Live Oak (Quercus Virginiana) – Platinotype – Platinum Palladium
Platinotype photographs are distinguished by a matte surface and subtle tonal gradations, the image is embedded in the fibre of the paper. Because of the tonal range and surface quality of platinum prints, many fine art photographers of the late 19th and early 20th century preferred the process over gelatin silver prints. The platinum printing process was developed in the 1870s, and commercially made platinum papers were available until the rising costs of platinum during World War I made the process prohibitively expensive. Platinum prints were replaced by the similar, but less-expensive, palladium prints. Today platinum and palladium prints are widely considered the princes of the photographic medium, and the greatest expressions of fine art photography. Printing in platinum and palladium is acknowledged as the summit of early print processes. Photographs are formed in a permanent ‘noble’ metal, graduated in tones of neutral grey or warm sepia offering luminosity in the high values. Platinum and palladium are used individually, or mixed in any proportion, controlling the image hue and contrast. https://www.mikeware.co.uk/mikeware/Platino-Palladiotype.html
Danielle Edwards is an Australian photographer known for her images of plants, flowers and decaying items. For 29 years she was a practicing clinical photographer with a passion for Art and Science and these photographic passions continue to oscillate between the two disciplines. In 2019
Danielle was awarded the Mike Ware, Print Exposed award and in 2020 she was named the 2020 Louis Schmidt Laureate. The award is the highest honour presented by the Bio-Communications Association and is bestowed “for outstanding contributions to the progress of biocommunications. A regular contributor to National and International conferences. Her expertise is varied with a background in both science and art, her work published in both technical and creative publications.