CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Opening Reception for Silver Prints - Photography by Tim Volk
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Founders Hall Art Gallery
Meet Tim Volk at his exhibit's
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Regular Founders Hall Art Gallery Hours: M-F, 9 am - 5 pm
In the vast ocean of images snapped daily, only a tiny trickle are still being produced with film and traditional printing paper. All the prints in this show were made by the slow and craft-oriented process of silver printing.
Time and labor inevitably dominate the comparison between digital and “analog” photography. My images are begun when the light strikes the film but it cannot be seen until some time later when the film is developed into a negative and still later enlarged onto silver sensitized paper in a darkroom, developed in chemicals, washed and dried. All this trouble used to be the only way to make a photographic image but it is now a choice. The payoff is the silver print itself and the subtle differences, the depth and richness of silver printing, more than compensate for the difficulty. Limited to a palette of lustrous grays, the silver image is both more abstract and more still than its counterparts, limitations that can often be strengths.
A camera should also be more than a neutral or mechanical transcriber of optical effects, it should be an integral part of the overall intention. The cameras which captured these images I either hand-made or extensively modified for my purposes. They range from the very large (11x14 inch film size) to medium format film (2_ inch square) and from extremely sharp to very soft. The images reflect these different qualities and approach to the subject.