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Ellie Young

Ellie Young Orotone Cactus Echeveria Elegans

Cactus Echeveria Elegans – Orotone 

Orotone printing had limited popularity during the late 19th-century through the 1940’s. Seattle photographer Edward S. Curtis refined the technique to the extent that he eventually was considered the greatest master of the process producing hundreds of orotone photographs of Native Americans during his career. The exposed carbon tissue is transferred onto the glass to create the image. Liquid gold solution is applied to the reverse of the image on the glass. The three-dimensional effect that is formed comes from the reflectivity of the gold and the internal reflections that are created due to the spatial separation between the gold and image layer.    

Ellie Young is the founder of Gold Street Studios. Since its establishment in 1999 gold street studios has become the centre for alternative photographic print processes in Australia and New Zealand.  The studios provide a resource Centre for photographic image makers and attracts both local and international participants seeking to advance their knowledge and skills in the art, craft and science of traditional handmade and early photographic print processes.

Ellie’s passion is in the handmade photograph, this drives her in her personal creative work and in her desire to share that knowledge through Gold Street Studios. This has led to an excess of 40 different workshops on current and historical photographic techniques. Ellie has taken this one step further with her association with Nanjing University in China, where she travels to regularly to host workshops.