Mary Church – Fine Art Photography
My love of photography deepened on the valley floor of Yosemite while working in the darkroom of the master Ansel Adams, and it was through the further inspiration of creative vision-aries Weston, Penn, Stieglitz. and Strand and their work in the fine art of platinum photography. that I was drawn to my medium.
Using the historic platinum/palladium/gum over process, with hand-mixed and hand-coated emulsions. I am able to create unique archival prints with a delicate tonal range.
Hand-pulled images can take up to 72 hours to create, beginning with a digital 35-mm negative, medium format film, hand coating the crafted paper from France, placing it into a light source, into the bathing process. then hanging. drying, resizing and drying a final time. A living, breathing image comes to life and will continue to live on for over 100 years. It is my hope that my images will bring the viewer into a place of deep pleasure for years to come… and so it begins!