How to make Crickets Making Salted Paper Prints for Crickets
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MANUAL: The Personalities of Hands is a book of portraits with a twist: personal stories and private secrets told through images of hands. Readers witness the diverse range of humanity through photographs and photograms of hands rather than traditional pictures of faces. The photographs also make up a fine art exhibition. Bill Westheimer has captured …
Sol Mednick Gallery, uArts, Philadelphia PA, August-September 2007 Westby Gallery, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, November – December 2007 Cypress College Gallery, Cypress CA, October-November 2008 Artspace Gallery, Richmond VA, February-March 2011 Ironworks Gallery, Orange NJ, December 2011-January 2012 SCCC Gallery, Newton NJ, October 2016
2019 - Ongoing
Collodion Wet-plate collodion photogram on stone, stand made of welded steel and rock - 3.5"x5" up to 8"x8" not including stand
The “Anthropocene” fossils are imaginary records of flora and fauna that might be found in a future geologic era. They are evidence of what was and hints of how it might have been extinguished. Just as the real fossils found by humans fill in the story of what lived and how it died in earlier geologic era, these created fossils are evidence what what might be becoming extinct as a result of human activity.
Wet-Plate Collodion on Laser etched Trophy Aluminum (Tintype) 6"x8" or 6"x6" or 4.25"x5.5"
After 35 years of making photograms I felt challenged to make something new, but it seemed I had photogrammed every kind of object. I decided to create my own objects to make photograms with - and the best place to start is with simple geometric shapes. I 3D printed geometric shapes which were placed on the wet tintype and exposed to light. Before making the photogram I laser-etched photographs of the geometric objects onto the aluminum to achieve a layered effect. I was able to produce new imagery of timeless shapes using 19th century analog process combined with 21st century laser etching and 3D printing.
Eleven collodion wet plate portraits made with color anodized aluminum mounted in a carefully spaced overlapping pattern standing off the black velvet background in a 18.5″ x 22.5″ frame
Eleven collodion wet plate portraits made with color anodized aluminum. The strobe light was so bright I didn’t want to photograph innocent subjects who might not be careful enough to avoid looking at the 5000 watt seconds of lights when they flashed. So I used the only subject who I trusted - my assistant Nick.
The unique (edition of 1) collodion wet-plate glass negatives are 4.25"x5.5" and can be contact printed as salted paper prints or silver gelatin prints. All images have been scanned and are available as limited edition digital pigment print enlargements up to 40"x50".
Clematis is a climbing vine with gorgeous flowers. These photograms are of the flower after the bloom has wilted, lost its petals, and gone to seed. The clematis flowers are placed in the enlarger and projected onto a collodion wet-plate glass plate.
Blog posts tagged with ''collodion''
A silver gelatin print of my dragonfly image was selected by juror Carol McCusker PhD. for the 1212 Gallery National Juried Photography Exhibition 2008 at 1212 Gallery in Richmond, VA. The show runs from October 3 to November 9th, 2008. The awards ceremony and opening reception is Sunday October 5th from 2-5pm.
Five of my MANUAL PROJECT portraits will be in the BODY PARTS exhibit at the Arts Guild of Rahway (now the Arts Guild of NJ) September 12- October 3 2008. The opening reception is Sunday September 14th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. The Arts Guild is at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway NJ 07065.
Bill's Dragonfly photogram is available through the Center for Photographic Art's 2006 Fine Print Program.