24×18 Photo-Intaglio print of a manipulated photo that I took in winter of 2015 in Central Park.
I was trying to capture the twisted textures of the trees, contrasting the distant urban skyline, but the photo process filled in the trees as a flat black, and the emphasis is now on the dramatic sky contrasting the exciting weave of shadows on the walkway. As usual, printmaking doesn’t always do what I expect but I do like this image in the end.
I redid the plate, with an ochre/sienna ink, and layered it with a second plate, created from a different photo, after using the curves tool in photoshop to isolate the blacks. I also gave the 2nd plate a longer exposure to be sure the details in the black would print. This new image captures the sky and light areas of the photo with the first yellow plate, and the rich textures are captured on the black plate.
I plan to experiment further with this image in the spring of 2016