Transcending time is often on my mind when I am making photographs. Time plays many roles in photography, it is a key role in the exposure equation. I like to think about and look at ways I can jump out of my time to another with my photographs. My choices of the process are part of this leap, Platinum printing and now photogravure both lend themselves to making timeless pictures. For this portrait, I am using my 150-year-old Petzval lens, a big beautiful brass thing of the past. I think of photographs and the great photographers from the beginning of this medium and feel inspired in my own studio.
This hand-pulled polymer photogravure print is made with Gamblin stiff bone black and sepia ink, with a dash of Charbonnel sanguine ink on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper. I printed an edition of 10 numbered prints and 2 A/P prints.
Hand-pulled print by Ray Bidegain
Limited edition of 10
6.0 x 8.0 on an 11x15 sheet.
Signed numbered and dated by the artist on the lower front.