Many of the trees I have photographed have survived because they are out of reach of civilization; on mountainsides, private estates, or on protected land. Certain species exist only in a few isolated areas of the world. For example; there are 6 species of spectacular baobabs, found only on the island of Madagascar. Sadly, the baobab is now one of the 3 most endangered species on the ... (http://bethmoon.com/portraitsoftime/)



....So how does the connoisseur avoid becoming part of an industry that is turning fine art into a commodity? I’d like to quote John Stevenson who has over 25 years experience collecting platinum prints; “It may be that photography has one more dimension still largely unexplored, one more joy. It unfolds when we go beyond the taking of the marvelous image, into the making of the marvelous expression of the image. When we go beyond the artist’s eye, to the artist’s hand.” John coined the following phrase for a show that included platinum prints at his gallery aptly titled, ‘Noble Processes in a Digital Age.’

With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years.

This process gives tones that range from cool blacks, neutral grays, to rich sepia browns. Paper choice is key, I use Arches Platine, a 100% cotton, water color paper with natural deckle edges that has been made by the same mill in France since 1492.

Contact printing means you need a negative the size of the image. Printing methods from the 19th century teamed with technology from the 21st makes the best of both worlds. Once a negative is scanned into a computer it can then be enlarged and output as a high resolution negative printed on transparency material. (http://bethmoon.com/process/)
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