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Yvonne Todd

Spirit Bear Fishing for Salmon – Carbon (Opalotype)

Yvonne Todd Opalotype Spirit Bear Fishing for Salmon

About Opalotypes: Opalotypes are printed on sheets of opaque, translucent white glass. Glover and Bold of Liverpool patented the process in 1857, it was also know as Opaltype and milk glass.  Early opalotypes were sometimes hand-tinted with colours to enhance their effect.  The basic opalotype technique used two basic techniques, transferring of a carbon print onto glass, or the exposure of light-sensitive emulsion on the glass surface to the negative either wet plate or silver liquid emulsion.  Opalotype printing was not commonly practiced due to the expense of the glass and disappeared by the 1930s. 

About Yvonne Todd: (Queensland Australia) I was born and spent most of my life in Southern Africa and began to photograph in my teens. After obtaining a diploma in photography I worked as a commercial photographer before turning my focus to personal projects.
I am naturally drawn to large, open spaces and wildlife and have spent many hours observing wildlife. In this time, I have witnessed similar qualities between us and wild animals.
I have also noticed that in our development as humans we have become disconnected from nature. We have greatly impacted their world, a situation which we largely ignore. I hope to create a visual legacy through my photography by creating images which not only highlight the beauty of these animals but also portray the fragility of their world. I do this by using the historical processes of silver gelatin, platinum palladium and carbon as well as printing on delicate and fragile substrates.