I enjoy history and find many of my subjects as I explore areas of cultural significance in my travels. I really enjoy researching the subjects I shoot and talking with people who may have some connection or knowledge of the structure or area. When I’m fortunate enough to have proper shooting conditions while I’m exploring I spend some time and get as many shots as I can. If the conditions are poor then I will return on another day and try to learn a little more before I go back. I often shoot subjects numerous times over several months to capture the seasons, different times of the day, or sometimes stages of deterioration. I do not limit myself to a single method of image capture in fact I often shoot a subject in digital, film, and even Infrared. I love when the framing and paper can be as much a part of the artwork as the image and look for mediums that enhance my images. I enjoy breaking from the traditional gallery standards when appropriate but have no problems with traditional. In 2017 I made the decision to start printing many of my photographs in platinum and palladium and alternative photography methods. These photos are known for their beauty, archival stability and unique, one-of-a-kind print. Made from the salts of platinum and palladium, which are noble metals. The platinum salt emulsions are imbedded into the fibers of the paper by brushing or use of a glass rod. As with most historical photographic processes, a platinum print is made by placing the negative and emulsion-coated paper in direct contact with each other. Therefore, the size of the photographic print is equal to the size of the negative. I still also print with an inkjet as not all images are suited to alternative printing methods and also when a less costly method is appropriate or when printing in color.
Paul Seymour
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