Oyster Plant Silver Leaf Detail

Oyster Leaf detail, from the Garden Series, 28 x 35cm gelatin silver print personally hand printed by Alex Bond, freight included.
Hands in developing dish under normal room light pushing wet Oyster Plant Silver Leaf Print under wash water
Washing for inspection Oyster Plant Silver Leaf Print

I was visiting a friend when I made this image Oyster Plant Silver Leaf Detail in their backyard.

It was early morning and there had been a light sprinkling of rain overnight. I was intrigued by this plant’s leaves, their smooth tonality and firmness in structure.

Taking out my 4×5 camera, I wondered if I could make a pleasing composition of the Oyster Plant’s leafy shapes and tones. With a standard focal length lens on my camera and good bellows extension, I was able to achieve a very satisfying composition on the ground glass.

Using the shift movement on the front standard allowed me to fine-tune my composition, without the need to shift the position of my camera. Plus, with a viewfinder that is 4×5 inches, composing such intricate forms is a pleasure.

When I pulled this negative out of the developer, I knew I would have fun printing it. Holding the negative over the light table you can see a beautiful range of tones and forms.

Examining the wet print

Dry Mounting Prints for Exhibition

This print was exhibited in the 2023 Beverley Art Prize. I like to dry mount all of my exhibition prints onto 100% cotton museum board.

Dry mounting Oyster Plant Silver Leaf

Oyster Plant Silver Leaf Detail, 28 x 35cm gelatin silver print personally hand printed by Alex Bond, freight included.

150mm lens, Wista field camera, Tmax 400 4×5 film. 11×14 inch fibre-based silver gelatin print on Fomabrom 111.

  • Limited Edition: Print 2 of Edition of 10
  • Signed, numbered, with handwritten darkroom printing notes, all on verso in chinagraph
  • Size 28x35cm: photographic paper with a 5mm white border around all sides of the image.
  • Material: Silver gelatin baryta fibre base photographic paper, personally hand-printed by Alex Bond, using current archival processes.
  • Worldwide Shipping: Prints are carefully rolled and packed in sturdy tube mailers.

Since 1989, Alex Bond has published cards, calendars, books, and posters under his imprint Stormlight Publishing. His images showcase the West Australian environment. Bond's handcrafted, silver-gelatin, fibre-based prints are personally made by the author in his darkroom.

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