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Elizabeth Parsons

Sacred Heart Cathedral – Palladium
Melbourne GPO – Palladium 

Platinotype: 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.

About Elizabeth Parsons: ( Victoria Australia) My passion for photography developed from a young age encouraged by my father, who was also a photographer.  I love the intimate peek at the details of nature captured by my cameras, the beauty and detail usually missed by the naked eye. 

I live on a comparatively isolated property in country Victoria that is never sprayed and is often not very tidy in the garden or its woods.  As a result, the property abounds with life; some creatures so tiny or quick we too easily miss their existence, and never see their beauty.

I also have a particular love for marine mammals and wildlife having spent quite a lot of time with wildlife conservationists.  My hope is that my photographs of this subject will show to others the beauty of these animals and highlight the plight they are facing because of damage to their environment.Recently, having taken workshops in alternative photography processes at Gold Street Studios, has come a love for creating platinum/palladium photographic prints and this has led to looking at different photographic subjects, those with structure and texture to bring out the best in this process.


Elizabeth Parsons Palladium Sacred Heart Catherdral
Elizabeth Parsons Palladium Melbourne GPO