A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Developed in the late 19th century, the platinum printing process is renowned for its quality. It has a permanency, producing warm blacks and mid-tone grays. In a new series of ‘Platinum Multiples’, along with a dash of British history, I’ve been inspired by this traditional photographic printing technique.
As far back as the classical world the Cassiterides, ‘tin islands’, were known to the Greeks and Romans as one of ‘the’ places to trade for what was then a rare and valuable resource. The mystical Tin Islands are what we now know as the UK. The boats used to transport the tin back to Europe may well have been made from locally sourced oak. With this kind of heritage, incorporating tin seemed a fitting accompinament to the English Oak tree.
Like the platinum print process, tin also has a beautiful warm, almost liquid quality. The Platinum Multiples use a modern digital print process to emulate the look of the traditional platinum print and are created by combining tin leaf and the print embedded in resin. All framed in a graphite finish frame.