poitevin produced monochrome prints made with carbon black pigment. This gave the process its name.


An orotone photograph is created by printing from a negative to create a positive on a glass plate precoated with a silver gelatin emulsion or carbon transfer process. Following exposure and development, the back of the plate is coated with gold-colored pigment creating a gold-toned image.