Apollo

During the infancy of photography many Calotypists chose to perfect their technique photographing Statues . As inanimate objects they of course could stay still for the long exposures required to produce a workable image . The Calotypist could then study light and shadow as well as experiment with varying chemistries.

The inventor of modern Photography William Henry Fox Talbot had a plaster cast of a Homeric Hero a 2 nd century Roman statue held in the British Museum . He called this Patroclus and there are at least 47 distinct photographs of him by Talbot . The original is still on display at the British Museum and indeed the Museum was still selling casts of this amazing sculpture into the 1990s. Talbot’s other favourite was a Statuette of Eve at the fountain of which he took at least 29 images.

The Scottish photographer John Muir Wood practised with a bust of Bacchus and the great B B Turner had a bust of Dionysus.

Me I have Apollo the God of light . These images are my experiments in light and with the varying Calotype processes .

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Paper , Shadows and Light. - Leucotype . The Leucotype process was Talbots attempt at producing a single direct positive print , in answer to the Daguerreotype .In the event it was eclipsed by the Calotype from which of course you could produce many prints. Talbots notes of 20th April 1841 and 3 April 1843 give the general idea and his thought process but lack detail . Here I have used the method outlined in 1843 Talbots notes are , as usual sketchy to say the least , Sir David Brewsters notes of the same year are better but still lack detail. This is my first attempt at this rare process and it works ! I just need to fine tune it .
Leucotype . The Leucotype process was Talbots attempt at producing a single direct positive print , in answer to the Daguerreotype .In the event it was eclipsed by the Calotype from which of course you could produce many prints. Talbots notes of 20th April 1841 and 3 April 1843 give the general idea and his thought process but lack detail . Here I have used the method outlined in 1843 Talbots notes are , as usual sketchy to say the least , Sir David Brewsters notes of the same year are better but still lack detail. This is my first attempt at this rare process and it works ! I just need to fine tune it .
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