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April 27, 2008


The lack of white in this picture does not just come from printing a regular black and white print but comes from doing a process called solarization. It gives the picture often an eriy feel. The eriy feel really matches the subject of the photograph. Also taken at Lake View Cemetery, it is a close up of the face of a gravemarker now known as the “Crying Angel.” Made of bronze, over the years rain has corroded away the original look and created the feel of a crying person, this being an angel.

So onto the process of solarization. First you pick the negative you are going to use. Pictures that have a lot of lines in them work really well and a lot of contrast also works. If the negative is not that contrasty use a contrast filter to increase it, never try to decrease it. My original photograph looked a little like, but after the process the white became more silvery looking.


What you do is begin the printing process of like one normally would. But when you put it into the developer expose it automatically to white light for about 2 seconds. Once that is done finish the printing process of the chemicals. And you have one wonderful solarized image.

Solarization is one of my favorite things to do when playing around with printing. It gives the images a very cool look and can often turn a boring image into a frightening one.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Meredith permalink
    April 28, 2008 2:34 pm

    That looks great

  2. May 4, 2008 10:37 pm

    Maggie that is creeeeeepy. I’ve heard of the process but never really seen it in action. I like it! This was a perfect shot to apply it to.


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