Jim Brodie

Tamar River #2

I was interested in combining photographs of 19th and 20th century architectural forms with the human figure and using digital technology to create an electronic collage. I have always been interested in combining photoprocesses with traditional printmaking techniques like etching or screen printing. The image of the man standing in the 19th century stone archway was enlarged, relative to the modern concrete bridge, and given a false diagonal perspective so it fitted into the shadow area of the bridge, and emphasised the bridge’s curve and its reflection which leads away from the left foreground to right foreground of the picture plane. I used a coarse, visible halftone dot in the image to simulate the type of image you would see in a newspaper.

I took two images, one of a man in an archway at Port Arthur and another of a bridge on the Tamar River. The images were edited and manipulated in Photoshop and then output to film as a positive with a halftone screen. The film positive was exposed on a Mitsui etching plate, developed and stopped out on the edges. The image was given a 90 second open bite in 14:1 nitric acid and then 15 progressive spray aquatints were applied until the entire image was stopped out. The plate was bitten for 60 in nitric acid before each aquatint. The plate was then cleaned and proofed. The shadow areas of the plate were strengthened using an electric engraver to give a really dense black. The edition was printed with Graphic Chemical black on 90 gsm Arches paper.

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  • Categories: 2008 Artist Profiles
  • Country: Australia
  • Medium: Digital Imaging, open bite, aquatint & engraving

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