24 Carat Glided Badgers

I went on a gilding course this weekend.  I learned a lot about the process.  I had no idea that gold leaf sits on a cushion and the cushion is made of bones and chalk and mud. The first thing we did was melt some rabbit skin glue and I felt right at home after that as it smells like gelatine, because it is basically the same thing. Then we made gesso.  I have never really given much thought to what goes into gesso, but proper gesso is basically glue and chalk. It made a much more satisfying goo than …

why do it: redux

I have been thinking about the motivation to photograph a lot recently.  Thinking about why I do it and ruminating on why other other people choose to do it too.  I have an account on eyeem where I post pictures from my phone.  I use the filters which I would never do on on flickr and prettyfy my shit until it looks a lot like everybody else’s.  I never considered why I treated those things differently to the stuff I put on flickr, I just did it. It is the way it is done, I am part of the gang …

and lith

Sometimes, when you lith, you need something else to be doing in the mean time.  I was making some liquid emulsion prints yesterday and they are kind of time consuming, I was using rollei multigrade emulsion because the substrate is kind of soft and I wanted the text to come out.  So i made a lith at the same time.  Of course, it might have made more sense to not do it completely in old brown, but then I wouldn’t have had the entertaining two hours rocking the tray and then the added excitement of heating the soup to about …